7 Ways to Use Bicarbonate of Soda to Improve Your Health and Home
Most South African households are desperate to get a little more ‘bang for their buck’ by cutting costs wherever possible. Surprisingly, most people overlook one versatile and extremely affordable item that is often sitting, unused, in their kitchen cupboard – Bicarbonate of Soda.
It’s time to stop thinking of bicarb (also known as baking soda) as simply being a baking ingredient. At approximately R10 per 100g, this modestly priced product has a variety of fantastic household and personal care uses.
Help your rand go further by using bicarb for some of these health and home issues:
1. Relieve Insect Bites and Itchy Skin
Apply a paste made of bicarb and water to the affected area. Bicarb helps to relieve minor skin irritation and itching by neutralising toxins and irritants on the surface of your skin.
2. Relieve Heartburn, Indigestion, and Ulcer Pain
Bicarb neutralises stomach acid, helping to relieve heartburn, indigestion and even ulcer pain.
Simply dissolve half a teaspoon of bicarb in half a glass of water. If your heartburn or indigestion is particularly bad, you can repeat the process every four hours. Be careful not to have more than 5 teaspoons in a day, though, as too much bicarb can be bad for you.
3. Foot Soak and Exfoliator
Add three tablespoons of bicarb to a tub of warm water for a refreshing foot soak. You can also scrub your feet with a bicarb paste to exfoliate and remove dry skin.
4. Relieve Nappy Rash
Put two tablespoons of bicarb in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve nappy rash.
5. Clean Dirty Combs and Brushes
Add 1 teaspoon of bicarb to a cup of water. Soak combs and brushes in the solution to get rid of oil and grease build up. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
6. Deodorise a Smelly Fridge
Did something in your fridge leave a bad smell behind? No problem! Simply place an open box of bicarb in the back of your fridge to help get rid of odours.
7. Deodorise Smelly Rubbish Bins
Simply sprinkle some bicarb on the bottom of your rubbish bin to help keep bad smells away.