Sodium bicarbonate, also known as sodium acid carbonate, sodium hydrogen carbonate, bicarbonate of soda or vichy salt, is a solid, crystalline compound, soluble in water, which is obtained from a mineral called natron, and has the property of neutralizing acids which makes it a product with a multitude of very practical uses for day to day. In addition, we can easily buy it in the supermarket or drugstores.
As an antacid
Baking soda is used as an antacid to treat heartburn, indigestion, and upset stomach, as it is very fast-acting, although it should only be for temporary relief. So we should not take sodium bicarbonate for more than 2 weeks unless our doctor tells us to do so, as the United States National Library of Medicine. Baking soda can cause unlikely side effects such as flatulence and vomiting and to have a rebound effect which would cause the acidity to increase, rather than decrease it. In the case of needing to treat long-term stomach acid problems (such as peptic ulcer disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease), we will need to talk to the doctor about other medications.
Baking soda is a very useful pest control product. To do this, we will mix it with water and spread it on the carpets, until the mixture is absorbed to vacuum after 24 hours and collect any dry residues that may remain.
In cleaning our home, this same mixture will also be used to wash brushes and combs. OR If we mix it with a little lemon or vinegar, we can clean the iron, oven, dishwasher, microwave, or red wine and coffee stains how much they cost to eliminate.
Eliminate bad smells
The product also it is very effective in neutralizing odors, a box of baking soda, uncovered, in the refrigerator will prevent it from smelling of moisture. If we apply it to the hands, we will also be able to remove strong odors such as fish or garlic. And as for the feet, we can take a relaxing bath by mixing a little baking soda and bay leaf in hot water.
This compound also has very interesting cosmetic utilities for our skin. We just have to make sure that it will not cause us any reaction if we have sensitive skin. So first we must test it on a small area of the face and check its effects.
We can put a little sodium bicarbonate in the shampoo, which will eliminate the residues of the product in our hair and make the hair shine more. If we have oily hair, it works very well to absorb oil, applying the product to damp hair and then drying it with a little hot air. For in-depth facial hygiene, we will prepare a mixture of baking soda and water to clean the pores and prevent acne, and if the paste is also made with oatmeal we will have a gentle exfoliant. It is important not to mix this emulsion with any depigmenting product and rinse with plenty of water to remove it completely after a few seconds.