The Many Uses of Baking Soda

Baking soda is a cheap and handy item in every household, whose uses are many fold. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
Baking soda is a cheap and handy item in every household, whose uses are many fold. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Baking soda is a cheap and handy item in every household, whose uses are many fold. Other than its use in baking or as an odor absorber, it is also a great medicinal, household cleaning, and skin care product.

Mosquito bites or bee stings

Make a paste of baking soda and water, and apply it on the swollen area. Reapply it when it dries. Repeated use can effectively diminish the pain and swelling.

Colds and flu

Baking soda and water can be used to wash your hands and face in lieu of soap to help prevent the spread of germs.

If symptoms also include the chills and a runny nose, use brown sugar instead of white when preparing the steamed egg. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Baking soda and water can be used to wash your hands and face in lieu of soap to help prevent germs from spreading. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Backpain and arthritis

Use baking soda and water to make a paste and rub it over the painful area and reapply as needed.

Rheumatism

Mix baking soda with warm water. Wash the painful area repeatedly with the solution. The mixture can also be used as a hot pad with a towel for the same purpose.

Gout

Dilute 300-400 g of baking soda in hot water. Wrap a towel on the infected foot and pour the solution onto the towel, and leave it on for an hour. Repeat the procedure twice a day. For chronic gout sufferers, repeat the procedure several times a day with 20-minute sessions.

Blood pressure

Add a tablespoon of salt and about 150 g of baking soda to water and bring it to a boil. Soak your feet in the cooled but still hot solution. For low blood pressure patients, the amount of baking soda should be less, while for high blood pressure patients, the amount should be be more.

Add a large spoon of salt and about a quarter cup of of baking soda to water and bring it to a boil. Soak your feet in the cooled but still hot solution. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Add a tablespoon of salt and about 150 g of baking soda to water and bring it to a boil. Soak your feet in the cooled but still hot solution. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Silverware

Add baking soda to a wet cloth and rub the tarnished area with the solution. The silverware will brighten again.

Pots and pans

Fill half of the pot or pan with water and baking soda and bring it to a boil. Once the burned residue loosens, clean the pot or pan as usual. Coffee pots can be cleaned using the same method.

Produce

Soak the produce in water with baking soda. The chemical residue will dissolve in the solution and can be washed away.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Soak the produce in water with baking soda. The chemical residue will dissolve in the solution and can be washed away. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Dandruff

Add a small amount of baking soda to your shampoo to remove dandruff effectively.

Dry hands

Add baking soda to coconut oil to make a cream. Apply the mixture to your hands and place them in cotton gloves before going to bed. Your hands will feel smoother in the morning.

The writer of this story is not a medical professional, and the information that is in this story has been collected from reliable sources — every precaution has been taken to ensure its accuracy. The information provided is for general information purposes only, and should not be substituted for professional health care.

Translated by Cecilia.

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