Baking soda. You use it for cooking and for odor absorption, but did you also know it can be used in homemade beauty treatments? Women’s Health Director Molly Nover-Baker created a list of great baking soda uses for you and your home. Many of them are beauty tips. Take a look at these 10 baking soda beauty tricks you can use today. Be sure to shop for natural baking soda mined from the Earth rather than baking soda made through chemistry.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on dry shampoo. Sprinkle a little baking soda at the roots of your hair, work it, and shake it out. The result is fresh looking hair. And an added benefit of this baking soda beauty trick? Possibly hair growth, too!
Mix about 2 teaspoons of baking soda to your normal amount of shampoo. The baking soda will help the shampoo remove more oil and impurities, helping your hair feel lighter and full of volume.
Baking soda, honey, and water is all you need to fight acne. Follow the recipe above, apply, and leave on for 15 minutes. You will not believe the results after you rinse.
½ teaspoon of baking soda plus one mashed up strawberry equals a natural teeth whitener that is effective and safe.
Your hairbrush gets gummed up with oil and hair product over time. Take a large bowl of warm water and mix in three tablespoons of baking soda. Soak your brush in this and rinse to clean it.
Just add a tablespoon of baking soda to your normal facial cleanser to form a paste. Massage the paste into your skin in circular motions to exfoliate and leave your skin feeling soft. And you can add face masks to your baking soda beauty tricks, too!
Mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of 3% food-grade peroxide, and a little hot water to create a paste-like consistency. Then use an organic cotton swab to apply the mixture to all the nails on one hand, then the other. Leave on for 3-5 minutes. Then wash clean. This should remove nail polish stains or other stains from your fingernails.
Chlorine Removal from Hair
If you love swimming in your local pool, chances are you have severe chlorine build up or discoloration. Mix one part baking soda with one part Dr. Bronner’s soap to create a cleanser that will remove chlorine buildup from your hair. Make sure to follow up with a good organic conditioner. This cleanser will leave your hair super clean and a little dry.
Mix 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda with warm water for a foot soak. You can also add your favorite essential oils (like lavender, lemon, or frankincense). Soak for 20 minutes and follow up with a baking soda paste scrub for rough spots.
Mix baking soda with a tablespoon of grapefruit juice and a few drops of olive oil to create a mask to brighten your skin. Apply this paste to your face (after cleansing) or cellulite areas and rinse off after 10-15 minutes.