Health

10 Personal Uses for Baking Soda

1. Toothpaste
Kick your commercial toothpaste up a notch by sprinkling baking soda on it before brushing. Or you can make your own homemade toothpaste by mixing 1 teaspoon baking soda, ½ teaspoon sea salt (finely ground) and 1 drop peppermint extract (or other favorite flavor) together in a small bowl. Scoop it on your toothbrush and brush as usual. This is for a single-use application. Salt is optional and can be adjusted or omitted.

2. Freshen Breathe
Dissolve one teaspoon in half a glass of water, gargle and rinse. Mouth odors are neutralized, not just covered up.

3. Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliant
Give yourself an invigorating facial and body scrub by making a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin. Rinse clean. This paste is gentle enough for daily use.

4. Deodorant
Mix an eighth of a teaspoon of baking soda with a dab of water — don’t dissolve it — and rub it under your arms. You can also create a baking soda and cornstarch mix to fight odor and help prevent wetness by mixing one part baking soda with six parts cornstarch and dust a little on your underarms.

5. Antacid
Add ½ teaspoon to ½ glass (4 fl. oz.) of water every 2 hours, or as directed by a physician. Dissolve completely in water. Accurately measure ½ teaspoon. Baking soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach and/or acid indigestion. Ask a doctor before use if you have a sodium-restricted diet. Each ½ teaspoon contains 616mg sodium.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are taking any prescription drugs. Antacids may interact with certain prescription drugs.

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