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1000 uses for sodium bicarbonate

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A very versatile, crystalline powder, ideal for various uses

The artificial production of sodium bicarbonate  began in the late eighteenth century by a French chemist, but it was only Ernest Solvay who, a century later, started the real industrial production on a large scale.

Since then, this white crystalline powder, also known as Vichy salt, took a steady place in our closets, to be mainly used as an antacid after a meal or as a disinfectant for fruit and vegetables.

Sodium bicarbonate (also called baking soda) is actually suitable for many uses, but before consuming it, you should not overlook the high-sodium content in it, reason why you should control possible excesses.

A good alternative for those who want to control sodium content in their diet without giving up the "benefits" of bicarbonate, is to enlist potassium bicarbonate

House sanitising, teeth cleaning and much more...

Regardless of the type of bicarbonate chosen, this substance is still appreciated for its versatility and multiple possible uses.

Bicarbonate can actually be used as a real wild card, given also the relatively low cost and its easy availability.

If your pantry never misses this substance, let us see together how to best use it.

  • For personal hygiene, it can be used as a toothpaste, alternating it with the "traditional" one. For teeth cleaning, in addition to the usual daily routine, you can use baking soda once a week: just dip the brush into it, wet it under running water and clean your teeth as you would do with a normal toothpaste. If you want to enhance the flavour, just add a few drops of essential oil of peppermint.

Alternatively, you can also wash your hair with baking soda by adding a teaspoon to the usual shampoo.

  • As a gentle exfoliator for face and body. To get a gentle exfoliator for your body massage, you can mix three tablespoons of baking soda with a tablespoon of water. Also in this case, you can perfume the compound obtained with an essential oil to taste (excellent for the body are bitter orangelemon and cypress
  • As a deodorant. Bicarbonate can be applied pure, to feet or armpits, especially in case of hyper sweating. Alternatively, you can dissolve two spoons of bicarbonate in a glass of water, let it rest a whole day and then transfer the liquid into a spray container, adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to your liking
  • To give relief to insect bites or other irritations. Just mix one teaspoon of baking soda and a little of water to obtain a paste to be applied locally on any bites.
  • For house cleaning. To make it easier to remove grease and stains from pots, you can leave them to soak for a while in water and baking soda. This powder can also be a valid ally for cleaning the bathroom, if sprinkled on the surface of the bathtub, the sink and on the tiles.

The benefits of bicarbonate do not end there, and we have listed just a few possible uses.

Of course, the consolidated traditional uses remain valid, which you should not give up after trying the above alternatives.

Check out the range of alkalising supplements from Dr Giorgini collection, with substances useful for the acid-base balance. 

 


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