Sometimes the best (and safest) beauty products are every day items that are already in our cabinet. Baking soda is one of those ingredients that can be used for so many different self care needs. Here are 7 that you may not have known about:
1. Face Scrub
If you have sensitive skin and cannot use traditional scrubs, or you just want a more natural, gentler and less expensive option, you can make a great scrub combining 3 parts baking soda with 1 part water. Make it into a paste and rub on your face to remove dead skin cells, without having to worry about any irritation or scratching.
2. Clarifying Shampoo
If you use a lot of products in your hair regularly, or just have hair that tends to get oily pretty quickly, you can add a teaspoon of baking soda to your regular shampoo to help clarify the hair and remove extra products or oils. Do this about once per week to keep your hair squeaky clean and soft.
3. Natural Deodorant
You may have heard a lot of the recent buzz about how store bought deodorants can be harmful to your health. If you want to play it safe and go for a more natural option, simply combine 1/8th teaspoon of baking soda with a few drops of water (without dissolving it), and rub it under your arms.
4. After Sun Lotion
Sunburns can be very uncomfortable, and even products you buy in the store can offer little relief. Baking soda is great for reducing the heat and pain you feel after getting burned, and it also helps to renew the skin as it heals. Soak a cloth in a mixture of 2 teaspoons of baking soda with one liter of water, and then apply to the necessary areas. Repeat with a new cloth once it because warm and dry.
5. Dry Shampoo
You may have tried the old trick of using baby powder in your hair as a dry shampoo before, and you can do the same with baking soda. Simply sprinkle some on your roots to absorb extra oils and refresh your locks. Be careful with how much you use, especially if you have darker hair, because it can turn your hair white. You can try applying more on the sections that are not directly on your part so that it is not visible. Once you apply, wait a few min for the baking soda to set and then rub it in with your fingers so that it penetrates deeper to absorb more. Finally comb through your hair to distribute it evenly.
6. Whitening Toothpaste
Many toothpastes talk about using baking soda, so it is probably not a surprise to you that it is on this list. You can make a great whitening toothpaste at home by mixing baking soda with 3% hydrogen peroxide and creating a thick paste. Be careful not to use this too often, because as with other whitening products, overuse can damage the enamel on your teeth.
7. Exfoliating Body Wash
Baking soda can be used on your body as a gentle exfoliant, just like it can on your face. The easiest way to use it for a body wash is to take an empty bottle of body wash and fill it halfway with baking soda, and the rest of the way with water. You can enhance this by adding 25 drops of your favorite essential oil.