I had the worst canker sore on my gum right behind my last upper molar. It hurt to even swallow and actually woke me up at 2:00 am in the morning last night. Apparently the Zilactin-B I put on it was not working! I stumbled upon your website and decided to try the only 2 things I could get my hands on at that time of night: salt and baking soda. First I removed all of the Zilactin and rinsed my mouth with warm salt water. Then, I made a paste with baking soda and a few drops of water and placed it on the canker and let it sit for about a mintue. Then I rinsed my mouth with plain warm water. I also took 2 tylenol to help get back to sleep. I still had some pain when trying to get back to sleep, but just woke up completely pain free!! I can swallow without pain and actually enjoyed my breakfast! I can't believe it! I plan to put another "paste" on today just to make sure, but will attest that this remedy really works!
I get canker sores often and they cause me alot of pain when I eat or talk. I heard that baking soda can help. I started using baking soda and it takes the pain out for hours at a time. First I mix it with water to make a paste, and apply it to the sore, hold it on for a straigt minute. (yes, it stings and will bring tears to your eyes) then swish with water and spit it out. I can go to work for 6 hours and have no pain. Rinsing mouth out with a teaspon of baking soda in a glass of water periodically during the day helps too.
Inexpensive and always at hand, baking soda is an excellent alternative to a number of commercial cleaning and maintenance products. Conventional cleaners, drain cleaners, disinfectants, and deodorizers are full of chemicals harmful to the environment and dangerous to our own health, including concerns about childhood development, asthma at all ages, and increased risks for cancer.
Option 1: All-Purpose Cleaner
A quart of water
Four teaspoons of baking soda
Mix and keep in a spray bottle.
It's a disinfectant for counters, a grease-cutter anywhere, good for windows, great for floors, and as clean and fresh as the new day.
Option 2: Drain Maintainer
Mix a cup of baking soda with a cup of vinegar, pour it down your kitchen sink each week, and it will keep your pipes free of clogs.
Option 3: Tape Remover
The glue left behind when you peel old tape off from a clean surface can be an awful headache, but a thick paste of baking soda and water, rubbed onto those bits of tape stuck to windows and solid walls, can loosen the glue and make it easy to wipe off.
Option 4: Rug Spot-Cleaner
Simply sprinkle baking soda on grease spots and let that sit for about an hour. Then gently scrub the spot with a damp sponge or brush and vacuum everything up.
You can also use baking soda as an overall carpet cleaner and deodorizer by mixing up:
1/2-cup of cornstarch
1/2-cup of baking soda
Sprinkle this over your carpets and let it sit overnight, then vacuum it up the next morning.
Option 5: Shower Door Cleaner
A bit of baking soda on a damp sponge is great for wiping down glass shower doors. Just rinse with warm water.
You can also mix:
1 cup of baking soda
1/2-cup of vinegar
Use the resulting paste to clean your tub and the shower door, cutting down on mold, mildew and soap scum.
Option 6: Jewelry Cleaner
Use a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide paste to cleanse the dirt from even your most delicate jewelry with little effort and great results.
You can also soak your jewelry overnight in a mixture of vinegar and water.
05/22/2009: Tim from LA, CA writes: "After reading this previous post on vingar and baking soda cleaner I made my own all purpose cleaner with Baking soda, Vinegar, Hydro peroxide and water. After cleaning my kitchen sink with it I noticed that my coffee mug was very stained and I thought that I spay it with my new cleaner and let it sit before washing it. Well, I forgot the mug and the next morning drank my coffee from this mug without washing it first. After my morning coffee I remembered what I did night before. It must have had some of the cleaning liquid still in it- but no problem. I am probably healthier for drinking the cleaning liquid with my coffee :-). I would not recommend doing this with a normal store bought cleaning agent.
02/25/2009: Melissa from Haverill, MA writes: "Nothing NOTHING!! makes me nuttier then those nasty spray air fresheners. I mean how much more toxic can you get? You know those things are all nasty chemicals to cover up your garbage or sneakers or whatever it is that smells bad. I'd take the bad smell any day rather than make my home toxic with that stuff. Baking soda?!?! Cmon! How did we forget this stuff? Dust it any place there's a bad smell. Vacuum it up from the carpet or your furniture. Leave it in the bottom of your garbage can. Sprinkle some in your hamper to take all that stink away and then let the washer wash it out. Honestly its so much better than the awful perfumes they put in those spray cans that smell like death in can to me!
08/08/2009: debra from LA, CA writes: "I had spots on my light beige carpet that after cleaning would reappear- thanks earthclinic for the tip, first I vacuumed WELL! then I sprinkled the salt, everywhere! then I spot cleaned using borax paste, sprayed vinegar, scrubed the spot with brush, blotted dry, let dry, Let sit over night, then vacuum well, TEST AREA 1st!!! did not work on dark blue carpet
I have been using baking soda to clean my teeth for several months. I like it better than any other natural solution I have found so far. I dip my toothbrush into the baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and add a drop of peppermint essential oil. I brush gently with a soft bristled brush. My mouth feels very clean when I am finished.
I seem to have read in places that baking soda may be hard on the teeth. I asked my dentist his opinion of baking soda instead of toothpaste. He said that it is what people used to use and that he thinks it is a good thing to do. He said that he does not think it is too abrasive for the teeth. He also said that since cavities form in an acid environment and that the baking soda will create a more alkaline environment, that baking soda should be helpful in avoiding cavities.
My mother used baking soda and peroxide for years as her only "toothpaste" at the recommendation of her periodontist! Mom had problems with her teeth for years and worked hard to keep them. (She was in a car accident when she was 6 that seemed to affect her teeth her whole life.)
Perhaps some will find baking soda to not work well for them. I am not suggesting this is the best thing for everyone. It has just worked well for me and I thought my dentist's opinion made sense.
This is a pretty neat dentist, by the way. He is not a natural or biological dentist. He is in a very small town often serving the poor. By what he charges he is obviously not in this for the money. Though my children have had well water since we started going to him, he never suggests flouride for them. He seems to just want to help people keep their teeth healthy. He has really been a blessing to our family when we have needed dental help or advice.
~Mama to Many~
Colds and Flu
After having lot of colds and flus this year I started taking a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water every time I get sick now and it cures me in 2 days....
Baking Soda inhalation for dry cough
This is the most quick relief remedy for dry cough.
Boil a cup of water then take it on the side and keep your face far and add a teaspoon of baking soda, cover your head with a towel and place it over the B.s and water and open largly your mouth and inhale as long as you can. Directly you will cough out phlegms.
Cyanide Poisoning Antidote
Baking soda is the antidote for Cyanide poisoning.
No cure for my cysts all of them, with different names in different places. Well, one day my white shirt had blood under the arm from the cyst, must have busted while at work, lucky to have my required black jacket and I took baking soda and vinegar and water, it bubbled and then I put the part of the shirt in it and wet it, took it out, and started rubbing vigorously a couple of times. But I then just used the baking soda and water and it worked better, I made another concoction and with a paper towel wet it and put it under my arm pits, it burned the one cyst that didn't burst and relived the one that did. Strange. Just when you thought vinegar was the ultimate cure, so is baking soda. For upset stomach, mix with water and you'll will burp like when you were in high school trying to win a contest. My cat even looked at me with surprise and I turned red. Stomachache gone.
I used baking soda as deodorant and had a scary looking purple rash, no itching or pain, I had breast cancer so you can imagine how I felt when I saw this, stopped using it and after a few days I was back to normal.
I have had lots of problems with acididty and after research and a blood test discovered it was probably very much related to being gluten sensitive. I did not find that limes helped me a bit to be alkaline and even wheatgrass only helped somewhat. Baking soda has helped a lot... But I started having terrible cravings for milk products, even though I drank lots of milk. Guess what? Baking soda increases the need for calcium, it turns out. Whatever you use BS for, please be sure you get plenty of calcium!
(Whangarei, New Zealand)
There is a widely spread mis-conception that Milk provides calcium to our bodies. This is pure marketing hype since the 40ties. The slogan "milk is good for your bones" is purely deisnged to sell more milk.
But isn't interesting that today there are more people with osteoporosis than there have ever been?
Often we crave what is bad for us. It's typical for an addiction-like situation. Most humans (about 77%) are lactose intolerant for a reason. Milk (especially cow's milk) is made for cow babies, not for human babies.
But the milk industry needs to sell more of this stuff because they produce incredible amounts of it... so they put it into everything.
When I went diary-free I discovered how milk solids or other things like whey are added to so many products these days it makes everyone sick - slowly!
Same goes with excess animal protein intake (meat) especially preserved ones.
People, it's time to question those false beliefs.
I realize this now and in the US both milk and meat are both subsidized by the government and to keep up the demands of a growing population the animals are kept are kept in what financial forecaster Gerald Celente has called on his youtube videos 'Auschwitz conditions' People sure are getting sicker and a select few millionaires, billionaires, trillionaires are certainly getting richer on pharmaceutical and pharming stocks of this growing sick culture. Since when is it normal for so many people at so young to be on som many meds? or for kids so youngs to already have so many diagnosis? We're suppsoed to be moving forward with technology not getting sicker and dying younger than our elders. Something's just not adding up here. I was surprised to read online people in sunny Florida have vitamin D deficiencies. They listened to the government subsidized ads that the sun is bad. Now in Missouri the tornado victims have a deadly aggressive fungus 'Zygomycosis' It's spread by breathing spores in or by physical contact. Great!
Hi Mariah, I do believe that milk can be a source of calcium. The calcium in milk may not be as absorbable due to the lack of magnesium. Even cows sometimes suffer from lack of magnesium to the point of death unless the farmer gives them an emergency treatment of magnesium.
Note: There is a huge difference between processed milk and RAW milk from a healthy cow. I have noticed that older folk who only have raw milk rarely have osteoporosis (I know of people in this bracket, older dairy farmers). Many of the women who have had bone density scans done have been told that they have the bones of a 30 - 50 yr old, these ladies are generally in their 60's. (This may change with the next generation or two due to the changes in farming practices. ) I have also noticed that when some of these same people stop their farming they develop allergies mild or severe including lactose intolerance. These people had no problems with raw milk in their diets but when they switched to processed milk that all changed.
Your so right about the additives, some (dare I say most) even add an ingredient that makes the milk thicker and it does not show up on the ingredients label. My friends mother-in-law has not been able to drink milk since she developed allergies 6 months after they stopped milking. That was about 10 years ago. Two weeks ago she started to have a milk that does not have this thickener added and guess what - no allergies to it. She is so happy to have milk in her tea again.
I wonder if silica is more important for our bones?
Milk is ninety percent water, there are studies on milk beating out water and Gatorade in athletes after three hour competitions, ( ergolog.com ) I myself was donating plasma for two years and could not afford to eat food before I donated plasma which would cause me to test LOW on protien levels ( this happened five times) every time this happened I'd scramble up some change and drink a milk, and go get screened again and my protien would go up, there are studies ( independent studies) showing milk to hydrate the body.
I have a very slow digestion, is it a good idea to take the bicarbonate of soda in water after the meals?
(Fort Worth, Texas)
can you overdose on baking soda? i found this link
how much is too much?
I tried the lemon and baking soda solution earlier and im sure my tongue has less white on it.
I feel more energetic now too not sure if its the solution or my workout in the gym?
im cautious tho after reading the other article