Whenever I fall in love with a product I tend to buy it in bulk. It's cheaper, more convenient and you never have to be afraid of running out of it.
One of the things I get by the bucket is baking soda. This stuff is so amazing! And you can do so much more with this magic powder than just adding it to baked goods.
Here are 10 brilliant, all-natural ways to use baking soda in your daily life:
1. All-natural ant control remedy.
Where I live ants are just about everywhere! Small ones, big ones, sometimes even red one or those that can fly. They used to drive me crazy because I refuse spraying chemicals on them, but you can get rid of them naturally by pouring baking soda on their trails or in their holes.
2. Deodorizing dairy containers.
Do you know the annoying smell milk and dairy products can leave in the containers they're stored in? If so, just add 2-3 tablespoon of baking soda in really hot dishwater, rinse your dishes as usual, and your containers will be as good as new!
3. Perfect energy boost after a long day.
Sometimes a hot bath is exactly what you need after a tough day. If you want this to be even more relaxing, add half a cup of baking soda to the water, and you'll simply feel great.
4. Soap substitute.
If soap is too harsh on your facial skin, add a couple of teaspoons of baking soda to a bowl with warm water and rinse your face. Dry immediately and your skin will not only be clean, but also incredibly soft.
5. Happy cats.
Cats don't like smelly litter pans, and I bet you're not a big fan of those either. If you mix your kitty's litter with 5 tablespoons of baking soda, the cat toilet will stay fresh for a longer time.
6. Clean windshields.
The next time you come back home from a long drive and need to clean your windshields from dead insects, pour a little bit of baking soda onto your sponge and you'll get the job done in a jiffy.
7. Soothe mosquito bites.
Mosquito bites are annoying, but you can easily stop them from itching by making a paste out of water and baking soda. Apply it to the bite and any swelling and itching will stop right away.
8. Coffee booster.
Personally, I don't like coffee too much, but my husband doesn't start a day without it. Hard water can be a real taste killer, so if you want your coffee to be as aromatic as it can possibly be, add a knife point of baking soda to the water, sit back and enjoy.
9. Clean thermos flasks.
I LOVE my green smoothies and take them with me in thermos flasks wherever I go. To make sure they stay nice and clean inside, I regularly fill them with hot water, add 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda and let them soak overnight.
10. Shiny teeth.
I have naturally white teeth and people often ask me what my secret is. The answer: baking soda toothpaste! Mix equal parts of baking soda and coconut oil with a few drops of peppermint oil and you'll get an incredibly effective, all-natural whitening toothpaste.
So, I haven't promised too much, have I? Baking soda really is worth buying it in bulk!
I’m a certified orthomolecular nutritionist with additional training in homeopathy and herbal medicine. I’m also a certified mindfulness coach and studying hypnotherapy, but I’m not telling you this to impress (OK, maybe a little).
What is far more important is this: I went from being a clinically depressed, co-dependent and bacteriophobe diet junkie with an eating disorder (and really bad skin) to feeling and looking great.
At least most of the time, because we all have crappy days — even the people who claim that they don’t. First I ditched diets, doctors and dorky shrinks that were even more useless than they were overpriced.
And then I healed myself, one holistic vitamin hack at a time. Wanna try five of my hacks? Go get 'em. They're FREE!
PS — Check out my Vitamin Secrets and Simply Live Better Cookies, too!