32 Baking Soda Remedies For Health & Home

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Baking soda (or sodium bicarbonate) is one of the most versatile products you can EVER have in your cupboard.

Apart from its obvious use as a cake ingredient, there are countless other baking soda remedies for internal use, external use AND as a treatment for your home as well.

When taken internally, baking soda is one of my top recommended natural treatments for cystitis.  It’s also beneficial as an antimicrobial, a digestive aid, for muscle soreness and fatigue, chemo support and cancer prevention.

Within the household, it’s the number one ingredient to use when making your own natural cleaners.  Baking soda doesn’t contain any harmful fragrances or VOCs (volatile organic compounds) like commercial products do, so it’s not toxic to your skin or dangerous to inhale.

And just look below at all the awesome baking soda remedies for skin and body.  That list speaks for itself!

So if you have some baking soda in your cupboard, I highly recommend getting it out more often and using it around the home, in place of all the usual chemical-laden products.

It’s so much gentler and less toxic, and your body will thank you for that forever!

12 Baking Soda Remedies For Skin & Body

1 Gentle Face Cleanser

The simplest, purest face cleanser you can use (apart from plain water) is baking soda.  It has gentle anti-microbial action for spots and is just one of a number of effective natural acne treatments.  It can also balance skin pH, to improve tone and complexion.
You can see a 7-day experiment with baking soda cleanser over at Hello Giggles blog.

Recipe:  Wet your face, pop a pinch of baking soda into the palms of your hands, then rub in gently for 20 seconds.  Rinse off thoroughly, pat dry and spritz with a little rose water spray.

2  Hand Wash

When you’re washing your hands, a handful of baking soda can be used as a simple cleansing scrub and skin softener, instead of chemical-laden soap.

3  Foot Soak & Softener

The sodium bicarbonate in baking soda is great for odour neutralising and softening rough skin on the soles of your feet.

Recipe:  Fill a big bowl with about 2 litres / 2 quarts of warm water, and stir in ¾ cup baking soda.  Add 10 drops of your favourite essential oil if you wish to.
Sit back and soak your feet for a good 20 minutes, allowing the skin to soften and cleanse.  If you want to, follow up with a pumice stone scrub and pat dry thoroughly.

4  Exfoliator

Baking soda is an awesome exfoliator, because its gently abrasive action helps to remove old skin cells.

Recipe: Mix 1-2 teaspoons baking soda with a little rose water, to make a soft paste.  Apply it to your face or any area of rough skin you’d like to treat.
For a longer treatment leave on for 5-10 minutes.

5  Itch Relief

If you have nettle rash, poison ivy rash or other irritating allergic rash, use a simple baking soda paste to cool and calm the inflamed skin.

Recipe: Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda with enough water to make a paste and apply to any affected areas of your skin.

6  Sunburn Treatment

Soothe your sunburnt and inflamed skin with baking soda, by combining a little with your favourite moisturiser and gently rubbing it in.

Or alternatively, spritz on a rose water and baking soda solution using a spray bottle.

7  Natural Deodorant

Baking soda’s gentle anti-microbial action make it great as part of a homemade deodorant recipe.

Recipe:  In a lidded pot, mix 4 tablespoons baking soda, 4 tablespoons cornstarch and 5 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil.
Add a few drops of tea tree oil for refreshing natural fragrance if you fancy.

8  Splinter Remover

If you have a really stubborn splinter that refuses to budge, make yourself a baking soda solution to soak the skin and allow the splinter to emerge.

Recipe: Stir 1 tablespoon baking soda into 1 cup warm water and soak the area at least twice a day, for 10 minutes.

9  Insect Bite Treatment

Baking soda’s itch-relieving abilities can also extend to insect bites from mozzies and midges, etc.

Recipe: Make yourself a simple paste with 1 teaspoon baking soda and a little water.  Then apply it to your bites several times a day, as well as before bed.

10  Bee & Wasp Sting Treatment

Baking soda also happens to be one of the best remedies for bee stings too!
It’s ability to reduce redness and inflammation, is very soothing for these painful, itchy lesions.

You can make yourself a simple paste in exactly the same way as for insect bites.

11  Hair Shampoo

A hair-cleaning treatment is one of the oldest baking soda remedies.
Baking soda helps to gently take grease, dirt and styling products out of the hair, without the need for harsh chemicals.

Recipe: Add about 4 tablespoons of baking soda to 500ml / 16oz water in a bottle.  Shake well, apply some liberally to hair and work in.  Rinse out thoroughly.
You can also follow up with an apple cider vinegar treatment for added shine.

12  Bath Soak

Make a sumptuous bath soak by adding 1 cup of baking soda to your bath (along with relaxing essential oils such as lavender or lemon balm).
The combination of gentle compounds will deeply cleanse the skin and relax tired tissues.

10 Baking Soda Remedies For Internal Use

1  Cancer Preventative

A number of scientific studies have shown how baking soda’s high alkalinity can be used to combat the spread of cancer cells, which prefer an acid environment [1].

The natural pH of the body is 7.2-7.5, whereas cancer cells tend to grow in higher acidity of 6.5-6.9.  Treatment with baking soda slightly raises the pH of cells, inhibiting tumour growth and metastasis.

Recipe: The Truth About Cancer covers this topic, plus an anti-cancer baking soda recipe on their page here.

2  Chemotherapy Support

Chemotherapy can create very inflamed conditions in the mouth, leading to soreness, redness and infection.  Some chemotherapy drugs also work better in more alkaline conditions.

So using a baking soda oral rinse several times a day, is really helpful for chemo patients.  The soda reduces the acidity in the mouth which makes it more comfortable.  And also enhances the function of some of these chemo medications.

For a recipe, see Healing Mouthwash below.

3  Cystitis Treatment

Baking soda is one of my go-to remedies for cystitis and UTIs.  It works so well because it raises the pH of your urine and kills the bacteria that cause the infection.
And it’s damn good because it quickly relieves that horrible UTI burn, and I can vouch for that myself!

I discuss the baking soda cystitis treatment and full recipe in this post.

4  Indigestion & Heartburn Relief

One of the most traditional baking soda remedies is of course for indigestion relief, as the high alkalinity is good for tackling heartburn symptoms.  This is why sodium bicarbonate is used in so many traditional over-the-counter treatments.

Recipe: Save yourself some money by making your own baking soda tonic.
Just add ½ teaspoon of baking soda to 2 cups of water and drink the tonic an hour AFTER eating.

5  Antimicrobial

Baking soda is effective at killing off some bacterial species, such as Streptococcus mutans.  And also certain types of fungi, including moulds and yeasts [5a][5b].
This makes it useful for treating fungal problems, like nail infections, ringworm and athletes foot.

6  Muscle Fatigue

One of the more recent baking soda remedies to emerge, is its use as a treatment for muscle fatigue.  A number of studies have found that when baking soda is drunk in a solution before exercise, it lessens the effects of lactic acid build-up and soreness [6][6a][6b].

Recipe: Drink ½ teaspoon sodium bicarbonate in 4 cups of water, about 1½ hours before exercising.

7  Natural Toothpaste

Baking soda of course makes a wonderful toothpaste and has been shown to effectively lower plaque levels, better than non-baking soda alternatives [7].
But you don’t have to buy any branded toothpastes to get the benefits, just make your own baking soda paste at home.

Recipe: Combine 2/3 cup baking soda with 1 teaspoon sea salt and up to 10 drops peppermint oil.  Mix to a toothpaste-like consistency, adding a tiny amount of extra water if needed.

8  Healing Mouthwash

Baking soda’s antibacterial action, means it can be used as a mouthwash to clean the oral cavity and soothe mucous membranes. [8]

Recipe: Stir ½ teaspoon of baking soda and ½ teaspoon sea salt, into ½ cup of water and swish it around your mouth for 60 seconds.
If you want added freshness, add a couple of drops of peppermint oil.  Follow up with a plain water rinse, to remove the grittiness.

9  Gentle Teeth Whitener

It’s slightly abrasive nature makes baking soda a good natural teeth whitener.  You can rub a little onto your teeth and leave for a few minutes, a couple of times a week.

10  Throat Gargle

If you have a cold and need a sore throat treatment, then you can make an easy baking soda gargle to soothe the pain and kill bacteria in your throat.

Recipe: 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1 cup of freshly boiled water.  Allow to cool and then gargle away.  Spit out the gargle when finished.

10 Baking Soda Remedies For The Home

1  Surface Cleaner

Using a little baking soda on surfaces around your kitchen, is a great way to scrub away dirt and kill bacteria at the same time.

Use a cloth to rub-in the bicarb and add a few drops of anti-microbial essential oils, such as tea tree, for extra kick.

2  Drain Cleaner

Rather than reaching for highly toxic and expensive drain-cleaning products, why not mix up a baking soda and vinegar recipe to clean your drain instead?

This acid and alkali combo will react together and make a ton of bubbles in your drain.  Just leave for at least 15 minutes to let them do their work.
(And the bonus of these baking soda remedies is that they’re so cheap, you can repeat as needed!)

3  Dishwasher Additive

A dash of baking soda in your dishwasher cycle will help to strip grease and food residue from your dishes.  Just add 1 heaped tablespoon to the dispenser and run the cycle as normal.

4  Oven Cleaner

Grab an old rag and clean the filthy inside of your oven using water and bicarb.
This is much better than inhaling the incredibly toxic fumes of commercial drain cleaners, and yet still cuts through grease and grime.

5  Pot Scrub

In just the same way as you clean your oven, you can easily make a baking soda paste and use the abrasive mix to scrub your pots and pans.
For even more effect, let them soak with a bicarb solution for half an hour to soak any stubborn residues.

6  Carpet Cleaner

Commercial carpet cleaners can be horrendous for the strong toxic chemicals and fumes they give off (even days afterwards).  Which is really bad for children and pets.

For a simple toxin-free alternative, just sprinkle your carpet with baking soda, leave for 20 minutes and then hoover off.  This works well for dirt and odours.

7  Silver Cleaner

To brighten tarnished silverware and jewellery, you can use a simple bicarb treatment that costs almost nothing.

Recipe:  Mix a paste that’s roughly 3-parts baking soda to 1-part water.  Then rub on the paste and let the silver sit for 20 minutes before rinsing off.  Repeat as needed.

8  Shoe Freshener

Have a stinky pair of shoes?  Just sprinkle a little baking soda in a layer inside your shoe and allow it to sit for a while to deodorize the odour.
Do this regularly to prevent bad smells developing.

9  Tea & Coffee Cup Cleaner

Everyone has a well-stained cup somewhere in the cupboard.  It’s cos the tannins in tea and coffee are just so strong.

Recipe: To remove any stains – add 4 tablespoons baking soda to about 1 litre / 1 quart warm water.  Rub the solution manually into stains, or leave the cups to soak overnight.

10  Laundry Detergent

Adding a little baking soda to your washing machine can help with stain removal and clothes whitening.

Recipe: Dissolve ½ cup bicarb and 1/3 cup sea salt in 1 cup warm water.  Pour this into a 2 litre bottle, then add 1 cup of castile soap and top up the remainder of the bottle with water.
When you wash a load of laundry, simply add ¼ cup of your homemade detergent to the drum and away you go.

So, do you have any awesome baking soda remedies and recipes to recommend?
I’m bound to have missed something off the list, because there are just SO many uses!

Get chatting and add any of your fave recipes in the comments below x

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