Baking soda is a pantry item. It’s not usually found in the nursery along with the diaper rash creams, wet wipes, tear-free shampoos and various other baby products. However, we’re here to tell you why you should consider moving that box of baking soda from the kitchen to the diaper changing table.
You might already be familiar with some of baking soda’s uses. Obviously it’s used in baking and it’s also known for its cleaning capabilities. It can remove stains from clothes, carpets, and other fabrics. A scrub of a baking soda and water mixture to the floors will leave it with a shiny finish. Hot vinegar and baking soda unclogs drain. It’s also useful for fighting dandruff, heartburn and garden weeds. The list goes on and on.
Today, we’re going to narrow down its uses to only one area of concern: your baby. Here are the 4 ways baking soda can help you save on baby products.
1. Diaper rash cream If petroleum jelly is useful for preventing diaper rash, baking soda is effective at treating it. A good soaking in warm bath water mixed with baking soda will do wonders on your baby’s raw and painful bum. The baking soda helps to neutralize the acid in poop and pee, soothing your baby’s rash, according to pediatrician, William Sears, M.D. 2 Tbps of the powder should do the trick.
2. Bug bite ointment Mosquitoes and mosquito bites can be annoying and frustrating especially in a tropical country like the Philippines. Don’t have a bottle of Caladryl around? Relieve your child from an itchy insect bite with a baking soda paste. Mix baking soda with water to make a paste and rub it on your child’s insect bite. You can also try directly rubbing the powder unto the skin, but making a paste helps the powder spread better (and it’s less messy too).
3. Deodorizing dishwashing liquid If you like to soak your baby’s bottles in dishwashing liquid but find that it’s not very effective in removing that funky milk smell, then here’s something you should try. Add a good amount of baking soda to warm water. Soak your baby’s bottles and nipples in overnight. In the morning, you’ll find odor-free baby bottles and nipples. Wash everything with soap before using.
4. Laundry detergent Like with baby bottles, baking soda is also good at deodorizing clothes including your baby’s cloth diapers. Adding baking soda to your laundry load will eliminate any smelly odors from clothes. Not only that, the baking soda will also be able to remove any stains either from baby spit, food, milk or poop. Here’s another quick tip: a sprinkling of baking soda in your diaper bin will help keep the stink down.
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