4. Marble Surfaces

Marble Countertop

Marble makes a beautiful and elegant addition to your kitchen. However, the shiny outer layer of marble countertops and other marble surfaces can wear away with frequent use of baking soda as a cleaner. Reserve baking soda paste for treating oil-based stains on these surfaces rather than using it as a daily cleaner. For daily cleaning, use warm water to cleanse marble surfaces and dry well with a soft towel. Acidic or abrasive cleaners can dull marble surfaces and cause etching in the stone.

3. Wooden Floors or Furniture

Wooden Floor

The mild abrasives of baking soda can damage the sealants on wooden floors or furniture. To retain the shiny surface of your floor and protect the wood from damage, avoid the use of baking soda. Harris Wood Floors advises customers to shun the use of homemade or do-it-yourself cleaning agents on hardwood floors. This company recommends sweeping your hardwood floors regularly and then cleaning with a professional no-wax hardwood floor cleaning product. Wet mopping with plain water can be damaging to the surface of hardwood floors as well. Use a mop with a microfiber pad that can be tossed into the washing machine after use.

2. Your Hair

Hair Loss

Baking soda is an alkaline substance with a pH of around 9. Research shows that your scalp, with a pH of around 3.67, can be damaged by shampoos with a pH above 5.5. Therefore, baking soda is not the cleanser of choice when it comes to washing your hair. Additionally, the abrasive nature of baking soda can damage delicate hair strands and be irritating to your scalp. Baking soda is also drying to the hair and hair follicles, and can strip your hair of its natural oils. This leads to hair that is dull, dry, and lifeless. To have clean, shiny, healthy-looking hair, look for products that are specific to your type of hair. There are products for oily hair, dry hair, and combination hair.

1. Your Skin

Collagen Skin

Baking soda can also be harsh on your skin. The alkaline nature of baking soda is not the best cleansing option for skin, which is slightly acidic. In addition to upsetting the pH balance of your skin, baking soda can be too abrasive, resulting in dryness and irritation. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends washing your skin with lukewarm, not hot, water and a gentle non-abrasive cleanser. Additionally, the AAD suggests using only your fingertips to wash your face, as washcloths and sponges can be too irritating. After washing, be sure to pat your skin dry with a soft towel and, if necessary, apply moisturizer.

Related: 11 Smart Ways to Use Baking Soda For Your Home
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