Baking Soda Baking Soda Bath Baking Soda uses

Baking soda is a powerful, familiar, and earth-friendly natural product that is undergoing a resurgence of popularity.

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate (chemically, NaHCO3), is a compound that occurs naturally in mineral deposits throughout the world. It helps maintain, neutralize, and balance many substances that cause stains and unpleasant odors in the home.

In addition, personal health and beauty are so closely related that it is not surprising that baking soda, incorporated into your beauty routine, becomes a soothing and effective cleansing agent.

Here are suggestions that take the idea of natural cleaning a step further, and include the economical and natural benefits of baking soda in many of your personal health and beauty routines without the worry of chemical side effects:

* Use a decorative container to store baking soda on a convenient counter. You will find many uses for this natural product when it is conveniently at hand as you go about your daily routine.

* Wash your hands with warm soapy water, and a sprinkle of baking soda, to remove strong odors and leave your hands soft and refreshed.

* Use a light scrub of baking soda and water to exfoliate skin of the face, neck, and feet. Rub lightly and rinse well for smooth clean skin, ready for an astringent splash and moisturizer.

* A sprinkle of baking soda over regular toothpaste produces a whitening toothpaste that is long lasting and leaves the mouth amazingly fresh.

* Gargle with a warm mixture, half-and-half, of baking soda and water to ease a sore throat. Keep a supply of the cooled mixture on hand; it is a refreshing mouthwash.

* Add a small amount of baking soda to hair or body shampoo for a wonderfully squeaky-clean result. Remember to wash combs, brushes, and barrettes, as well.

* A warm bath, including 1/2-cup baking soda, offers many benefits and pleasures. You will find relief from muscle strains and aches, incidental scrapes and bumps, an easing of the nerves and a chance to relax and regroup. Tie a generous bunch of your favorite herbs (think about rosemary, thyme, and lavender) around the faucet so that the heat and steam from drawing your bath infuses the room with their fragrances and benefits. You will emerge from your bath with renewed spirits and beautifully soft skin.

* Make special shoe shapers for special shoes. Find the cutest socks around, or decorate and personalize for gifts (stocking stuffers). Fill the feet with baking soda and your favorite dried herb (lavender is wonderful) or pot pourri. Tie with a ribbon. Slip them into your nicest shoes or grungiest gym shoes; they will always be fresh and welcoming.

* Use baking soda, in place of commercial washes, to clean fruit and vegetables. Sprinkle with water, dust lightly with baking soda, soak a few minutes and rinse. Your produce will be sparkling clean and naturally appetizing.

These are a few suggestions to get you started thinking about using this wonderfully natural gift from the earth in everyday health and beauty routines.

Visit a big box store like Sam’s or Cosco, and purchase a big box of baking soda. Place a supply in convenient spots around your home, and you will be amazed at opportunities to use baking soda for cleaning, neutralizing orders, softening the skin and renewing the spirits .