Baking soda is a popular ingredient in the kitchen. It is versatile, and can also be used outside the kitchen for various purposes. Baking soda can be the best substitute for most of the expensive products in the house.
It is an effective but gentle abrasive and is a great natural deodorizer and exfoliant. Baking soda helps to clean the hair and get rid of any buildup and also polish jewelry.
Here are 7 different ways you can use baking soda outside the kitchen:
1. Get Rid Of Acne And Pimples
You do not need harsh chemicals, to get rid of acne or pimples. Baking soda will do the work easily. The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of this kitchen staple help to treat the cause as well as reduce the symptoms of acne and other breakouts.
In addition, it helps balance the skin’s pH, which helps reduce the occurrence of skin breakouts.
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with a little water to make a paste. Apply it on the affected skin for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water. Repeat once daily for 2 or 3 days, then reduce the frequency to 1 or 2 times a week.
2. Whiten Teeth
Avoid expensive teeth whiteners. Baking soda is more effective at whitening teeth than other products. Because of its abrasive nature, baking soda removes built-up plaque on your teeth and the alkaline powder in baking soda can help remove discolorations.
For a natural way to whiten your teeth, crush 1 ripe strawberry and mix it with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Spread the mixture onto your teeth and leave on for five minutes. Then brush your teeth and rinse.
This method should not be used more than once a week as it could damage your tooth enamel.
3. Polishing Jewelry
To remove built-up tarnish from your silver, make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons water. Apply with a damp sponge or toothbrush and gently rub, rinse, and dry.