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13 Baking-Soda Beauty Tips

13 Baking-Soda Beauty Tips

My “beauty routine” has always been pretty minimal, but once in a while, I’m inspired to freshen up. I started to think about glow- and shine-inducing products that I already have on-hand–and my favorite of the bunch, baking soda.

How can my favorite multi-purpose (beauty) product enhance your grooming routines? Read on. (These applications for baking soda are a compilation of research, polls and personal use).

WHERE TO BUY? FOR HOW MUCH?

  • Baking Soda is ubiquitous. It does not vary by brand nor fall into different price brackets. It’s reliable and will always come to the siren call of your beauty needs.
  • It’s available. You can purchase it at supermarkets, bodegas, drug stores and gas station mini-marts.
  • The price is right. Drugstore.com offers buy-one-get-one for $2.99.

HAIR

  • Remove buildup. Mix a small palm-full of baking soda to your shampoo to remove buildup from conditioners, mousses and hairsprays.
  • Dry shampoo. No time for a shampoo? Baking soda can be used as a dry shampoo when your hair is oily. Sprinkle some on your hair, comb through then quickly fluff your hair with a blow dryer.
  • Chlorine-damaged tresses. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 pint warm water.
  • Combs and brushes. Remove product and oil buildup by soaking your utensils in a bowl of warm water with about 3 tablespoons of baking soda. You can also add a splash of bleach.

SKIN

  • Facial Exfoliant. In the palm of your hand, mix some baking soda with your facial cleanser to make a gentle exfoliant. Use circular motions to apply gently then rinse as usual for very soft skin.
  • Rough skin. This also works for the rough skin on elbows and feet. Make a thick paste with baking soda and water (about 3 parts baking soda to one part water) and scrub away.
  • Shaving. A solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda in a cup of water works as a pre-shave product of aftershave rinse for men with sensitive skin.

MOUTH

  • Tooth polish and whitener. Baking soda toothpastes have been long-time shelf staples for a reason. The baking soda works to freshen breathe and whiten and polish teeth. Dip a damp toothbrush in baking soda and brush away. My personal twist, dip a toothbrush with toothpaste in baking soda for mouth cleaning times two.
  • Toothbrush. Soak your tooth brush in a mixture of water and baking soda and let it soak overnight.

NAILS

  • Soft cuticles. Scrubbing your nails or toenails with a nailbrush (or old toothbrush) dipped in baking soda will soften and gently exfoliate cuticles.

Have any other beauty tips that incorporate baking soda? Or perhaps another ingredient from your kitchen cabinets or refrigerator? I’d love to know. Who knows, before long I could be making lipstick from cherries, shampoo from apple cider vinegar and conditioner from mayonnaise!

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11:04PM PDT on Jun 22, 2013

Awesome! Thank you :)

4:18AM PDT on May 31, 2012

Post-waxing bump prevention!! I used to get bumps and red skin after waxing my bikini line, but my new lady who does it told me to use a parking soda paste. It closes the poors and makes it sooo much better!

9:07AM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

wonderful tips, thanks

10:58PM PST on Feb 27, 2011

Nice thanks, will try the cuticle idea :)

9:33PM PDT on Jun 7, 2010

Interesting article, thanks.

1:28PM PDT on Jun 4, 2010

I use baking soda to strip the gunk buildup from my hair and it works great. Funny story. . . I worked for a natural health store and the owner was trying to sell a customer some gunk to put in her hair after shampooing that is supposed to make hair shiny. After the boss walked away, I whispered my cheap alternative of using baking soda. She thanked me the next time she came in!!! Boss didn't make any money when I did these "interventions" but hey, I believe in helping people, not ripping them off.

5:33AM PDT on May 29, 2010

thanks for the great tips

3:36AM PDT on May 27, 2010

i am definitely going to try the dry shampoo. i noticed ever since i cut back on washin gmy hair and switched to a milder shampoo my dandruff has gotten bettter!

2:12PM PDT on May 26, 2010

I just did the baking soda for rough skin it worked pretty well except afterwards my hands smelt like cat poop.

11:28PM PDT on May 25, 2010

ahh baking soda..the old natural remedy king

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