Sodium bicarbonate is an alkaline substance that dissolves in water and can be used for various fins, from whitening teeth, fighting stomach acidity, clearing the throat or improving performance in training, for example.
Bicarbonate also has many other uses, which can be a good home treatment for:
Putting a little bit of sodium bicarbonate in the toothpaste and using this mixture to brush your teeth is an excellent way to deeply clean your teeth, removing the yellow color and plaque that tends to accumulate in the places least reached by the brush. Brushing your teeth with bicarbonate is good for oral hygiene but it should not be done more than once a week to avoid removing the natural enamel from the teeth, which protect it against cavities.
Fight stomach acidity
Taking 1 coffee spoon of baking soda mixed in half a glass of water is a good way to combat stomach acidity. This works because bicarbonate is an alkaline substance that will neutralize excess acidity.
Exfoliate your feet and fight foot odor
Adding 1 teaspoon of coffee to 2 tablespoons of liquid soap is a great way to make a very effective homemade scrub to eliminate the smell of foot odor. Just rub this mixture on your wet feet, rubbing your entire foot, between your toes and the corners of your nails. This works because bicarbonate is an excellent odor neutralizer due to its antifungal action, and for this reason it can also be used to eliminate chilblains from the toes.
Sitz bath against urinary tract infection
When symptoms of urinary infection, such as urge to urinate, pain and burning when urine passes through the urethra, are present, you can choose a home treatment that consists of filling a bowl with 3 liters of water and adding 3 spoons of sodium bicarbonate soup in the water until it dissolves and sit naked in this water for about 20 to 30 minutes. This will reduce the acidity in the genital area and improve symptoms, but in addition it is also important to drink plenty of water. See what else you can do to fight urinary tract infection.
Remove dark spots from the skin
Sometimes, a good exfoliation is enough to remove dark spots from the skin. It is possible to make a homemade scrub by mixing 1 tablespoon of baking soda in 3 tablespoons of a thick moisturizer, such as the Nivea in the blue can. Just rub this mixture in the desired area daily during the bath and observe that the skin tone will be more uniform in a few days.
Improve running training
Alkaline water can be taken during long distance training, improving performance. A good way to make ordinary water into alkaline water is to add 1 coffee spoon of baking soda to 1 liter of water. Learn more at: Benefits of alkaline water for training.
Wash your hair thoroughly
Adding 1 coffee spoon in a little bit of shampoo in your hands and mixing turns any simple shampoo into an anti-residue shampoo because the small granules of bicarbonate will act as an exfoliator, being useful to eliminate excess capillary oil, seborrheic dandruff and can even be useful to open the cuticles of the threads, preparing them to receive good hydration, such as heat sealing. See how to do this treatment that leaves your hair perfectly hydrated.
Lighten your nails
Mixing 1 coffee spoon of bicarbonate in half a squeezed lemon is an excellent way to remove the yellow color from the nails. Just rub this mixture on each nail, and let it act for a few minutes, then just wash, moisturize and apply sunscreen to avoid the risk of burning your skin when you go out in the sun.
Exfoliate your skin before epilation
Rubbing a little bit of baking soda mixed with water and a little bit of liquid soap on the areas you are going to shave is a great way to remove ingrown hairs and open your pores, making it easier to remove unwanted hair. The ideal is to do the exfoliation moments before shaving.
Gargling against itchy throat
Itchy throat can be caused by allergy, irritation or infection, in which case mixing 1 tablespoon in half a glass of warm water and gargling with this mixture is a good way to eliminate the microorganisms that are in the throat, purifying this region.
Mixing baking soda with lemon has become increasingly popular, especially since there are reports that this mixture can help with some aesthetic issues, such as whitening teeth or removing scars, leaving the skin more beautiful.
In addition, the mixture of bicarbonate with lemon has also gained popularity as a home remedy to relieve reflux symptoms, especially stomach pain and constant heartburn.
However, there are few scientific studies done with the mixture that can prove these benefits.