Bicarb Soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate or baking soda is an ingredient in bath bombs and it has a number other health, beauty, cooking and household uses.
Packaging Note: All sizes of this product are packaged in bags. We no longer sell dry ingredients in pails.
Personal Care Uses for Bicarb Soda
1. Make Toothpaste
A paste made from bicarb soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution can be used as an alternative to commercial non-fluoride toothpastes. You can also just dip your toothbrush with toothpaste into bicarb soda for an extra boost.
2. Freshen Your Mouth
Put one teaspoon in half a glass of water, swish, spit and rinse. Odours are neutralized, not just covered up.
3. Soak Oral Appliance
Soak oral appliances, like retainers, mouthpieces and dentures, in a solution of 2 teaspoons bicarb soda dissolved in a glass or small bowl of warm water. The bicarb soda loosens food particles and neutralizes odours to keep appliances fresh. You can also brush appliances clean using bicarb soda.
4. Use as a Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliant
Give yourself an invigorating facial and body scrub. Make a paste of 3 parts bicarb soda to 1 part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin. Rinse clean. This is gentle enough for daily use.
5. Skip Harsh Deodorant
Pat it onto your underarms to neutralize body odour.
6. Use as an Antacid
It is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach and/or acid indigestion.
7. Treat Insect Bites & Itchy Skin
For insect bites, make a paste out of bicarb soda and water, and apply as a salve onto affected skin. To ease the itch, shake some into your hands and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower.
8. Make a Hand Cleanser and Softener
Skip harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralise odours on hands with a paste of 3 parts bicarb to 1 part water, or 3 parts bicarb soda to gentle liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean.
9. Help Your Hair
Vinegar is amazing for your hair, but bicarb soda has its place in the shower too. Sprinkle a small amount into your palm along with your favourite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly. The bicarb helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is cleaner and more manageable.
10. Clean Brushes and Combs
For lustrous hair with more shine, keep brushes and combs clean. Remove natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs and brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of bicarb in a small basin of warm water. Rinse and allow to dry.
11. Make a Bath Soak
Add 1/2 cup of bicarb to your bath to neutralize acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration, it also makes your skin feel very soft. Epsom salts are pretty miraculous for the bath too.
12. Soothe Your Feet
Dissolve 3 tablespoons of bicarb in a tub of warm water and soak feet. Gently scrub. You can also make a spa soak for your feet.
Cleaning with Bicarb Soda
13. Make a Surface Soft Scrub
For safe, effective cleaning of bathroom tubs, tile and sinks–even fiberglass and glossy tiles–sprinkle bicarb soda lightly on a clean damp sponge and scrub as usual. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry. For extra cleaning power, make a paste with bicarb soda, course salt and liquid dish soap—let it sit then scour off.
14. Hand wash Dishes and Pots & Pans
Add 2 heaped tablespoons of bicarb soda (along with your regular dish detergent) to the dish water to help cut grease and foods left on dishes, pots and pans. For cooked-on foods, let them soak in the bicarb soda and detergent with water first, then use dry bicarb soda on a clean damp sponge or cloth as a scratchless scouring powder.
15. Freshen Sponges
Soak stale-smelling sponges in a strong bicarb solution to get rid of the mess (2 tablespoons of bicarb soda dissolved in 500ml of warm water). For more thorough disinfecting, use the microwave.
16. Clean the Microwave
Use some on a clean damp sponge and gently clean the inside and outside the microwave. Rinse well with water.
17. Polish Silver Flatware
Make a bicarb paste made with 3 parts bicarb soda to 1 part water. Rub onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry for shining sterling and silver-plate serving pieces.
18. Clean Coffee and Tea Pots
Remove coffee and tea stains and eliminate bitter off-tastes by washing mugs and coffee makers in a solution of 1/4 cup bicarb soda in 1 litre of warm water. For stubborn stains, try soaking overnight in the bicarb solution and detergent or scrubbing with some bicarb on a clean damp sponge.
19. Clean the Oven
Sprinkle bicarb onto the bottom of the oven. Spray with water to dampen. Let sit overnight. In the morning, scrub, scoop the bicarb and grime out with a sponge, or vacuum, and rinse.
20. Clean Floors
Remove dirt and grime (without unwanted scratch marks) from no wax and tile floors using 1/2 cup bicarb soda in a bucket of warm water–mop and rinse clean for a sparkling floor. For scuff marks, use bicarb soda on a clean damp sponge, then rinse.
21. Clean Furniture
You can clean and remove marks (even crayon) from walls and painted furniture by applying bicarb to a damp sponge and rubbing lightly. Wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
22. Clean Shower Curtains
Clean and deodorise your vinyl shower curtain by sprinkling it directly on a clean damp sponge or brush. Scrub the shower curtain and rinse clean. Hang it up to dry.
23. Boost Your Liquid Laundry Detergent
Give your laundry a boost by adding 1/2 cup of bicarb soda to your laundry to make liquid detergent work harder. A better balance of pH in the wash gets clothes cleaner, fresher and brighter.
24. Gently Clean Baby Clothes
Baby skin requires the most gentle of cleansers, which are increasingly available, but odour and stain fighters are often harsh. For tough stains add 1/2 cup of bicarb soda to your liquid laundry detergent, or a 1/2 cup in the rinse cycle for deodorisation.
25. Clean Cloth Nappies
Dissolve 1/2 cup of bicarb soda in 2 litres of water and soak nappies thoroughly.
26. Clean and Freshen Sports Gear
Use a bicarb solution (4 tablespoons bicarb soda in 1 litre warm water) to clean and deodorise smelly sports equipment. Sprinkle it into golf bags and gym bags to deodorise, clean golf irons (without scratching them) with a bicarb paste (3 parts bicarb soda to 1 part water) and a brush. Rinse thoroughly.
27. Remove Oil and Grease Stains
Use it to clean up light-duty oil and grease spills on your garage floor or in your driveway. Sprinkle bicarb soda on the spot and scrub with a wet brush.
28. Clean Batteries
It can be used to neutralize battery acid corrosion on cars and mowers because it is a mild alkali. Be sure to disconnect the battery terminals before cleaning. Make a paste of 3 parts bicarb soda to 1 part water, apply with a damp cloth to scrub corrosion from the battery terminal. After cleaning and re-connecting the terminals, wipe them with petroleum jelly to prevent future corrosion. Please be careful when working around a battery since they contain a strong acid.
29. Clean Cars
Use it to clean your car lights, chrome, windows, tires, vinyl seats and floor mats without worrying about unwanted scratch marks. Use a bicarb soda solution made of 1/4 cup bicarb soda in 1 litre of warm water. Apply with a sponge or soft cloth to remove road grime, tree sap, bugs and tar. For stubborn stains, use bicarb soda sprinkled on a damp sponge or soft brush.
Deodorizing with Bicarb Soda
30. Deodorise Your Refrigerator
Place an open box in the back of the fridge to neutralise odours.
31. Deodorise the Cutting Board
Sprinkle the cutting board with bicarb soda, scrub, rinse.
32. Deodorise garbage bin
Sprinkle bicarb on the bottom of your garbage bin to keep stinky trash smells at bay.
33. Deodorise Recyclables
Clean your recycle bin or containers periodically. Sprinkle bicarb soda on a damp sponge, wipe clean and rinse.
34. Deodorise Drains
To deodorise your sink and tub drains, and keep lingering odours from resurfacing, pour 1/2 cup of bicarb soda down the drain while running warm tap water–it will neutralize both acid and basic odours for a fresh drain. (This a good way to dispose of the bicarb soda that is being retired from your refrigerator.)
35. Deodorise and Clean Dishwashers
Use bicarb soda to deodorise the dishwasher and as a gentle cleanser in the wash cycle.
36. Deodorise Garbage Disposals
To deodorise your garbage disposal, and keep lingering odours from resurfacing, pour bicarb soda down the drain while running warm tap water.
37. Deodorise Lunch Boxes
Between uses, place a spill-proof box of bicarb soda in everyone’s lunch box to absorb lingering odours.
38. Remove odour From Carpets
Liberally sprinkle bicarb soda on the carpet. Let set overnight, or as long as possible (the longer it sets the better it works). Sweep up the larger amounts of bicarb soda and vacuum up the rest.
39. Remove odour From Vacuum Cleaners
By using the method above for carpets, you will also deodorise your vacuum cleaner.
40. Freshen Closets
Place a box on the shelf to keep the closet smelling fresh.
41. Deodorizing Cars
Odours settle into car upholstery and carpet, so each time you step in and sit down, they are released into the air all over again. Eliminate these odours by sprinkling bicarb soda directly on fabric car seats and carpets. Wait 15 minutes (or longer for strong odours) and vacuum up the bicarb soda.
42. Deodorise the Cat Box
Cover the bottom of the pan with bicarb soda, then fill as usual with litter. To freshen between changes, sprinkle bicarb soda on top of the litter after a thorough cleaning. You can also use green tea for this purpose.
43. Deodorise Pet Bedding
Eliminate odours from your pets bedding by sprinkling liberally with bicarb soda, wait 15 minutes (or longer for stronger odours), then vacuum up.
44. Deodorise Sneakers
Keep odours from spreading in smelly sneakers by shaking bicarb soda into them when not in use. Shake out before wearing.
45. Freshen Linens
Add 1/2 cup to the rinse cycle for fresher sheets and towels.
46. Deodorise Your Wash
Gym clothes or other odourous clothing can be neutralized with a 1/2 cup of bicarb in the rinse cycle.
47. Freshen Stuffed Animals
Keep favourite cuddly toys fresh with a dry shower of bicarb. Sprinkle it on and let it sit for 15 minutes before brushing off.
Miscellaneous Uses for Bicarb Soda
48. Camping Cure-all
Bicarb soda is a must-have for your next camping trip. Its a dish washer, pot scrubber, hand cleanser, deodorant, toothpaste, fire extinguisher and many other uses.
49. Extinguish Fires
You should always have a fire blanket on hand in the kitchen to smother oil/fat fires. If a fire blanket or fire extinguisher is not available during an emergency, bicarb soda may help in the initial handling of minor grease fires. When it is heated it gives off carbon dioxide which helps to smother flames. It is always best to call 000 in an emergency and follow their advice.
50. Septic Care
Regular use of bicarb in your drains can help keep your septic system flowing freely. One cup of bicarb per week will help maintain a favourable pH in your septic tank.
51. Fruit and Vegetable Scrub
It is a safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables. Just sprinkle a little on a clean damp sponge, scrub and rinse.
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