Contributed by: Carol Kline

Did you know that there are numerous benefits to using baking soda? Baking soda is a must have ingredient for natural homemade remedies, it’s also inexpensive and readily available at the grocery store. Here are just a handful of uses that you may not have known about:

• Did you know that baking soda is great for relieving heartburn, indigestion, and ulcer pain? Mix a small amount with water and drink. Try starting with less than half of ¼ teaspoon and see how you feel.

• Place some baking soda on your toothbrush and scrub your teeth to help remove plaque and bad breath. It also helps whiten your teeth!

• Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply on splinters, sunburn, bee stings, and insect bites.

• Sprinkle on a vegetable brush and help remove residue and dirt from vegetables and fruit.

• Baking soda sprinkled lightly in your shoes will help deodorize them.

• Add one cup or more to a load of laundry and your clothes will be whiter and brighter.

• Sprinkle a teaspoon into your regular shampoo. Wash and rinse as usual. Your hair will be shinier and more manageable when you’re done.

• Make a paste of one part water and three parts baking soda for a natural exfoliating scrub. Rub onto your face with gentle, circular strokes, then rinse with warm water.

*** The baking soda in the above remedies, especially ones that you will be ingesting, should be an All Natural, Pure Baking Soda, like Bob’s Red Mill brand.

Sources: naturallivingideas.com, mercola.com, draxe.com, health.com

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