Baking soda has been a must-have ingredient in the kitchen for generations. From its leavening cooking properties to removing stains on clothes to deodorizing the fridge, baking soda is a multi-tasking domestic wonder, but it’s also one of the most useful ingredients in the realm of DIY beauty.
Read on for eight of the best ways to use this at-home beautifying essential.
1. Hair Clarifier
Product buildup can make hair look dull and limp, and can even decrease the effectiveness of the products. Add a small amount of baking soda to your shampoo to deeply cleanse and strip away any left-behind styling product.
Baking soda can be used to make an all-natural deodorant. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a little water to make a paste, then apply it under the arms to prevent body odor and sweat marks.
Baking soda’s fine granules mean it makes a great face scrub, getting rid of dead skin cells without the use of any nasty chemicals. Mix a small amount in your palm with a little water and apply, focusing on problem areas such as the nose and chin.
4. Dry Shampoo
If your hair is looking a little greasy, but you don’t have time to wash it, sprinkle a little baking soda at the roots, leave on for two minutes, and then brush through thoroughly. The granules will absorb any excess oil, leaving you with fresh, fluffy hair.
5. Cuticle Cure
If your cuticles are dry and haggard, create a paste using baking soda and warm water, then rub over nails and fingertips. It will exfoliate the dry cuticles and soften the skin.
6. Teeth Whitener
Baking soda works wonders on stains. To make a teeth-brightening solution, mix one tablespoon of baking soda with four or five drops of hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Apply it to your teeth using your toothbrush and leave for five minutes. Brush it off with normal toothpaste, then rinse thoroughly with water.
7. Acne Treatment
When treating blemishes, harsh chemicals can sometimes do more harm than good. Try mixing baking soda with a little honey to make a paste, then spread over your entire face. Leave the mixture on for 15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.
8. Soothing Foot Soak
To relieve aching feet, add two tablespoons of baking soda to a bowl of warm water with a few drops of your favorite essential oil – lavender works well. Soak feet for 20 minutes.