April 26, 2020

Baking Soda: The Hero in Plain Sight?


Baking Soda, a staple of most households for decades, is a product with a multitude of uses. Many of us remember the time when baking soda was placed in refrigerators to absorb odors. People still use it for this purpose. It was also, in many households, used for brushing teeth. It was a supplement to toothpaste. 



Recently, Todd Thommes, a tech worker with a streamlined care routine who used to live and surf in Southern California, explained that he used baking soda for two specific reasons. He explained that as he’s aging he’s started getting indigestion and heartburn. He tried using Pepto Bismo but admitted to not liking the taste or its effectiveness. He thought it was a subpar product and didn’t suit his needs. His father told him to try Baking Soda. “I was really reluctant to try it,” Mr. Thommes said. “I mean it seemed weird. However, Baking Soda was always in my house growing up so it wasn’t exactly a new product for me. I know my mother used it a lot and a trip to the grocery meant picking up a box of Baking Soda.” Mr. Thommes admitted to having a box in his refrigerator. He was asked if he did use it for indigestion or heartburn. “Oh yeah,” he said. “I mix about a tablespoon in a glass of water and drink it. It’s not exactly tasty, but I down the glass pretty fast. Surprisingly, it does help with indigestion and heartburn. It was more effective than any other brands I’ve used. Certainly, more effective than the pink glop I used to drink. I said it wasn’t tasty but it tastes better than other products out there.” When asked how frequently he uses it he said, “Once or twice a week. It’s not a daily habit. I’m glad my father shared his secret.”


Mr. Thommes was asked if he ever used Baking Soda for anything else in the past. He frowned and then lit up. “Wait, I remember going to Laguna Beach to go surfing. My mother went on that day. I was surfing with my brother and at one point I got stung by a jellyfish. It really hurt and I panicked. I limped to shore with my surfing board dragging behind me. I told my mother what happened and she whipped out a box of Baking Soda from her overflowing beach bag. She spread the powder on the mark and it soothed my leg. She said it draws out the venom. Baking Soda helped that day. I, of course, being a teenager concerned with being cool didn’t bring any on other surfing days. Besides, I’m hardly a commercial for the product. I’ve noticed that Baking Soda has some weird uses. It’s more than a box sitting in your refrigerator collecting odors.”



Baking Soda is a staple in homes but many are not aware of its multitude of uses. Next time you’re in the grocery store, buy a box, and discover its uses. You just might find it indispensable. If an aging surfer finds it useful, so might you. 

Pictures Courtesy of Ebsco Host (2020).

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