Last Updated on January 21, 2021
Sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, is normally used in the kitchen to cook and even clean porpuses. However, many health and beauty uses for baking soda that you probably don’t even know about. From hair care to face masks, keep reading to find out some of the best beauty hacks baking soda has to offer.
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1. Brushing your teeth
Baking soda can be used for teeth whitening every now and then. We don’t advise you to do it every day because it can negatively affect your dental health. However, if you do it periodically, there should be no concern. All you need to do is wet your toothbrush as you would normally, then, instead of the toothpaste, place a little bit of baking soda on top of it and brush your teeth with it. Do this after your normal oral hygiene.
2. Natural mouthwash
Baking soda can also be used for mouthwash. Add a teaspoon of it into a cup of water, and there you go! Even though the method above is your best option for getting rid of yellow teeth, this option can still provide some brightness to your smile while refreshing your mouth.
3. DIY deodorant
Did you know that baking soda is used in many natural deodorants? This happens because baking soda absorbs bad odor without compromising your skin health. To make your deodorant, you have to mix four tablespoons of cornstarch and four tablespoons of baking soda. Add six tablespoons of coconut oil and mix it all. Once you have a paste, all that it’s left to do is add a couple of drops of essential oil (just so it smells nice). You can apply it to your fingers or special glove.
4. Bad odor remover
As you already know, one of the best benefits of baking soda is its capability of removing and neutralizing bad odors. Think about how many uses it can have around your house! For the kitchen to remove strong food smells, on your clothes, on your shoes, and even your workout accessories! Why spend money on anti-odor sprays when you can get baking soda for less than 2 dollars?
5. Dry shampoo
Dry shampoo has the function of absorbing grease excess in our hair while making it look refreshed and washed, making it one of the most used beauty products among women and men worldwide. But what if you could obtain the same result by using a simpler, cheaper product? Grab a container and mix some baking soda with corn starch; you can mix enough for one use or add larger quantities and store it for future uses. Then, with your fingers, place some of the product into your roots and scalp while massaging and making circular motions. Before brushing it off, let it sit for 10 minutes to allow the oils’ absorption fully, and there you go, now you have voluminous, dry roots!
6. Face mask
Baking soda is a natural exfoliator for our face and body. There are many expensive masks out there that last about a month if you are lucky. Still, this recipe, besides being super cheap, also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory perks! To create a baking soda face mask, you need to mix two teaspoons of baking soda with a facial cleanser you might have around your house. You can add a little bit of water to form an almost liquid paste. Next, massage your face with this solution and leave it applied to your skin for at least 10 minutes before you wash it off.
7. Skin problems remedy
Baking soda alkaline levels help with the neutralization of toxins in our body, wich relief itching symptoms and skin irritation. Whether you’re suffering from a bug bite or a little rash, your skin is irritated and needs to be treated. A little bit of water and baking soda applied directly to these spots work as a natural remedy for these types of irritations. You can add hazel to the mixture for a soothing sensation and cover the area with a bandage to let the baking soda do its work on your skin. After 10 to 20 minutes, wash your skin with warm water and soap.
Are you feeling tired after a long day at work? There’s nothing better than going for a little peaceful spa moment. All you need is a bucket, warm water, and four tablespoons of baking soda. Let your foot soak into this solution and relax while you watch some TV or catch up with your friends online.
9. Easy Splinter Removal
Now and then, we notice a splinter on your hands. It can sometimes be painful, so the first thing we do is try to remove them with some tweezers. This can be effective for removing the splinter, but it will also leave your skin irritated and inflamed. It’s best to allow the splinter out on its own, and for that, you need to apply baking soda (previously diluted in some water) to the affected zone, so the splinter becomes easier to remove.
10. Cleaning beauty tools
Are you tired of scrubbing all your makeup brushes to remove all the accumulated product fully? Worry no more because, with baking soda, you’ll allow all the gunk to loosen away from the brushes without even having to scrub anything! From combs to makeup brushes, all you need to do is mix four tablespoons of baking soda with some water and leave these items soaking in this mixture overnight. You might wake up to dirty water, but you’ll be surprised about how clean your brushes will be!
11. Stomachaches and Heartburn relief
One of the most surprising benefits of baking soda is what it can do to our bodies when consumed. As you already know, baking soda works as a natural antacid. This means it can neutralize acids present in your stomach, which ultimately are the cause for heartburn and stomachaches. Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water and drink it. If you feel suspicious and weird doing this, remember that most effervescent tablets also contain baking soda.
12. Headaches Relief
As you can tell, baking soda has many health benefits; headaches are simply another condition that can be fixed by consuming baking soda. We all know how much headaches can ruin a day, so as soon as you feel it growing on you, drink some water with baking soda. Now that you know how to use baking soda in everyday life, we expect you to follow some of these hacks and share them with your closest friends and family. After all, we all possess this simple ingredient in our homes; we’re just not taking advantage of it!