Beneficial Ways of Using Baking Soda to Heal Sunburn

Updated on April 18th, 2020
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A sunburn is nasty and can damage skin for a very long time, in spite of selecting sunscreens that have a higher SPF, we end up getting a sunburn. Repeated sunburns can put you at a high risk of Skin cancer as well. It is advisable to always wear a sunscreen half an hour before stepping out in the Sun, but if you still get a sunburn, you can use baking soda for sunburn (1).

Baking Soda has multiple uses and works well for burnt skin. It helps in reducing the burns and redness caused by the peeling of skin after a sunburn.

Did You Know!

  • Baking soda is used to polish silver. Silver cutlery and jewelry can be challenging to maintain and clean, but Baking Soda helps clean them with ease.
  • You can whiten yellow teeth, with Baking Soda.
  • It can block body odor as well when applied in a paste form under the armpits.
  • Baking soda helps deal with the foul refrigerator smell.
  • Baking soda helps to heal bug bites, insect bites.
  • An effective remedy to treat dandruff is using Baking Soda.

Why Is Baking Soda Effective in Curing Sunburn?

Baking soda is alkaline and can soothe burnt skin. It reduces the itching, inflammation and also works as an antiseptic on the affected area;  it cools it and helps to retain the moisture on the skin.

When you’ve got a sunburn, ensure to avoid exposure to the Sun. Avoid usage of multiple remedies too. As a first-aid, apply ice immediately and try baking soda to treat the sunburn.

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[Also Read: Coconut Oil To Treat Sunburn]

Methods to Try Baking Soda

1. Baking Soda Paste


Clean the affected skin with cold water. Take a bowl and add 2 tsp of baking soda. Add enough water to make it into a paste. Take a cotton ball and apply the paste to the burnt area and let it rest for 15 minutes. Wash your skin and allow it to dry. You can this regularly to heal your skin of the sunburn.

2. Baking Soda Liquid


Take ¼ cup of Baking Soda and mix it with half cup water. Take the solution in a spray bottle. Use this spray on the solution regularly.

3. Baking Soda and Witch Hazel

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Take 4 tsp of baking soda, 1 tbsp of witch hazel, 2 tbsp water, 1 tsp Aloe Vera gel, 1 tsp peppermint oil (optional) and mix everything except peppermint oil and baking soda. Mix baking soda and peppermint oil and add it to the mixture. Transfer in an airtight container and leave it for a day. Readily use it every day as a cream for sunburnt skin.

[Also Read: Home Remedies to Treat Sunburn]

4. Baking Soda and Cucumber

You all know how cucumber is made up of water. This property of cucumber helps to calm down the skin, hydrates it and cools the affected skin(2).


Blend 2 cucumbers to a paste. Mix baking soda with cucumber paste. Apply this paste on burnt skin and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Use regularly for best results.

5. Baking Soda and Rosewater


Take Baking soda and mix it with rosewater in equal proportion. Take a cotton ball and apply where the skin is burnt. Apply it regularly.

6. Baking Soda bath for Sunburn



Add some baking soda to your bathtub. Stir well to mix. Soak yourself in it for twenty minutes. Repeat at least twice daily. You will notice the sunburn on your skin will start to heal. You can also use Baking Soda, Oatmeal, and Buttermilk for a Baking soda bath.

Mix all these in your bathtub with lukewarm water. Soak for half an hour and dry. Repeat every day.


  • Always mix Baking Soda with cold water.
  • A baking soda mixture for sunburn should always be allowed to dry.
  • You can add supplements like Vitamin E, coconut oil, rose water with Baking soda.
  • If the sunburn doesn’t heal or worsens, please consult a doctor without any further delay.

There are a lot of home remedies to treat sunburn. For instant relief, you can try baking soda. However, undertake the precautions while using baking soda. It is advised that you wear loose-fitting and fully covered clothes when you are exposed to the Sun for a long time, and in case of a sunburn, do not step out in the Sun. Although not a life-threatening condition, it can make you pretty uncomfortable with the skin peeling off, burning and redness that makes your skin very sensitive.


1. How Does Baking Soda for Sunburn Treat It?

It forms a layer on your skin that helps treat the inflammation.   Its alkaline properties make it very useful to treat a sunburn. To get the best results, you must use it daily.

2. How Do I Apply Baking Soda for Sunburn Every Day?

An easy DIY method is to mix rosewater, cucumber or coconut oil to baking soda. All of these are readily available and carry beneficial properties that help treat burnt skin effectively.

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