We are sure you all have baking soda at home. But do you use it only for baking? Well, this versatile and cheap tool can be used not only to relieve the symptoms of heartburn or to bake pies.

If you choose the list of products that should always be at hand, baking soda would be, perhaps, the first in the list.

Baking soda is a simple substance found in every kitchen in the world that is commonly used to rise dough when baking bread. However, it can also be used for cleaning and improving your appearance and health.

Baking soda can treat numerous health and beauty issues completely naturally and without any side-effects if you know how to use it.

18 Powerful uses of baking soda:

1. Make a Bath Soak

I’ve said it a thousand times. We are what we ABSORB. A baking soda bath can help alkalize and detoxify your skin, and other areas of your body that you don’t pay much attention to. You can mix about 5 tablespoons of baking soda into your full bath tub and enjoy a detoxifying soak.

2. Relieves bad breath

Gargle a bit of water with baking soda to eliminate the bacteria in your mouth and prevent bad breath.

3. Whitens your teeth

Brush your teeth with baking soda every day to whiten your teeth without destroying the enamel coating. Make a paste of baking soda and water and brush your teeth with it regularly, and the results will come soon.

4. Relieves sunburns

In cases of sunburns, there’s no better solution than baking soda. Mix a bit of the powder with some water, then rub the mixture on your skin in order to relieve the irritation and redness.

5. Treats hard skin

Rough skin on your elbows or feet? Rub a bit of baking soda on them to make the skin nice and soft.

6. Relieves stretch marks

Baking soda can reduce the appearance of your stretch marks better than any creams of lotions.

7. A natural deodorant

Did you know that baking soda is a great deodorant? Dab a few drops of water and a bit of baking soda on your underarms in order to relieve the body odor and stay fresh for longer.

8. Improves the volume and look of your hair

Wash your hair with a shampoo and a bit of baking soda to improve your volume and appearance as well.

9. Cures tooth abscesses

If you’re suffering from a tooth abscess, you can apply a bit of baking soda-water paste on – this will stop the pain until you get medical treatment.

10. A natural facial scrub

Mix a bit of baking soda and water and rub it on your face to eliminate acne, blackheads, whiteheads and other skin problems.

11. Relieves acid reflux and heartburn

If you’ve got heartburn after a heavy meal, drink a glass of water with a bit of baking soda to stop it.

12. Relieves insect stings and bites

Rub a paste of water and baking soda on insect bites and stings in order to relieve the swelling and irritation.

13. Removes stains

Rub a bit of baking soda-water paste on the stubborn stains on your clothes before washing them to dissolve the stain and easily get it removed.

14. Polishes your jewelry

To get rid of the smudges and cloudiness of your jewelry, rub it with a bit of baking soda and water. This will make it shinier than ever.

15. Relieves fridge odor

Wanna get rid of the nasty odor coming from your fridge? It’s simple – just put an open bag of baking soda in it!

16. Softens legumes

Baking soda is the perfect beans and peas softener. If the legumes are still hard even after a few hours of boiling, you can use the powder for some help. Add a bit in the pot you’re boiling them in, and they’ll be softer than ever.

17. Vegetable and Fruit Scrubbing

Even though we’ve talked about the benefits of shopping at organic farmers and markets, you still want to clean your fruits and vegetables before eating them. Unless you enjoy soap flavored salads, I wouldn’t recommend soaping your produce. You can scrub each vegetable or fruit with baking soda instead.

18. Clean Baby Clothes

Several detergents contain heavy metals and other toxins. The stain removing and odor fighting agents are often extremely acidic and harmful to human skin, especially toddlers and children. Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with one cup of water and use to scrub out those beet juice stains!