12 Health Benefits of Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of those household items that has traditionally been considered to be a necessity. After all, it can be used for baking, cleaning and also to absorb horrid odors. Essentially just 100 percent sodium bicarbonate (which is why it’s also called "bicarb”), it gives off carbon dioxide gas when mixed with acid, which is what causes bread dough to rise. The pH of baking soda helps to get rid of odors, and because it’s non-toxic it makes a great cleaning agent as well. But it’s only since the 1930s that baking soda has been considered to be a proven medical agent. Did you realize baking soda was such a useful agent?

#12 Drain Cleaner

Blocked Drains. Photo: redlandplumbing.co.uk

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If you let drains deteriorate to the point at which they simply don’t drain, you’ve got a problem and will probably have to call in a professional plumber. But if you keep your drains clean 24:7 it’s possible that this will never happen. Often people avoid cleaning drains because the only way they know how is with strong, potentially dangerous products. A good, safe and effective method is to sprinkle baking soda down the drain, then add apple cider vinegar, let it bubble for a good 15 minutes, then flush with hot water.

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