We almost always have baking soda in our kitchen cabinet for baking and to put in our refrigerator to absorb odors. Baking soda is useful for many purposes in the kitchen, including being effective as a cleaning agent. But, did you know it can also be used as a beauty product? Some of these uses can save you a lot of money. Beauty products can be so expensive…baking soda is not!
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1. Make a DIY Exfoliator
Mix three parts baking soda to one part warm water in a small dish. Rub mixture on your face in small circular motions. Be careful not to get it in your eyes. Just avoid the eye area altogether. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry! The result is nice fresh feeling soft skin.
2. Prep Your Nails For a Manicure or Pedicure
Use the same solution as for exfoliator for your hands and fingers. Rinse and pat dry. Then, using an old toothbrush, dip in dry baking soda and scrub your nails and cuticle area to remove unwanted imperfections. Do the same to your toes for a pedicure! It will make your nails smooth and ready to be polished with your favorite nail color.
3. Soothe Sensitive Sunburned Skin
Add one tablespoon of baking soda to one cup of warm water. This creates a nice soothing solution. Apply to sunburned skin to relieve discomfort. Or just add to a tepid bath and soak. Also, you can apply to legs after shaving to alleviate any razor burn irritation.
4. Remove Build Up From Hair Products
It is a good idea to occasionally use a product that thoroughly removes excess hair products that can build up in your hair. This gives your hair a fresh start, sort of speak. Simply sprinkle some baking soda into your favorite shampoo and wash your hair as you normally would. The result will be cleaner, more manageable hair!
5. Clean Your Styling Tools
Just like your hair, brushes and combs get built up with excess hair products (and hair oils) leaving them dirty with built up hair gunk. Yuck. Who wants that? To get them clean without a lot of effort, just add a teaspoon or two of baking soda in a bowl of warm water and let soak until clean. Rinse and dry.
6. Out of Deodorant? Use Baking Soda
You can use baking soda as a deodorant in a pinch. Just dust dry baking soda under your arms to absorb odors. It will leave you feeling fresh until you can properly wash and use regular deodorant.
7. Whiten Teeth
I must admit, my mother used to make us use baking soda to brush our teeth if we ran out of toothpaste. I hated it. But it does work. Baking soda is an ingredient found in many natural toothpastes on the market today. However, baking soda does not have fluoride which helps fight cavities. So just use it occasionally when you need to whiten up those pearly whites a bit.
8. Freshen Up Oily Hair
No time to wash your hair? Just apply some baking soda to the roots of your hair and brush out. Only do this in a pinch until you can wash your hair properly!
9. Acne Treatment
Don’t want to buy expensive acne treatments? Try this. Mix equal parts baking soda and honey. Apply to skin, let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.
10. Remove Chlorine From Hair
If you spend a lot of time swimming, you more than likely have chlorine build up and/or discoloration in your hair. Get rid of this by mixing dish soap and baking soda and washing your hair with this mixture. Be sure to use a good conditioner afterwards as this combination leaves your hair ultra clean!