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Baking soda health and home uses

Baking soda is far more useful than just being a cooking ingredient.

Also known as bicarbonate of soda or sodium bicarbonate, it can banish bad smells and even calm indigestion.

Here are things you can do with the versatile powder from the back of your cupboard:

Clean inside your nose - As a home care tip for conditions like sinusitis and non-allergic rhinitis, rinsing out your nose can help relieve symptoms. Mix a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda with a teaspoon of salt into a pint of cooled boiled water. With washed hands, stand over a sink and pour some of the solution into a cupped hand and sniff into each nostril.

Rinse your mouth out - Mucositis inflammation in the mouth may be relieved by rinsing the mouth 5-6 times a day with a mixture of water and baking soda. This is called a bland rinse. Seek medical advice if you have concerns.

Clean your eyelids: If you have red or inflamed eyelids from blepharitis, cleaning them with a cotton bud and teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda dissolved in water can help relieve symptoms.

Soothe cystitis- A teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in a glass of water taken 4 times a day can help with the burning pain from this common urinary tract condition.

Beat the itch -Adding a little baking soda to your bath water or a bowl can help with itchy skin, itchy feet or scalp.

As a deodorant - Baking soda is sometimes recommended as an ingredient in natural antiperspirant to help mask body odour when there's excessive sweating, and also to help combat wetness.

Tame a smelly fridge - Most bad smells come from either strong acids like sour milk, or things like spoiled fish. When you add baking soda and change the pH balance, the odours in your fridge or your carpet come into a neutral state. Try it for yourself. Put an open tub of baking soda in your fridge and smell the benefit.

WebMD Medical Reference

Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on October 24, 2017

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