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Everyone knows that most household products contain chemicals that can be harmful, not to mention pricey. But, what many people don’t know is that they can actually make many of the every day products they use. Two of the easiest ingredients to work with are Baking soda and lemon juice, both of which are staples in most households.

By themselves, they each can tackle a great number of tasks, but when you combine them you have a super duo that can tackle some of your trickiest problems.

 Whiten Your Teeth at Home

Many commercial teeth whiteners can actually strip the enamel right off of your teeth, which can lead to significant damage. A safer alternative would be to just make your own whitening tooth paste at home.

Take a couple of tablespoons of baking soda and then add lemon juice until the mixture starts to foam and bubble up. Then using cotton swabs, paint the mixture on your teeth, let it set for about one minute, then brush your teeth like you normally would. Make sure you don’t leave this mix on your teeth for more than a minute, because it can eat away at the enamel if left on too long. Use no more than once a week until the desired whiteness is achieved then once every couple of months to maintain the whiteness.

 DIY Deodorant

Most commercial deodorants contain aluminum, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s. Even though more research is needed before it can be called an actual cause, it never hurts to be cautious. So, why not just make your own deodorant.

Just take Baking soda and pat it onto your armpit. Corn starch works too, but not as well). Baking soda naturally absorbs sour-smell-producing acids. After you have dabbed on the baking soda spritz a little lemon juice over the baking soda to help balance your pH levels. You will be fresh smelling and clean all day.

 Tummy Troubles

According to the Mayo Clinic, many people feel that their digestive tract is in need of some additional help.

Drinking the juice of one lemon or more every day provides digestive aid, according to Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman who is the author of “The Fat Flush Diet.”

Another recommendation is to mix 1 teaspoon of baking power and 8 ounces of water and drink every 2 hours to “alkalize your system,” according to Rebecca Wood, author of the award-winning book, “The Splendid Grain.”

But, you should check with your health practitioner to make sure that baking soda, which is also called sodium bicarbonate, is safe for you.

 Sparkling Cleaning Ideas

Separately, lemons and baking soda both are amazing and useful household cleaning products. Many people will leave a box of Baking Soda open in their refrigerator to eliminate odors. A lemon cut in half and dipped into salt is the best way to polish copper. But, when you combine these two products, that bubbly paste you create is a powerhouse of cleaning that will make quick work of everything from greasy appliances to polishing and removing stains from time ravaged baking sheets.
Wipe on, let set a few minutes then wipe off.

Image:Daniella Segura


Alzheimer’s Society: Aluminum and Alzheimer’s Disease

R. Wood: Detox Diet

Mrs. Clean: Removing Deodorant Stains

“The Fat Flush Foods”; Ann Louise Gettleman, MS, CNS,; 2004

Doctor Oz: Naturally White Teeth, Part Two