13 Causes to Add Baking Soda to Your Subsequent Bathtub

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Baking soda—aka sodium bicarbonate, if you want to get scientific—is just one of those things that everyone should have because it is incredibly useful. Adding baking soda to a bath makes it a comforting, relaxing, and health-boosting soak with a boatload of benefits. Although it may not have the glitz and glamor (or the price tag) of many other ingredients in the marketplace, baking soda might just top the charts for the most versatile beauty ingredient.

How to take a baking soda bath soak

Don’t get baking soda mixed up with baking powder. While they are similar, baking powder isn’t going to give you the results that you’re looking for. Baking powders usually have weak acids in them, but we need our baking soda to be 100% basic (on the pH scale, obvi), coming from sodium bicarbonate.

The reason baking soda works so well is because it’s alkaline and, when combined with water, makes the water slightly more alkaline, too. You can feel the difference as soon as you add it—the water seems a little more silky without feeling outright slippery on your skin.

Adding baking soda to your bath can reduce skin irritation and itching and also provide detoxifying benefits. Read on to learn when and how to use baking soda in the bath!