We’ve written an extremely popular post on the benefits of Baking Soda in the past. This common kitchen ingredient is so amazing that it deserves more than one post. Known for it’s versatile nature, this super ingredient can help replace toxic chemicals in your kitchen, cleaning agents, as well as personal care products.
Soda Bicarbonate, the official name of Baking soda has multiple properties, with the key one being that of a neutralizer i.e. it helps stabilize the pH in things it comes in contact with. For example – when consumed by those suffering from heartburn – it works as an antacid and helps manage acidity (details of how to use it as an antacid are available online). To add to this, it deodorizes, soothes, and cleans too, all this while being absolutely easily affordable.
This post talks about some of the simplest ways in which baking soda can help you in your daily personal care routine. Not only is it a replacement for commonly available chemical laden products, but a small bottle in your bathroom can help you reduce the number of additional bottles you buy (of deodorants, shampoos and mouthwash) allowing you to reduce the waste you personally send to the landfill (and thereby help reduce the pollution levels in your city).
So here you go – here is our list of the top 6 ways in which you can use Baking Soda in your beauty routine
- Mouthwash: Skip the chemically infused mouthwash and instead just mix a teaspoon of Baking soda to half a glass of water, swish it around in your mouth, and rinse to kill all germs, and freshen your breath.
- Teeth Whitener: Fix yourself a teeth whitener by mixing 4 tablespoons of haldi (turmeric powder), 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin coconut oil. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and use instead of your regular paste for a few days. Be careful with direct application of Baking soda onto your teeth, repeated use too frequently can cause the enamel to strip off.
- Deodorant: Baking soda is known to work efficiently as a deodorant as well. It absorbs moisture and sweat and neutralizes odour, thereby leaving you feeling fresh. You can either just sprinkle it onto your underarm directly or make a homemade deodorant. For a DIY homemade deodorant mix together 1/3-cup virgin coconut oil, 2-tablespoon baking soda, 1/3-cup arrowroot powder, a few drops of essential oils (this one’s optional). Once done, store it in a recycled jar and smear on as and when needed.
- Exfoliator: Baking soda is a mild exfoliator and good at ridding those dead cells from your skin. For this mix a tablespoon of Baking soda to half a cup of water and gently rub on face in circular motion and rinse. You could also use this on nail beds if you’ve been using gel nails and the nail beds need care.
- Dry Shampoo: Baking Soda mixed with Arrow Root powder or Corn Starch is a great dry shampoo. The Arrow Root powder dries out the oils, while the baking soda neutralizes the bacterial build up. Check this post out for more.
- Sunburn balm: The neutralising quality of Baking soda will regulate the skin’s pH and soothe sunburn. All you need to is dip a clean washcloth in a mixture of baking soda and water and apply to the affected area. If the area is larger, add baking soda to your warm bucket bath water and bathe. Once done, don’t rub the skin but simply dab with a towel.
That’s not all, it also works well in removing splinters. Soak the area with the splinter in a mixture of a tablespoon of Baking soda and a glass of water. Doing so for a couple of times for about 2 days will help bring out most splinters naturally.
While these are uses in the beauty and health space, we have also another post coming up on the benefits of using this at home. Look out for it.