Sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda, can be used for hundreds of health, beauty, and household issues. Over the years, people have discovered uses for this fix-all product from laundry stains to auto care, body odor and athlete's foot fungus.It can dissolve into any liquid and it works to neutralize odor, grease, and more. It would be impossible to address all the wonderful things baking soda can do, so we'll start with our list of 4 problems baking soda can solve in your kitchen.
Have you ever sat down for a quiet cup of hot tea, only to have it spoiled by bitterness? In an effort to balance out the taste, you might add milk, sugar or honey to mask the flavor, which may turn your healthy cup of delicious herb tea into a unhealthy cup of some unrecognizable liquid. Next time, sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda into your cup of tea. This is a natural approach to restoring pH balance and eliminating bitterness. In addition to improving the taste of some teas, sodium bicarbonate supports healthy functioning of the nervous, digestive and circulatory systems.
Are you on a budget and sometimes have to opt for less expensive cuts of meat that may be tough? Combine a 1:4 mixture of baking soda and water. Pour over the cut of meat in a bowl and add seasonings to form a marinade. Soak for 15-20 minutes. Do not rinse. Cook and prepare the meat as desired and enjoy a delicious meal.
Have you grown tired of trying to wash residue off fresh produce with ineffective soaps and cleansers that leave traces of harsh chemicals? For an all natural solution, mix 1 part baking soda and 2 parts water in a spray bottle or use as a soak. Use the sprayer for leafy greens and cruciferous veggies. Soaking is a better option for berries and softer, porous vegetables.
Don’t let acid reflux ruin your day. Instead of over-the-counter antacids, try this natural, fast acting smoothie. Makes 2 servings:
2 medium peeled and frozen bananas
1 medium green apple (cored and chopped)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves
3 cups vanilla almond milk