Whenever we use traditional cleaning products, the substances our skin comes in contact with are incredibly bad for our health and for the environment. They pollute the waters and millions of aquatic creatures get sick because of our garbage. For instance, the chemical triclosan, a pesticide added to many products as an antibacterial agent, is currently being found in dolphins. 10 awesome helps you bring your contribution to the environment by teaching you about 10 amazing facts about baking soda that you won’t find anywhere else.
Baking soda helps regulate pH, which is a measure of the acidity or basicity of an aqueous solution. Solutions with a pH less than 7 are said to be acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are basic or alkaline. Pure water has a pH very close to 7. This feature of regulating the pH of everything it comes in contact with turns it into a miraculous substance.
1. Baking soda is the best skin product
You can use baking soda instead of deodorant, toothpaste (made from baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution), facial and body scrub (3 parts baking soda to 1 part water).
2. Baking soda treats insect bites and itchy skin
Just make a paste out of baking soda and water, and apply as a salve onto affected skin. To order to ease the itch, shake some baking soda into your hand and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower.
3. Baking soda helps your hair
Just sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo, and than rinse thoroughly. It helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is cleaner and more manageable.
4. Baking soda is a great medicine
It treats indigestion like no other, as it rebalances the body’s equilibrium. Sodium bicarbonate injection is used medicinally to replenish the body’s electrolytes, as when severe dehydration has occurred. It is also used to restore pH balance when the body’s systems have become too acidic, as in metabolic acidosis, which can happen in response to kidney disease, diabetes and other conditions. Sodium bicarbonate injections are used to treat drug overdoses and poisoning.
5.Baking soda is the best household cleaning aid
Wetting it, sprinkling sodium bicarbonate onto it, letting it soak, then rinsing the sodium bicarbonate can clean the barbecue grill. Porcelain surfaces and fixtures in your bathroom can be safely cleaned and scrubbed with a moist sponge with baking soda sprinkled on it. Stains in coffee and teapots and mugs can be removed with sodium bicarbonate and a plastic scrubbing sponge. Crayon marks can be removed from walls with an old toothbrush and a paste of sodium bicarbonate and water. Moreover you can keep drains clean by adding 4 tbsp. sodium bicarbonate to sink and bathtub drains and flushing with hot water every four weeks.
6. Baking soda is great at deodorizing your home
You can remove the smells from your garbage bin by washing it with sodium bicarbonate. Also an open bag of sodium bicarbonate kept in the refrigerator or freezer absorbs odors. The sodium bicarbonate should be stirred every few days to keep it fresh and should be replaced every two months. Odors in insulated bottles and ice chests can be removed with a mix of baking soda and water. Sprinkling sodium bicarbonate in the bottom of your dishwasher removes odors. Sprinkling sodium bicarbonate in socks and shoes removes odors. Soaking sour-smelling dishtowels and sponges in sodium bicarbonate and water removes the sour odor.
7. Baking soda as a fabric whitener and softener
Baking soda can also be used as a fabric softener in your laundry, or to get your clothes whither and brighter. Just add one cup to your laundry load.
8. Baking soda as a natural carpet cleaner
Baking soda is a natural carpet cleaner. Sprinkle it onto carpets and let it sit for 15 minutes, then vacuum it up.
9. Baking soda is a reliable fire extinguisher
Baking soda can help in the initial handling of minor grease or electrical kitchen fires, because when it is heated, it gives releases carbon dioxide, which helps to smother the flames.
10. Baking soda is a great fruit and vegetable scrub
If you feel that water isn’t enough to clean your fruit and vegetables, you can make sure you’ll remove every little bacterial trace by sprinkling a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse.
In other words it knows how to do anything you’d ever dream of. It kills bacteria like no other, but apart from that it doesn’t kill anything else, like most cleaning and cosmetic products do.