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The benefits of baking soda

Posted Oct 27 2010 8:56am

by kiwilog

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Have you ever thought about incorporating baking soda into your everyday routine? I didn’t, until I attended an event at the Tribeca Day Spa, which featured Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. I knew baking soda was typically used for cooking and household purposes, but didn’t realize how versatile this simple (and affordable!) product could be. Here are a few ways to incorporate baking soda into your beauty and home cleaning routines.

Beauty
You can mix baking soda and water together to make a paste, which results in a great facial scrub and body exfoliator. Try it before your next at-home manicure and pedicure to leave hands and feet smooth and soft. Blend 2 tablespoons of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda in a basin of warm water. After soaking your feet, make a scrub using 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Follow the application with a moisturizer and a warm towel hand/foot wrap. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.

You can also sprinkle a quarter-sized amount of the powdery stuff in your shampoo to serve as a clarifier, which will remove excess residue and build-up that regular shampoos can’t always get rid of. Your hair will feel renewed and refreshed.

Cleaning
In addition to these great beauty treatments and tips, I learned how resourceful baking soda can be for everyday cleaning purposesespecially if you have young children. Instead of buying expensive products, you can use baking soda and water to clean and deodorize laundry, toys, and rooms where your child plays and eats. To clean out your baby bottles, soak them in water over night with a few tablespoons of baking soda. You can also use the same mixture to easily remove crayon marks on wall, wash your child’s crib, or clean her playpen.

-Amanda, KIWI Intern

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