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Beauty Benefits Of Baking Soda

Baking soda is incredibly versatile and can be used to treat a lot of different issues. Following is a list of the 20 different beneficial ways in which you can use baking soda.

Note: Please ensure that you are using baking soda and not baking powder for the following remedies to be effective.

Method

  1. Mix the baking soda and the water until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Wash your hands and your face and pat them dry with a clean towel.
  3. Massage the paste onto your nose and other areas affected by pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads.
  4. Leave it on for about 2-3 minutes and rinse off the paste with warm water.
  5. Rinse your face for a second time with cool water and pat dry with a clean towel.
  6. Finish by using a non-comedogenic moisturizer as baking soda can be quite drying on your face.

Why This Works

Baking soda is an excellent remedy for pimples and blackheads. It is a mild exfoliant that helps remove dead skin and cleans your pores. It does this while helping dry out and heal existing acne. Baking soda also has antibacterial properties, which prevent acne breakouts.

Method

  1. Mix the baking soda and the lemon juice until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Wash your hands and your face.
  3. Using a towel, pat away the excess moisture from your face, leaving it slightly damp.
  4. Massage the paste onto the areas affected by acne marks, dark spots, and pigmentation.
  5. Leave it on for about 1-2 minutes and rinse off the paste with warm water.
  6. Rinse your face for a second time with cool water and pat dry with a clean towel.
  7. Finish by using a non-comedogenic moisturizer as baking soda can be quite drying on your face.

Why This Works

Baking soda and lemon juice have bleaching properties that help lighten and fade scars. It also helps you achieve an even skin tone by getting rid of dead skin cells.

Method

  1. In a jug, dilute the baking soda with a cup of water and set the mixture aside.
  2. Wash your face as your normally would with your regular cleanser.
  3. Splash the baking soda onto your face and then pat dry.
  4. Proceed to moisturize your face with a non-comedogenic product.

How Often?

Use this toner about 3-4 times a week instead of your regular toner.

Why This Works

Baking soda is an astringent that helps clean out your pores while shrinking them. This treatment also prevents acne by keeping your pores clean and sealed.

Method

  1. Mix and dilute the baking soda with water until you get a runny paste.
  2. Cleanse your neck and pat it dry with a clean towel.
  3. Apply the baking soda paste and wait for about 15 minutes.
  4. Wash your neck with cool water.
  5. Moisturize with a non-comedogenic moisturizer.

How Often?

Repeat this daily until you see your neck lighten. Once you notice a difference, use this treatment twice a week to maintain an even complexion. Following the same treatment, you can also use baking soda for lightening your elbows and your knees.

Method

  1. Mix the baking soda and the orange juice until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Wash your hands and your face.
  3. Using a towel, pat away the excess moisture from your face, leaving it slightly damp.
  4. Apply paste onto your face like you would a face mask. Once your face is evenly covered, wait for 15 minutes.
  5. Pat some water onto your face and rub the face pack loose.
  6. Rinse your face with cool water and pat dry with a clean towel.
  7. Finish by using a non-comedogenic moisturizer.

Why This Works

Orange has a slightly acidic pH which helps maintain the pH balance of your skin. It also contains a lot of vitamin C which helps give your skin a collagen boost. The exfoliating and cleansing properties of baking soda can remove impurities and dead skin cells from your pores.

Method

  1. Dilute the baking soda with about a teaspoon of water. You need the paste to have a thick consistency.
  2. Wash your face with your regular cleanser and pat dry with a clean towel.
  3. Apply the baking soda all over your face, leaving out the fragile skin around your eyes, and scrub for about 15-20 seconds.
  4. Rinse the baking soda off with cool water.
  5. Moisturize with non-comedogenic, mattifying moisturizer.

Why This Works

This baking soda scrub helps exfoliate your face and control moisture. It is necessary to moisturize right after using this scrub as it can be quite drying on your face. Because baking soda can sometimes cause irritation, it is not recommended for people with sensitive skin to use this scrub.

Method

  1. Mix the baking soda and the coconut oil until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Apply this mixture to the affected area and leave it on for about 5 minutes.
  3. Rinse the mixture off with cool water.

Why This Works

Coconut oil has soothing antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help calm your skin.

Method

  1. Combine honey and baking soda until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Apply this mixture onto your lips and leave it on for about 2 minutes.
  3. Using your fingertips, gently rub the mixture on your lips to exfoliate.

Why This Works

Honey and baking soda help get rid of the dead skin cells from your lips. They also help bleach your skin to naturally lighten the color of your lips.

Method

  1. Mix the baking soda with a few drops of water until you get a thick paste.
  2. Scoop the mixture up with your toothbrush and start brushing your teeth.
  3. Do not brush your teeth sideways as this can be abrasive. Instead, gently brush it up using up and down and circular motions.
  4. Rinse the toothbrush and your mouth.

Why This Works

Baking soda is a mild abrasive which helps remove the stains from the surface of your teeth, making them appear to be whiter.

You Will Need

  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 cup 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 cup Epsom Salt
  • 1/4 cup Boiling Water
  • 1/4 cup White Vinegar
  • Bottle for storage

Method

  1. Combine the Baking soda with the Epsom salt and hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Add the boiling water to the mixture and blend.
  3. Add vinegar to the solution and then store it in a bottle.
  4. Apply this solution to your moles and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Rinse with water.

Why This Works

Baking soda, when combined with other ingredients, forms a caustic solution that helps dehydrate moles while also bleaching them.

Method

  1. Combine the baking soda with the boiling water and let the solution cool.
  2. Soak a piece of cotton in the solution and then drain it.
  3. Secure it to the problem areas with some bandage.
  4. Leave it on overnight.
  5. In the morning, remove the bandage, rinse your face, and apply a nourishing moisturizer.

Why This Works

This solution helps dehydrate your hair follicles and damages them, resulting in the hair falling out. However, since baking soda can cause skin irritation, conduct a patch test before you try out this remedy.

You Will Need

  • 2 tbsp Castor Oil
  • 1 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Water
  • 1 pair of Tweezers

Method

  1. Wash your hands and the affected area. Proceed to pat them dry with a towel.
  2. Apply the castor oil onto your skin and massage it in with your fingertips for about 15 minutes.
  3. Wipe away the oil with a damp towel.
  4. Combine the baking soda with a teaspoon of water and start gently rubbing the mixture onto the affected areas. Do this for about 2 minutes.
  5. Your ingrown hair should be more exposed at this point. Using a tweezer, pluck them out and then proceed to wash your face again.
  6. Let your skin heal naturally.

Why This Works

Baking soda helps gently exfoliate your skin while also keeping it from getting infected.

Method

  1. Combine all the ingredients and store it in a shampoo bottle.
  2. Rinse your hair with water and pour some of the baking soda solution onto your scalp.
  3. Massage your scalp and your hair with the solution for a couple of minutes.
  4. Rinse the baking soda out and proceed to condition your hair.
  5. Squeeze the excess water out of your hair with a towel and proceed to let your hair air-dry.

How Often?

Substitute your regular shampoo with this solution and use it as often as you would shampoo.

Why This Works

The ‘no-poo’ method has been getting a lot of attention lately, and this baking soda solution is one of the most popular ways of jumping on the bandwagon. Baking soda helps gently cleanse your hair without the harsh chemicals that shampoo contains. It also helps add volume to your hair without stripping away its natural oils. This method also helps curb hair loss and promote new hair growth.

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Method

  1. Rinse your hair and while it is still damp, take a tablespoon of baking soda and apply it to your scalp.
  2. Gently massage your scalp with your fingertips so that the baking soda may exfoliate it.
  3. Rinse your hair.
  4. Skip shampooing and directly proceed to condition your hair.
  5. Squeeze the excess water out of your hair and let it air-dry.

How Often?

Twice a week, until the problem subsides. Scale it down to once a week after that.

Why This Works

The baking soda will help exfoliate your scalp, removing all the dead skin. It will also help unclog your follicles without drying out your scalp (clogged follicles are often the culprit when you have a dandruff issue.)

You Will Need

  • 3 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Bucket (big enough to soak your feet.)
  • Water
  • Pumice Stone
  • Moisturizing Lotion/ Oil
  • 1 pair of Socks

Method

  1. Fill a third of the bucket with warm water and to it add the three tablespoons of baking soda.
  2. Soak your feet in this water for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Using a pumice stone, gently scrub the dead skin off your soles and feet.
  4. Once you’ve scrubbed away the dead skin, massage your feet with a moisturizing lotion or some coconut/olive oil.
  5. Cover your feet with a pair of socks.

Why This Works

As we already know, baking soda is an excellent exfoliating agent. It helps soften the dead skin on your feet, making it easier to exfoliate. This treatment will give you soft feet in no time.

Method

  1. Combine the ingredients until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Apply the paste to the parts of your body that perspire a lot.
  3. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes and then proceed to wash the mixture off in the shower.

How Often?

Every day or every other day for a couple of weeks.

Why This Works

Baking soda helps absorb the excess moisture from your body when you perspire. It also acts as a natural deodorant while killing bacteria and alkalizing the body so that it doesn’t perspire too much.

You Will Need

  • 1 tbsp Mashed Cucumber
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 3 tbsp Lemon Juice

Method

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Apply this paste to your underarms and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  3. After 10 minutes, wash off the paste with lukewarm water and pat dry with a towel.

Why This Works

This method not only helps keep body odor at bay, but it also helps lighten your underarms.

Method

  1. Combine the baking soda and water to get a smooth, consistent paste.
  2. Apply this paste on your burns and let it sit until it dries.
  3. Once the paste has dried up, wash your burns with cold water.

How Often?

Once after you’ve been burned. Repeat if you need to.

Why This Works

Baking soda helps draw out the heat from a burn because of the cooling effect it has on your skin while it dries up.

You Will Need

  • 4-5 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 cup White Vinegar
  • Water
  • Paper Towels
  • 1 Bucket (big enough for soaking your feet.)

Method

  1. Fill a third of the bucket with water and to it add the vinegar.
  2. Soak your feet in the vinegar water for about 15 minutes.
  3. Pat your feet dry with paper towels.
  4. Discard the vinegar-water and refill a third of the bucket with fresh water.
  5. To this add the baking soda and soak your feet for another 15 minutes.
  6. Pat your feet dry with paper towels.

Why This Works

The vinegar kills the fungus while the baking soda helps prevent it from growing or re-forming.

Method

  1. Combine the baking soda and water until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Apply this paste onto the ulcer and leave it on for a couple of minutes until it dries up.
  3. Once dry, rinse the baking soda out and gargle.

Workouts

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During high-intensity workouts, our body releases chemicals into the muscle tissue. Metabolic byproducts like lactic acid and hydrogen form in the muscle cells. While most of the byproducts are buffered, some do remain in the muscle cells, creating an acidic environment. Acidity is directly related to pH levels in our bodies. Increased acidity alters pH levels causing our muscles to burn and feel fatigued.

According to research, taking sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO₃) before exercise helps to flush metabolic byproducts from the muscle tissue.

Published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, “NaHCO3 ingestion has been proposed to enhance performance by increasing extracellular buffering capacity.” This means taking baking soda works on a cellular level in our body creating a better chemical environment for our muscles. 

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How to Clean Enameled Pots

Porcelain-enameled cast-iron cookware, such as Le Creuset, has a seemingly bulletproof, relatively non-stick surface, but it can get crusty like any other type of pan. The secret to removing stubborn buildup is boiling water with baking soda.

  1. Boil Water

    Fill the pot or pan with about 1 quart of water, or more, if necessary to cover the burned area. Bring the water to a boil on medium heat.

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  2. Add Baking Soda

    Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda, then stir with a wooden spoon. Let the mixture simmer for several minutes.

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  3. Scrape the Pan

    Dump out the pot and rinse the pan with warm water, then dry.

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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Baking Soda (Bicarbonate)

What is Baking Soda?

Baking soda is also known as sodium bicarbonate or bicarbonate of soda. Its crystallized form is ground to a fine powder for commercial sale. People commonly use it in baking as a leavening agent or as a natural cleaning compound.

How Does Baking Soda Work?

An alkaline compound, baking soda will produce carbon dioxide gas when combined with an acid. When used in cooking, the small bubbles that are generated by the carbon dioxide become trapped in the batter, causing the dough to inflate and rise. The most common acids that are combined with baking soda to produce this reaction are lemon juice, vinegar, yogurt, buttermilk, and cream of tartar.

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You can also produce carbon dioxide gas in baking soda by exposing it to heat. The chemical reaction doesn’t need an acid to take place; you need to expose the baking soda to temperatures above 176 degrees Fahrenheit or 80 degrees Celsius.

What is the Difference Between Baking Soda vs. Baking Powder?

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The difference between baking soda vs. baking powder has to do with acidity. Baking soda is strictly an alkaline compound that needs to be combined with an acid to create the carbon dioxide gas.

Baking powder is a bicarbonate that contains an acid already. The acid compound comes in the form of salt and needs a liquid added for the chemical reaction to occur.

When used as baking powder, baking soda helps the dough rise during the cooking process, by releasing carbon dioxide gas when combined with an acid. (..)

Can I Use Baking Soda in the Garden or for Plants and Vegetables?

Baking soda works is a natural plant booster and stimulates blooming. Baking soda also works well to test garden soil and to reduce acid levels. That’s why baking soda makes for much sweeter tomatoes.

Besides, it prevents any fungal diseases on plants and if sprinkled around, is a natural snail repellent and slug killer. Diluted in water and mixed with olive oil, baking soda also makes for a great spray to kill spider mites and aphids, as well as other bugs that may want to eat your plants.

There are so many amazing uses for baking soda in the garden. Make sure you sprinkle it around your plants and vegetables to help them grow and produce better fruits, veggies, and flowers.

Is there a Substitute for Baking Soda?

If you are in the kitchen cooking and find that you don’t have the baking soda that is needed, you can always use baking powder as a substitute. Baking powder contains a small amount of baking soda, so you have to triple the amount called for in the recipe.

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How to Clean Cookie Sheets

It doesn’t take long for new cookie sheets to start looking like the old ones in the back of the cabinet with brown stains that don’t come off no matter how hard you scrub. Return your cookie sheets to gleaming perfection with a thick paste with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

  1. Mix Baking Soda With Hydrogen Peroxide

    Mix baking soda with a small amount of ordinary household hydrogen peroxide to create a thick paste.

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  2. Apply Paste

    Apply the paste all over the stained area of the cookie sheet.

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  3. Rub off the paste with a cloth or sponge

    No heavy scrubbing is necessary. If any stain remains, rub it with your fingers it should come right off.

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  4. Flip and Repeat

    Flip the cookie sheet over and repeat the process on the bottom side. 

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  5. Wash and Dry

    Wash and dry the cookie sheet, as usual.

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Helps neutralize an acidic cup of coffee

In water, baking soda is mildly alkaline and can be used to neutralize acid. That’s why, when it dissolves in water, it works well as a natural antacid remedy. Its alkalinity is also why it makes a great deodorizer — by countering slightly acidic scent molecules. On the pH scale baking soda registers as a nine.

That means by simply adding a little baking soda to your coffee you could neutralize the acid to avoid stomach upset. There’s two way you can do that. You can add about a quarter teaspoon to your coffee beans for a pot of coffee, or you can add just a pinch (small pinch) to your cup of coffee.

The Research

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A study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology examined the effects of sodium bicarbonate ingestion during interval training. The research measured how baking soda altered the acidity (hydrogen ions) in muscle tissue during high-intensity exercise. Athletic performance was also evaluated.

Research participants included 16 young, healthy, recreationally active women. Testing protocols included muscle biopsies, blood tests, and pre- and post-exercise testing to determine baseline readings. The women were split into two groups and tested for an 8-week trial period at 3 training sessions per week.

Group 1 was given sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO₃) at a 0.2-gram dose per kilogram of body weight 90 and 30 minutes before high-intensity interval training. Group 2 was given a similar dose of placebo. Interval testing was performed on a stationary bike. Participants completed 2-minute sprint intervals progressing in number over the course of testing.

Research results indicate baking soda significantly reduces hydrogen ions in the blood and at the cellular level in muscle tissue. “Furthermore, NaHCO3 ingestion decreases intracellular hydrogen ions during intense continuous and interval exercise.” Also reported was sodium bicarbonate ingestion increases muscle protein synthesis (growth).

According to research, baking soda supplementation may reduce lactic acid during interval training and improve short-term endurance performance. 

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