Look inside your kitchen cupboard and chances are you will find a box of baking soda. Baking soda as we know it comes from the mineral “Natron” which contains sodium bicarbonate, i.e. baking soda. It has been a part of our everyday lives since ancient times as the Egyptians used it as a simple cleanser and soap. Today it is a household staple with hundreds of uses from cooking to home remedies. There are few commercial products that can compare to baking soda effectiveness and versatility. It is also a simple and effective beauty aide that can be used head to toe to keep your skin and hair looking and feeling it’s best. It is a mildly abrasive which makes it a gentle cleanser for your skin, hair and teeth. Baking soda neutralizes acid keeping your bodies natural pH level in check. It is also a powerful deodorizer, which you will see featured in many commercial products from foot powders to deodorants. Here a few simple and easy ways to use this natural beauty ingredient:
Baking Soda Hair Rinse
This simple rinse will get your hair squeaky clean and remove any hair spray or styling gel residue from your hair. If you color your hair many professionals recommend a baking soda rinse, so your hair is super clean and will absorb the color more effectively.
1 Tablespoon baking soda
1 cup distilled water
Mix together the baking soda and water and stir well. After shampooing and as a final rinse pour the solution over your hair and massage into your scalp. Let sit for one minute then rinse out with warm water followed by a cool water rinse.
Yield: 8 ounces, one treatment
Baking Soda Tooth Powders
Tooth powders may sound a bit old fashioned but they are popular today because they are not as abrasive as many commercial toothpastes and do not contain any additives such as sudsing agents (hard soaps and detergents), binders, and artificial flavorings. They are also very inexpensive to make. Try to brush your teeth for at least two full minutes – place an egg timer next to your bathroom sink to keep track of the time.
Classic: Baking soda is the classic basic tooth powder because it is a mild abrasive in cleaning the teeth and gums. Dip a damp toothbrush in a dish of baking soda and massage your teeth and gums.
Baking soda and salt: Mix together equal amounts of baking soda and sea salt to create a gentle cleansing tooth powder. Salt alone can be too abrasive, especially for sensitive teeth and gums but a powerful antibacterial ingredient.
Sage: Sage is a natural tooth whitener. Mixed with baking soda and salt, this powder will keep your whole mouth fresh and clean. Mix together a teaspoon each of dried sage leaves, table salt, and baking soda.
Super Soothing Soak
This is the perfect bath after a day of strenuous physical activity or when you just need to relax. You can feel your whole body releasing tension and your muscles softening as you soak. This bath can be drying to your skin so make sure to moisturize afterwards with a rich body lotion or natural oil.
1 cup baking soda
1 /4 cup sea salt
1 /2 cup Epsom salts
Mix all the ingredients together. Fill your bathtub with warm water. Pour the mixture into the bath slowly, allowing the mixture to dissolve completely. Step into the bath and soak for at least 20 minutes but no more than 40 minutes.
Yield: 12 ounces
Dry Shampoo: Sprinkle some baking soda onto your scalp, massage in and comb out as a simple dry shampoo. This is effective when you can’t shampoo to freshen your hair.
Combs and Brushes: Keep your combs and brushes super clean by soaking them in a solution of hot water and 1 /4 cup baking soda once a month.
Facial Scrub: An effective and gentle facial scrub can be made using baking soda. Simply mix a teaspoon or two in the palm of your hand with water to create a paste and massage into damp skin. Rinse well with warm then cool water.
Sunburn Soother: Soak in a warm bath with a generous amount of baking soda (1 to 2 cups) added. Baking soda can’t reverse the effects of the burn but it can take some of the heat and discomfort out of it.
Deodorant: Baking soda can be sprinkled or patted on as a simple deodorant. It contains no other chemicals so is comfortable to use even right after shaving under your arms.
Powder: Make your own body powder by mixing together equal parts cornstarch and baking soda. You can also sprinkle this mixture inside your shoes to keep your feet cool and dry.
Nail Care: Clean your nails with a bit of baking soda on a small nail brush. This is especially helpful after working in the garden or other messy jobs.
Rough Skin: For classic rough skin spots such as elbows, knees and heels massage a paste of baking soda and lemon juice into your skin then rinse off.
Ok I need to stop haha but as you can see I love using baking soda and it is one of my “must have” at home ingredients. For more ways to use check out the Arm and Hammer website.