Another household product that has many purposes other than what it is known for. Bicarbonate of soda can be used for cleaning, personal care and for removing odors.
Exfoliating your skin
Once a week, exfoliate your skin with bicarbonate of soda. This removes any bacteria from your skin giving you a fresh, clean feeling. Before using soap, simply exfoliate wet skin and rinse off.
Natural teeth whitener
Adding to your toothpaste can not only freshen your mouth but has been known to be a natural teeth whitener. If you look at the ingredients in most of the teeth whitening toothpastes, bicarbonate of soda is usually included.
Treating irritated skin
Treat irritated skin by adding a small amount to wet skin and gently massage into the skin.
Removing body odor
If you do a lot of exercise or over-perspire in warm conditions, sometimes washing under your arms doesn’t do the trick which leaves an unpleasant odor. By rubbing bicarbonate of soda under your arms before washing, this removes the build up of bacteria and odour. You’ll notice as soon as you step out of the shower.
When washing your hair, add to shampoo for amazing results. Bicarbonate of soda removes the build up of product and residue in your hair leaving you with visibly cleaner hair.
Add a table spoon to warm water and allow your dishes to soak for 10 minutes. Wash with washing up liquid as normal.
Remove odor from fridge
When I went on holiday my fridge freezer broke, melting all the food inside. As you can imagine, when returning 2 weeks later the odor was absolutely foul! After cleaning the fridge, I could not get rid of the strong smell. It was so bad that I could not have fresh food because the food would smell bad!!
I was told to put bicarbonate of soda in a cup and leave in the fridge within 2 days, the smell had reduced significantly! I’ve recently had a new fridge freezer and continue to do this to keep it smelling fresh 🙂
Living in London means that we are unfortunate enough to have limescale left on cutlery and our sink. Once a week, clean the sink with warm water and scrub with bicarbonate of soda, which lifts the limescale and leaves the cutlery and sink shiny!
Cleaning the floor
Add two spoonfuls to your mop and bucket water to lift tough dirt and grime on your floor!
Remove bin odor
If your inside or outside bin is smelling worse than usual, sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda directly in the bin. This will absorb the odor!
Remove drain odor
Noticing the trend? Bicarbonate of soda removes pretty much any odor! Tip a little down the sink and turn the hot water tap on to clear the pipes.
Use as a dehumidifier
Rather than buying a dehumidifier, why not put a cup of bicarbonate of soda in the damp area? This absorbs the humidified air reducing the appearance of damp.
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