Sodium Bicarbonate (aka Bicarb) is a household ingredient that everyone has heard about and all the eco-conscious are raving about.
Here is a list of 20 uses which pretty much explains why.
Toothpaste You can mix bicarb with a range of other ingredients like coconut oil, activated charcoal, or essential oils to make a Toothpaste. Or can you can just dip your brush direct into some Bicarb
Mouthwash Mix 1 teaspoon in a cup of warm water, swish, gargle and spit!
Clean Oral Appliances Soak toothbrushes, dentures etc in a solution of Bicarb and warm water
Exfoliate Mix bicarb, distilled water and essential oils of your choice to make a lovely facial/body scrub.
Antacid Please seek medical help if you’re in pain, but bicarb is known to reduce stomach acid and heartburn.
Shampoo Simply keep some in a container in the shower, sprinkle some direct onto your hair. Massage, rinse and you can follow through with a Vinegar rinse if you like.
Foot/Bath Soak You can combine this with some sodium carbonate (washing soda), essential oils, Epsom salts or just use it by itself. Put approx. ¼ cup in the bath and relax or 2 TBSP in a bucket to soak your feet.
Cleaning Paste You can use this as your base to make a paste, you can add things like borax, washing soda, soap, essential oils (even hydrogen peroxide) to make a paste of your desired thickness. Great for cleaning grout on the bathroom tiles or the oven. Also, great for cleaning silverware
Disinfect Sponges Soak your sponge in hot water and a couple tablespoons of Bicarb to make a strong solution.
Cleans Floors Can put some in your mop bucket to help disinfect and clean. A large tablespoon should do the job
Laundry Boost Use it in your homemade Laundry Powder along with washing soda and ground soap. Softens the water so that soaps can do their magic.
Remove Oil and Grease Stains Car leaked oil on the garage floor, try sprinkling with a thick layer of bicarb and scrub with a wet brush
Deodorise You can deodorise your fridge, your car, dishwasher, trashcans, cutting boards, drains, carpets, closets, cat litter I think you get the idea.
Fire Extinguisher Baking soda can help in the initial handling of minor grease or electrical kitchen fires, because when baking soda is heated, it gives off carbon dioxide, which helps to smother the flames. For small cooking fires (frying pans, broilers, ovens, grills), turn off the gas or electricity if you can safely do so. Stand back and throw handfuls of baking soda at the base of the flame to help put out the fire–and call the Fire Department just to be safe.
Raising Agent Bicarb is commonly used in cooking as make those cakes rise. It reacts with acidic components in batters, releasing carbon dioxide, which causes expansion of the batter and forms the characteristic texture and grain in pancakes, cakes, quick breads, soda bread, and other baked and fried foods.
Pest Control Sodium bicarbonate can be used to kill cockroaches. Once consumed, it causes internal organs of cockroaches to burst due to gas collection.
Paint Removal Used in sodablasting to remove paint – as its abrasive but not corrosive.
Splinter Removal Using a paste of water and bicarb put on the affected area, cover with a bandage and 24 hours later it should come out. (see wikiHow)
Itchy Skin Relief Making a paste with bicarb and water can relieve sunburn and insect bites.
Fruit and Vegie Scrub Just add a tablespoon to a sink of warm water and wash away any nasties on your vegies
Sodium Bicarbonate, Bicarb or Baking Soda as another wonderful, versatile and natural ingredient and a must have for Under Your Sink.