24 Baking Soda Uses & Why You Need It In Your Home

9. Combat Cold Symptoms

To speed recovery of cold and flu symptoms, mix about a quarter teaspoon each of salt and baking soda in 8 ounces of warm water. Use a bulb syringe or Neti pot to rinse nasal passages with this mixture. The minerals in the water will help to reduce bacteria populations and clear up congestion from your nose and sinuses. Gargle with this same mixture to ease a sore throat and help clear mucus and bacteria from the throat and mouth.

10. Neutralize Body Odor

Use baking soda to create your own homemade all-natural deodorant. In a small resealable container, mix 2 ounces of pure aluminum-free baking soda, 2 ounces of cornstarch (or arrowroot powder if you have it), and 5 tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil (also naturally anti-bacterial!) Optionally, you can add a few drops of essential oil for fragrance. Tea tree oil, for example, would be a great choice due to its anti-microbial properties and refreshing scent.

11. Whiten Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth with baking soda can help to remove stains and keep your pearly-whites… well, pearly! Mix 2/3 cup of pure aluminum-free baking soda with one level teaspoon of fine ground sea salt and add water until your mixture reaches toothpaste consistency. Optionally, you can add around 10 drops of peppermint oil or a teaspoon of peppermint extract for flavoring. Do this before you mix in the water so your paste doesn’t become too thin.

12. Naturally Freshen Breath

Use baking soda to create your own homemade all-natural rinse that is both inexpensive and great for your mouth health. Simply mix about half a teaspoon of baking soda in 4 ounces of warm water. Gargle and swish for up to a minute then spit it out. Follow up with a rinse of cool water to remove the salty taste and grit from your mouth. As with baking soda toothpaste, you can add an optional drop or two of peppermint for flavoring.

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