If you ever bake from scratch, you probably have a box of baking soda tucked in one of your cabinets, awaiting the impulse to bake a batch of cookies. In fact, you probably know at least one more great use for baking soda, right? Certainly you have at least one more orange box lurking in the back of your refrigerator, absorbing stray food odors so that your loaf of bread doesn’t end up smelling like the fish filets you’re defrosting. Perhaps you even know a few household cleaning uses for baking powder, but could there be more? Could baking soda be useful in your beauty cabinet as well? Here are a few ideas to broaden your sodium bicarbonate horizons!
- As a clarifier
A hefty sprinkle of baking soda mixed with your favorite shampoo can boost cleansing properties and help remove styling product build-up, making hair cleaner and fuller.
- In a relaxing bath
Adding 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath can soften and smooth skin, helping to wash away oils and soothe minor sunburns or skin irritations. This bath treatment has no harsh chemicals or fragrances to irritate delicate skin. Ahhh!
- To whiten teeth
Want a simple alternative to those expensive whitening treatments? Try a simple mix of water, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda (1:1:1 ratio) – brush for one minute and rinse thoroughly (careful not to swallow!) Used once or twice a week this simple treatment can help whiten teeth, keeping stains from wine, coffee and other offenders at bay and giving you something to smile about!
- As a dry shampoo
This one can be a lifesaver! For those days when you just can’t squeeze in a shampoo, a sprinkle of baking soda can serve as a dry shampoo. Just sprinkle a small amount onto scalp and roots. Then comb through and fluff. This easy beauty fix will not only absorb excess oils, but odors too!
- Mani/Pedi Exfoliant
We know how important exfoliating is to keep your skin looking bright and youthful, and Christie’s Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish is amazing for your face. But what about your hands and feet? Baking soda makes a great exfoliant! Just mix with a small amount of water and rub into hands, feet and heels to reveal softer, glowing skin underneath!