Beauty Benefits You didn’t think You’d get from Baking Soda

Being called baking soda doesn’t mean that you can only use it for cooking. Baking soda, or  sodium hydrogen carbonate according to the periodic table, has something more to it. It is weakly alkaline that can neutralize acids and break down proteins making it a great tenderizer and neutralizer. It was probably referred to as commonly used as a baking agent because of its leavening qualities that ‘s practical for baking,  but it’s also a must in your vanity kits.

It aint’ just for baking. (Photo credit: Hoppo Bumpo (Liesl))

Here’ a few beauty tricks with baking soda you have probably never heard of:

1. It’s a great supplement for oral care. You can use it as teeth whitener. Mix baking soda and 3% hydrogen peroxide solution to make an alternative to toothpastes. Or you could simply dip your toothpaste with toothbrush into baking soda for a minty whitening solution. Do this though, twice or thrice a week at the most as baking soda is acidic and  can damage our teeth’s enamel when overdone. For a mouthwash, dilute a teaspoon into half a glass of water, then swish, pit and rinse. Such mixture neutralizes, if not covers up, foul odor derived from pungent food.

2. It’s hair friendly, too. Add a small amount of baking soda  to your shampoo to help remove the residue of styling products like conditioners, sprays and mousse. This will not only leave your hair squeaky clean  but it will be more manageable. When your appears too oily, sprinkle a small amount and comb into hair to absorb the oiliness away. To effectively clean combs and brushes, soak them in warm water with a teaspoon of baking soda.

After a day in the pool or the beach, rinse hair with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in 1 pint water to remove the dullness or discoloration caused by chlorinated pools and to wash away the salt residue in your hair.

3. You can use it as deodorant. It’s neutralizing properties will help you neutralize body odor. Simply pat baking soda onto your underarms everyday to say goodbye to persistent body odor.

4. It can be used as facial cleanser and body exfoliant. Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. You can use this solution as a facial wash, hand exfoliant and body scrub. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin and rid of dead skin. Use in your elbows to smooth away rough skin. This solution is gentle enough for everyday use. The solution not only cleanses but it also softens the skin leaving it supple and smooth at the same time.

5. It’s good for your tired feet, too. Soak your feet in a basin of warm water with 4 tablespoons baking soda for about 10 minutes to relieve foot itch. To smooth rough and hardened calluses and heels, massage with a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water.

6. To neutralize the acidity of your skin, add half a cup of  baking soda to your bath. This will also wash away accumulated oil and perspiration, and at the same time make it supple. Baking soda also has a relaxing effect on the skin and will relieve wintery itchy skin. Or use a wash cloth dipped in a solution of baking soda and water for a relaxing effect.

7. To soften cuticles, moist them with a solution of baking soda diluted in water. You can also clean fingernails and toenails with a nailbrush dipped in baking soda.

So what are you waiting for? See it for yourself and experience the benefits of this versatile but inexpensive kitchen mainstay.

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