Here are some surprising uses of bicarbonate of soda from relief of sunburn to treating insect bites.
Baking soda is a natural deodorant
If you want to avoid the parabens and aluminium found in many deodorants and antiperspirants, try a pinch of baking soda mixed with water instead. This simple paste makes an effective and simple natural deodorant. You can also simply brush some dry baking soda under your arms.
Relieves insect bites and stings
Apply a paste made of baking soda and water to insect bites to help relieve itching. You can also try rubbing the dry powder onto your skin. This is also effective for itchy rashes and poison ivy. Baking soda helps to relieve minor skin irritation and itching by neutralizing toxins and irritants on your skin's surface.
Baking soda is a natural hand cleanser
Mix three parts baking soda with one part of water to make a natural hand cleanser that will scrub away dirt and neutralize odours.
Use baking soda to easily remove splinters
Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a small glass of water, then soak the affected area twice a day. Many splinters will come out on their own after a couple of days using this treatment.
Baking soda gives natural relief for sunburn
Add ½ cup of bicarbonate of soda to lukewarm bathwater, then soak in the tub for natural relief. When you get out, let your skin air dry, rather than towelling off the excess baking soda, for extra relief. You can also add a mixture of baking soda and water to a cool compress and apply it to the sunburn directly.