Homemade Antacid With Baking Soda

Take 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in 1/2 glass of water to relieve acid indigestion or heartburn. Read antacid use information on the baking soda package before using.

Warning: People who must restrict salt intake should not use baking soda as an antacid. Do not take for nausea, stomachache, gas, cramps, or distention from overeating.

Baking Soda for Mouth and Face Care

Toothpaste: Mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part salt. Add 3 teaspoons of glycerin. Add 10 to 20 drops of flavoring (peppermint, wintergreen, anise, or cinnamon) and enough water to make a paste. Spoon into a small, refillable squeeze bottle.

Sprinkle baking soda into your palm, dip a damp toothbrush into it, and brush your teeth.

Refreshing mouthwash: To freshen breath, use 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1/2 glass of water, swish the solution through your teeth, and rinse.

Dentures and other dental appliances: Soak dentures in a solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in warm water.

  • Use baking soda to soak athletic mouthguards, retainers, or other oral appliances.
  • Scrub dentures, mouthguards, and retainers with a toothbrush dipped in baking soda.
  • Soak toothbrushes in a baking-soda solution overnight.

Facial Care

Baking soda can also do wonders for your face.

Exfoliating: Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, and use as a gentle, exfoliating facial scrub after washing with soap and water. Rinse your face clean.

Mix baking soda with oatmeal in your blender; it makes a great facial scrub.

Shaving: Men with sensitive skin may find that a solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda in 1 cup water makes a great preshave treatment or a soothing aftershave rinse.

For instant relief of razor burn, dab on a baking-soda solution.

As you've seen, baking soda is a valuable asset in your health and beauty routine. Keep some in your medicine cabinet.