The Home remedy soda (sodium hydrogen carbonate) is versatile in the household and can make life incredibly easier without plastic. Natron is a natural mineral (raw form is Nahcolith) that is particularly common in the US state of Colorado and is mined. The mineral soda has, among other things, fat dissolving, antibacterial, and odor neutralizing and is therefore a versatile home remedy. Both for your health & care, as well as for kitchen & household.
I have prepared for you a small list of possible applications of Baking soda in the household, through which you can do without a lot of plastic waste. I myself have tried almost all of these applications and can tell you this environmentally friendly packaged soda* recommend. Let's go!
Sodium bicarbonate in the application for health & care
There is nothing more important than our health. For this, a lot of money is spent every year on care products, which are often stretched with chemical additives and, as we know, can also contain microplastics. In addition to the microplastic, the packaging also makes a lot of waste. Since the home remedy soda is a real all-rounder, it can also help us in the area of health & personal care to make less waste.
1. baking soda for hair
When you mix baking soda into warm water, you can simply massage it into your hair and have a wonderful plastic-free shampoo replacement that degreases your hair and does your scalp good naturally. You can also use the home remedy baking soda to lighten your hair color a bit! To do this, after the application just described, simply go out in the sun for an hour to dry or let your hair dry under a towel. The soda-water mixture you must then rinse again from your hair.
2. baking soda as deodorant
Make your own deodorant with the help of sodium bicarbonate. Take an old spray bottle, 100 ml of boiled and lukewarm water (never more than 49°C!!!) and add 10 drops of lime essential oil and 1-2 tsp of baking soda. Then stir a few more times. If it doesn't work, then you should add some more water. Be sure to shake well before each use, as the oil will settle. Let's hear if it worked!
Here you get essential oil (lime)
3. sodium bicarbonate for deacidification (detox)
The more acidic the environment (lower pH), the more comfortable bacteria feel. To deacidify your body, sodium hydrogen carbonate helps. It neutralizes acids and turns them into salts. Unfortunately, I have found sodium bicarbonate capsules only in a plastic package. Sodium bicarbonate can also be infused into the veins. But you should definitely talk to your family doctor about this, because soda has more "power" than you can imagine. It acts as an antidote to harmful toxins in your organism.
4. baking soda for healthy skin
The home remedy sodium bicarbonate is wonderful for healthy skin. It purifies and promotes blood circulation in your skin. Say acne, athlete's foot and Co. with soda the fight. You can, for example, take a bath with soda water.
5. bicarbonate of soda against hangover
Since sodium bicarbonate is alkaline, it counteracts and neutralizes the acid in the stomach. So it helps you with stomach problems and acid regurgitation after a night of drinking and reduces your hangover.
6. baking soda against blackheads
There are many products from advertising that are supposed to help against blackheads. The cheap and plastic-free alternative is the home remedy sodium bicarbonate. Again, you can mix the soda paste with a little water. Apply the mixture to your nose and massage it in. The home remedy sodium bicarbonate removes dead skin cells and excess oil on your skin. This also eliminates the root cause of blackheads.
7. bicarbonate of soda for/against cystitis
Baking soda inhibits bacterial growth in the intestines by raising the pH level. Such alkalization further strengthens the natural bacterial defenses of your intestines, and the bladder infection can pass quickly. To do this, drink a glass with a level teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate 2-3 times a day. However, sodium bicarbonate is only a quick fix. Therefore, in case of cystitis, I recommend you to additionally consult a doctor.
8. baking soda as toothpaste
Soda and salt make a mixture in which you can dip your toothbrush and prevent plaque and discoloration. However, this compound should not be a permanent toothpaste replacement. There is still a wonderful alternative solution to conventional toothpaste. Since toothpaste makes a lot of plastic waste and often has questionable ingredients, you should check out your Toothpaste with coconut oil easy to make yourself.
9. bicarbonate of soda against sore throat
Baking soda is also super effective against sore throats. Simply make a "gargle solution" with a teaspoon of baking soda and 200 ml of water. Stir vigorously and gargle 3x a day with the liquid.
10. baking soda against bad breath
Baking soda not only cleans the teeth, but also helps wonderfully against bad breath. Again, fill a glass with water, add a teaspoon of baking soda and gargle 3 times a day. The sodium hydrogen carbonate neutralizes the pH value of your mouth. Simply use it like conventional mouthwashes or mouthwash.
11. baking soda after sunburn
Your skin is already burned and you usually walk around for a few days now, like a cancer. However, the home remedy bicarbonate of soda will help you here as well: Fill some water in a small tub and add about a teaspoon of baking soda per liter. Now you can soak your clothes that are directly on the burned areas (T-shirt etc or a normal cloth) in the water and then put them on or on your skin. In this way, sodium bicarbonate is a good help against sunburn and promotes the regeneration of your skin.
12. baking soda against sweaty feet
Since sodium bicarbonate has the wonderful property of neutralizing odors, you can also use sodium bicarbonate as a natural foot bath against sweaty feet. Sodium hydrogen carbonate makes your skin much softer.
13. sodium bicarbonate against heartburn
Baking soda has been used for many decades to treat heartburn. Again, just dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it. But as a long-term solution to heartburn, I'd rather recommend you tackle the root causes. Drink less alcohol, exercise more, and eliminate mental stress.
14. baking soda as a bath additive
Run a warm bath (not hotter than 49°C because sodium bicarbonate will turn into caustic soda and harm your skin) and add about 100g of baking soda. Your skin will be so soft and clean that you can do without plastic waste from any creams. You can also combine your bath with Dead Sea bath salts.
Soda in the application in kitchen & household
In addition to the application for health & care, soda also has fantastic applications in the kitchen & household. With sodium bicarbonate, many things can be produced or solved ourselves, for which we would probably have preferred a chemical household remedy from a plastic bottle under normal circumstances. In kitchen & household you can use the miracle cure sodium hydrogen carbonate for example as follows:
15. baking soda as scouring milk
You can make your own scouring milk from baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch and save yourself a lot of plastic waste. Even without citric acid and cornstarch, you can use baking soda and a little water to make a paste that's really something. Stubborn stains on kitchen utensils or even stains from carpets can be removed wonderfully with baking soda. For carpets, you can simply sprinkle the baking soda powder on the dirty spots, let it soak in for half a day and vacuum it up. Works perfectly and is easy on the nerves. 😉 You can get citric acid and starch here:
Citric acid is available here
You can get cornstarch here
16. sodium bicarbonate as a rinsing agent
As already mentioned, baking soda and washing soda are not the same. Although washing soda is often recommended for making your own dishwashing detergent, baking soda is clearly the more skin-friendly solution. I tried it out right away. Here's an exact tutorial on how to make your own Make dishwashing liquid yourself can.
17. sodium bicarbonate as a detergent
In fact, you can simply add baking soda to the detergent compartment of your washing machine, just like regular detergent. In addition to the sodium bicarbonate detergent, however, I have compiled many plastic-free alternatives for you here, with which you can save your Make detergent yourself can.
18. baking soda against odors from trash cans
Sodium bicarbonate is an odor neutralizer, so it's great against harsh odors from the trash can. Simply cover the bottom of your trash can with 3 teaspoons of baking soda. In any case, the entire bottom of the trash can should be covered with baking soda. The baking soda will now eliminate unpleasant odors for a period of time. If it starts to stink at some point, cover the bottom of the trash can with new baking soda. You simply rinse down the previously used baking soda in the sink and do something good for the drain pipes as well. Why? Next paragraph 🙂
19. sodium bicarbonate as a pipe cleaner
Forget the chemical pipe cleaners in the plastic bottle and try baking soda and vinegar first. Baking soda has a grease-dissolving and antibacterial effect. Just add 5-10 tablespoons of baking soda followed by a half cup of vinegar to the drain. When baking soda and vinegar react, carbon dioxide is produced. This naturally "blasts" the clog without shooting chemicals down the drain. You can get vinegar in any supermarket in a glass bottle, no need to order it online.
20. baking soda as a digestive aid
Sodium bicarbonate can neutralize excess acid from food and weaken its effect in the intestine. As the saying goes, "peas, beans and lentils, make the ars** grin". Add a little baking soda to the cooking water when boiling to prevent flatulence.
21. bicarbonate of soda as a room spray
Since sodium bicarbonate has an odor-neutralizing effect, it is also perfect for use as a room spray. All you need is a reused (400 ml) spray bottle, 1 tablespoon of sodium bicarbonate and boiled water (about 250 ml). If you like, you can again add a bit of essential oil (lemon, etc.) depending on your scent preference. Stir the baking soda into the warm water and stir regularly. Your new room spray with baking soda will neutralize unwanted odors in the home.
Here you get the right essential oil (lemon)
22. baking soda as a cooking aid
Does cooking legumes take a little too long for you, too? Just grab a level teaspoon of baking soda and add it to the cooking water. This way, peas, beans and lentils will cook much faster.
23. baking soda as oven cleaner
In about 10 minutes you have made your own oven cleaner with the home remedy baking soda. All you need is 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of salt and 1-2 tablespoons of water. Mix everything in a bowl to make the well-known baking soda paste. Now you can spread it in the oven with a rag, just as you would with any conventional oven cleaner. After 20 minutes, you can wipe it all off. Make sure that all the baking soda is removed from the oven afterwards.
24. baking soda as a mold remover
Sodium hydrogen carbonate is the ideal mold remover due to its abrasive action (e.g. as a scouring agent). It is aggressive enough to remove stains, but without damaging the surfaces. Since sodium bicarbonate is also naturally antibacterial, it can also permanently eliminate mold. Maybe you know that slight mold growth in the grout lines between bathroom tiles? These grout lines can be perfectly eliminated with a used toothbrush and a little baking soda!
25. baking soda as toilet cleaner
Maybe you know those brown edges on the toilet? You can solve this problem easily and plastic-free with baking soda. Sprinkle the home remedy sodium bicarbonate on the corresponding areas and give the mineral about a quarter of an hour to act. You can also clean the bow (the pipe) of the toilet with baking soda. I recommend a soaking time of about 30 minutes after adding a tablespoon of baking soda to the water. You can also make your own toilet tabs from baking soda!
Is baking soda the ideal natural home remedy?
A clear YES! And it supports plastic-free living like no other natural substance! Two important things I still have to finish this article:
- You should not experiment with baking soda during pregnancy! At least not without consulting your family doctor. Because for a healthy development of your child, a balanced acid balance is also important.
- Likelihood of confusion: Besides soda, there are other home remedies that are so versatile and have a similar chemical name. One of them is soda ash (sodium carbonate). Soda ash is an even more aggressive home remedy and should be used even more thoughtfully than baking soda. Soda ash can easily irritate the skin, eyes and respiratory tract and should be used all the more carefully.
Just make sure you always have real baking soda (sodium hydrogen carbonate) in your hands for the above applications.
I hope that the home remedy bicarbonate of soda also helps you so wonderfully to make less waste. For me, baking soda is the perfect and especially natural way to live more plastic-free. Feel free to drop me a line and share your personal experiences with baking soda in the home, as well as additions to this article below in the comments.