Uses for Bicarbonate of Soda

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It seems grandmother does know best – growing numbers are becoming convinced that natural alternatives to chemical stuffed cleaning products are just as, if not more, effective. Traditional Bicarbonate of Soda, lemon juice and vinegar are just some of the wonder products with a million uses.

Cosmetic uses for Bicarbonate of Soda


Add a teaspoon of traditional Bicarbonate of Soda to half a glass of water, then take a gulp, gargle, spit out and rinse. This will neutralise any nasty odours in your mouth.


For an effective facial scrub, mix three parts traditional Bicarbonate of Soda with one part water. Use as a facial skin exfoliator in a gentle, circular motion or add some sugar for a more powerful body scrub.

Insect bite treatment

Make a paste of the bicarbonate of soda with a little water and apply to the site of insect bites to ease stinging and itching.

Hair detoxifier

Add half a teaspoonful of bicarbonate of soda to your shampoo when you wash your hair for a detoxifying effect – the soda will help to remove any build up of styling products just as effectively but more cheaply than special detoxifying shampoos.

Clean hairbrushes

Use bicarbonate of soda to keep your brushes and combs clean. Soak your hair tools in warm water with a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda added, then rinse thoroughly and allow to air dry.

Uses for Bicarbonate of Soda around the House

Clean pots and pans

Soak saucepans and frying pans in warm water with three tablespoons of baking soda to loosen cooked on food and stubborn grease residues before washing by hand or in the machine as usual.

Microwave and fridge cleaner

Rub the inside and outside of your appliances with a clean, damp sponge sprinkled with bicarb. This will leave your appliances spotless, without scratches or any chemical odours.

Polishing silver

Make a paste of three parts bicarbonate of soda and one part water and apply as a polish to silverware with a clean sponge or cloth. Rinse thoroughly and rub dry with a soft cloth for a sparkling finish.

Stain remover

Remove stubborn coffee and tea stains from pots and mugs with a baking soda and warm water solution, soaking overnight if necessary.

Oven cleaner

It’s the worst job in the kitchen! Make cleaning the oven easy by sprinkling the bottom of the oven with bicarbonate of soda, then dampen with a water spray. Leave to work overnight, then remove dirt and grime in the morning and rinse with a cloth or sponge.

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