Best Baking Soda Home Cures

All you need to keep yourself—and your food—cleaner than ever? A litle box of baking soda and our readers’ tips for puting this all-purpose powder to work.

For clean produce…
“I use a mixture of baking soda and water to scrub fresh fruit and vegetables.” —Carol Kenworthy

For itch relief…
“Make a paste with water and apply directly to mosquito bites to relieve swelling and itching.” —Rowena Renfrow

For glossy hair…
“Mix with shampoo to get rid of product buildup.” —Suzanne Taravella

For smooth skin...
“I keep a jar of it in the shower to exfoliate every morning.” —Tammie Underwood

Dermatologist’s tip:
When using this natural body scrub, make sure to choose the crystal form of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate). Mix with coarse salt or sugar for extra polishing power.

These tips were reviewed by Rob Danoff, DO, a board-certified family physician at Aria Health in Philadelphia, and Doris Day, MD, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Nyu langone Medical Center. Seek professional medical advice to treat chronic conditions.
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