1. Cleaning Fruit and Vegetables
Create a bath of cold water then add a sprinkle of bicarbonate of soda. Add your fruit and veggies and leave for a few minutes to soak and remove any waxes and any traces of bacteria that may have been present in the soil or airborne diseases such as norovirus.
This will also help to keep fruit and vegetables fresher for longer.
2. Smelly Shoes
Bicarbonate of soda is a natural deodoriser so its perfect for smelly shoes, trainers, boots, slippers. Add a sprinkle and leave for at least an hour then remove by shaking it out into a bin or hoover it up.
3. Sore Throat
Its antibacterial properties may help to prevent infections. At the first sign of sore throat gargle 1 teaspoon dissolved in 240ml of warm water. It’s safe to repeat every four hours as needed.
4. Weed Killer
Ditch the chemicals in your garden and switch to bicarbonate of soda. Use in a spray bottle with water or sprinkle onto affected areas.
That feeling you get when you walk out to find your car frozen over. Sprinkle bicarb on your driveway to defrost in seconds.
6. Carpet Freshener
To make your own natural carpet freshener powder, use an empty jar or tub add about 100g bicarb (depending on your carpet size) and a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Pop a lid on and give a shake to mix the 2 ingredients together then sprinkle onto carpets. Leave around 30 mins then use a vacuum cleaner to remove. Not only will your carpet smell fresh it will also help keep your vacuum cleaner stay fresh.
This mixture can also be used on car seats and car carpets.
Bicarb’s natural antibacterial properties can clean the mouth and help stop the growth of bacteria. Mixed with warm water and gargled (as above; see 3) may help to prevent oral infections.
Skip the shampoo for a few weeks and massage your wet scalp with paste made of baking soda and water.
You can also add bicarb to your existing conditioner for a dandruff busting hair mask.
9. Insect bites
Apply bicarb and a little water to the affected area to neutralise bug bites.
Not just good for smelly shoes, bins and carpets; you can apply bicarb direct to stinky pits to freshen up without the chemicals or fragrances in most deodorants.
Make a deodorant paste for daily use by adding bicarb to coconut oil. You can add a drop or two of lavender essential oil for a relaxing scent or peppermint oil for mint freshness.
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