Baking soda is one of those ingredients that just NEVER goes out of style because it's just SO versatile! Everything from cooking, to cleaning, beauty, and anything else in between – baking soda can do it! These 10 baking soda uses will improve your skin, hair, and nails, without breaking the bank!
10 Baking Soda Uses:
Recent studies have shown that commercial deodorants are laden with cancer-causing chemicals that can seep into our pores and actually make us sick! So why keep using something so harmful when baking soda can do the job without the harm? Simply sprinkle baking soda onto freshly washed armpits. It will soak up any moisture as well as any smells (think about the way it works in your fridge, after all!).
#2. Body Scrub
Baking soda is one of the best ingredients you can use for a body scrub because of its small, exfoliating granules, not to mention it's a natural cleanser and skin brightener! Try this DIY baking soda scrub for flawless skin:
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 7 drops tea tree oil
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
Mix all ingredients to form a paste and rub onto wet skin while in the shower in slow, circular motions. Rinse off and repeat 2-3 times a week for softer, brighter skin!
#3. Clarifying Shampoo
Neutrogena's clarifying shampoo IS good, but there really is NO need to spend money on that when baking soda can do the same job! Simply mix a quarter-sized amount of baking soda with your normal shampoo and massage into scalp as you normally would. Do this once or twice a week to remove product build up, deeply cleanse, and brighten hair color. You can also try this DIY oily scalp shampoo which uses baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and water – perfect for those with oily scalp and hair!
#4. Nail Whitener & Scrub
Because baking soda is a natural whitening agent, it can cleanse yellowing nails and restore them to their natural color! Simply dip a wet toothbrush into some baking soda and scrub over and underneath nails. Read more about how to remove yellow nails stains and how baking soda can help you do that!
#5. Bath Soak
After a long, hard day, there's nothing more relaxing than soaking in a bath! Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda into your bath to neutralize acids on the skin and and help wash away oils and perspiration. When combined with warm water, baking soda can soften and soothe skin, especially if it's irritated!
#6. Soften Calluses
To soften calluses, add 1 tbsp baking soda to a warm foot soak along with a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Soak your feet for 20-30 minutes, and then scrub the calluses away using 3 parts baking soda, 1 part water, and 1 part brown sugar. Rinse off, pat dry, and follow up with a homemade foot salve!
#7. Acne Spot Treatment
Baking soda is a super powerful anti-acne mask, and works perfectly as a spot treatment! Simply mix a little bit of baking soda with water to make a paste. Apply directly onto the blemish and leave on for 20 minutes or even over night. The size of the blemish should diminish, as well as any redness!
#8. Teeth Whitener
Because baking soda is a natural whitener, it makes for an excellent toothpaste! So if you want to know how to whiten teeth naturally at home, mix a dash of toothpaste, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp hydrogen peroxide, and 1/2 tsp water. Brush your teeth with this mixture 2-3 times a week for 2 minutes and watch your teeth whiten within just 1 week! You can also dip your toothbrush directly into baking soda for a quick clean and whiten!
#9. Face Wash
Baking soda can also be used as a face wash because it exfoliates skin, brightens, and removes any dirt or buildup. Mix 1 tbsp raw honey with 1 tsp baking soda. Massage into skin in slow, circular motions. The honey will calm any redness, while baking soda will exfoliate!
#10. Anti-Acne & Oil Face Mask
If you suffer from acne and/or oily skin, baking soda could be your new best friend! This blemish fighting face mask is made with
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