There it is. It sits on your shelf, stays hidden in your refrigerator, or maybe out of sight, in a dark corner; closed off from the rest of your household products that crowd the closet. It is baking soda.
Many of us buy baking soda religiously. Perhaps we saw our mother or grandmother, in times past, use it. However, few of us know where baking soda comes from and what its uses are; so here is a little lesson on baking soda and three unexpected uses for it! So what is baking soda anyway? Sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda, is made up of the chemical compound formula NaHCO3. Simply put, it consists of Sodium, Hydrogen, Carbon and Oxygen.
For centuries, baking soda has been used and was considered a staple product in many households. Its common usage and/or purpose has been exclusively used for soap. Since then it has been at the top of the list as one of the first natural cleaning agents. Safe to say, it has many wonderful purposes and has very few side effects.
Baking soda is known as a natural teeth whitener. If you’re like me, having your morning coffee or hot chocolate is part of your routine yet it can wreak havoc by staining your teeth.
So what can you do? Save a few pennies and buy baking soda to aid in providing a boost to your tooth paste.
The potency from the baking soda along with your tooth paste will brighten your teeth!
Baking soda can be used for hair! Yes ladies and gents, baking soda is known to be excellent for low porosity hair (hair that is not absorbing water effectively). There are plenty of baking soda recipes for hair. So, use good judgment and choose what is best for your hair.
Baking soda is great for soothing the skin. Baking soda is a natural and gentle exfoliate. By adding ½ cup baking soda to your full bath water you can have a spa treatment for a fraction of the price.
Have you tried baking soda? If so, what did you use it for?