Growing up with Depression-era parents meant getting the most use out of whatever you had available was priority number one. “Waste not, want not,” was at the core of our values, and nothing helped us stretch the budget more than baking soda. What many of us may think of as just a baking ingredient or fridge-deodorant is actually quite useful all around the house. In fact, there are several uses for baking soda in regards to personal health that might surprise you! Here are some of the lesser-known remedies and uses that baking soda has to offer. Scroll through, and let us know if you have any tips to add to the list in the comments section below!
Mix a tsp. of baking soda with a little water to create your own toothpaste that will leave your mouth feeling fresh while whitening your teeth for a brighter smile!
If you have sensitive skin, try using a a teaspoon of baking soda with just enough water to create a paste. This works as a substitute deodorant! In fact, you can use it on your feet (or sprinkle baking soda into your shoes to neutralize odor).
3. Bug Bites
Soothe any bug bites or irritated skin with the same type of paste you would use for the deodorant. To relieve itching, rub dry baking soda into damp skin after a shower.
4. Hair Cleaner
Add a small amount of baking soda to your shampoo the next time you wash your hair. The baking soda helps remove the residue left by many shampoos, leaving you with a cleaner and more manageable head of hair.