Written by Lou-Ann Jordan

More Than an Air Freshener: Baking Soda

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It goes without saying that sodium bicarbonate or baking soda is one of the most popular household products known.  Presumably, it can be found in most homes also.  And, we can take a guess at where you have it stored.  Why, on your fridge’s door, of course.

Sodium bicarbonate is a combination of acid (carbonic) and a base (sodium hydroxide). However, when in contact with other chemicals it reacts as an alkaline substance.  For example, when it mixes with an acid, it changes its potential of hydrogen (pH) level. Therefore, it can mask odours.

But, the fact that sodium bicarbonate can be used to cloak any unpleasant smells emitted at the opening of a fridge is well known and has been passed from generation to generation.

But, what of its other uses?  And, yes we know it can also be used for dental hygiene. Can you think of any others?  Well, we can, here are a few other uses for this dynamic product:

Reduces Acidity

The properties in baking soda aid in the reduction of severe acidity.  They also help to relieve heartburn and indigestion.  Also, the alkaline properties in baking soda help to diminish acidity in urine and the blood.

Soothes Itchiness

Though not recommended for daily use, sodium bicarbonate has anti itch properties that can help with itching, redness, and stings resulting from insect bites.  It’s also been known to work on rashes.  Create a paste and zap that bite or rash.

Reduces Swelling

In the case of mild swelling resulting from insect bites, or wasp or bee sting, make a paste comprising water and baking soda to help reduce the swelling.

Treat Kidney Stones

The anti-acid properties of baking soda have made it useful in treating kidney stones.  Kidney stone formation results from acid in the urine.  Sodium bicarbonate helps in decreasing the acid in urine, as well as in dissolving existing stones.

Aids Chemotherapy

Some chemotherapy drugs need alkaline conditions to work effectively.  Others, if in an acid environment, become more toxic.  As such, sodium bicarbonate has been suggested by some doctors.  Also, rinsing your mouth with a combination of baking soda, salt and water can aid in mouth and throat changes caused by chemotherapy.

So there you have it. We hope you enjoy these additional uses for this diverse and the best part, relatively cheap product.

Be sure to stop by the supermarket and pick up a box.

Sources: Organic Facts, WebMD, University of Michigan Health

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