Last summer, I began washing my hair with baking soda and rinsing it with vinegar. Though it took some patience to get through the transition stage as my hair and scalp adjusted to no longer having the oil overly stripped from it, in the end I have been more than happy with the results. My hair is less frizzy, the curls that I have are nicer, and my scalp health has improved greatly.
Baking soda is anti-fungal and antiseptic (part of what makes it great for keeping my scalp healthy). It’s also super cheap, and readily available.
All of this got me thinking about other amazing uses for baking soda out there. I already knew that it was a good mild abrasive for cleaning stains off of counter tops and, of course, I knew it had to be good for more than just scalp health and baking, so I searched around and found that there are a plethora of other useful uses for this natural mineral. Below are 5 that I tried successfully.
Carpet and Fabric Upholstery Freshener: To remove smells, sprinkle baking soda on carpet and fabric upholstery and let sit for an hour, then vacuum.
Laundry: A half a cup added directly into the washing machine will help your detergent work more effectively, and will brighten and freshen the load.
Stomach antacid. Drinking a glass of water with teaspoon of baking soda will help neutralize acids that are upsetting your stomach.
Remove water stains from wood furniture: mix toothpaste and baking soda (I used a tsp of each), then use a cloth to use the paste and rub away the water spots.
Short-Term Ant Deterrent: equal parts salt and baking soda sprinkled at the point of entry will keep them from that spot. Of course, they’ll try to find another point of entry, so sprinkle some in areas that might be another point of access for them.
(Fascinating bit of trivia from SFGate: baking soda is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency as an active ingredient against plant fungi and powdery mildew, and it will inhibit the growth of yeast and bacteria. When it is eaten by insects, it releases carbon dioxide bubbles that kill the bugs.)
What have your successfully used baking soda on? Share in comments!