The last few years I have tried to find natural and inexpensive ways to
accomplish everything from scrubbing my floors to shampooing my hair.
Baking soda is just one of those things pantry staples that you'll
find, if you do a little research, can perform just about any task and
do it well. I compiled a list of all the different ways I use baking
soda in my beauty routine.
Facial Scrub - Apply as a facial scrub in the morning or at night and
follow with a good facial lotion if you have dry skin. Baking soda is a
great exfoliator, and if you have any skin condition like acne
breakouts or excema, you can even use a mix of baking soda and water as
a nighttime mask. It depends upon the severity and type of skin
condition, and it may be too harsh for daily use if you have sensitive
skin, but I use it occasionally as a scrub in the mornings.
Teeth Whitener - A paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda will
brighten teeth and will slightly whiten them. This paste is also a good
germ killer for your mouth. I recommend using this method of whitening
no more than once a week as baking soda is an abrasive cleaner and can
lead to tooth sensitivity if used too often. Oh, and baking soda should
never be used on braces.
Deodorant - I have personally used this on a couple of occasions when I
ran out of deodorant and didn't have time to run to the store. Either
that, or hubby's deodorant will do the trick for a day too. If you are
looking for a natural deodorant and antiperspirant, simply mix four
teaspoons of baking soda with eight fluid ounces of rubbing alcohol and
you have a long lasting, completely chemical free deodorant that will
help your underarms stay dry.
Bath Oil - Here's a recipe I use every once in a while for a nice bath soak.
8 oz honey 16 fl oz milk 16 tbsp salt 4 tbsp baking soda 4 oz baby oil
Mix everything together except the baby oil and pour into the tub. Then add the baby oil and mix well into the bath water.
Hair Cleanser - Mixing a small amount of baking soda with your shampoo will remove build up from styling products in your hair.
Dry, Itchy Skin - Use this recipe as a bath additive to soothe dry skin. I use this every once in a while in the winter time.
1 cup oatmeal 1 cup warm water 1 tbls vanilla extract 1/2 cup baking soda.
Blend in a food processor until you have a paste and pour it into running bath water.
Sunburn Relief - Not that you should be getting sun burns, but applying a paste of baking soda and water will cool the affected area.
Clean and Freshen Combs and Brushes - One liter of water with four
tablespoons of baking soda will clean combs and even tooth brushes.