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Baking soda, beauty uses

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A few years ago when I got myself into the eco-friendly frenzy and realized how much I could improve my routines in a non-harmful way, baking soda was a lifesaver every time. Baking soda can be really helpful around the house, it absorbs any nasty smells, it cleans, whitens and scrubs. Plus it’s helpful for cooking too, it isn’t called ‘baking soda’ for nothing. So I try to use baking soda in my beauty routine too. Here’s what I’ve tried until now:

Toothpaste enhancer or substitute

This is the oldest trick in the book learnt from my grandmother. I keep a cute small sealed jar with some baking soda near my toothbrush. Don’t keep too much at once because the moisture in the bathroom can harden it.

I prefer to alternate it with toothpaste, or mix them, because I have sensitive gums. When I use it it feels like I’ve just been to the dentist. My teeth are clean and any nasty tastes are gone. Not covered with a minty flavor, but gone.

Mouthwash

And since I’ve mentioned sensitive gums, 1 part baking soda mixed in 3 parts water makes the perfect mouthwash. Here, you can go girly and add a drop of peppermint oil in it. If you want to have it ready made you should boil the water and afterwards add a tablespoon of baking soda and the oil.

Deodorant

This was a life saver when I forgot to pack my deodorant on a trip to the mountains. A friend was very helpful and gave me some baking soda. That lasted through the whole 10 day trip. It’s like having the most efficient ’72 hours effect’ dry stick. It leave your skin a bit dry, but it delivers on the hard work.

Dry shampoo

This was another discovery made in harsh times. All you have to do is place a small amount of baking soda in you palm and spread it through your dry or damp hair, at the roots. Not directly on the scalp, because that will have the opposite effect the first week, while the skin gets used to the new treatment. If you have long hair, it’s best to tilt your head upside down before applying, for a better spread. Then you let it sit for one to three minutes and rinse.

For normal use you can also add it to your normal shampoo, it will clean all those sticky products away and leave your hair shinier.

Body and face scrub

This is the newest addition to my beauty routine and the biggest surprise. I would have expected it to be harsh, but it’s not. It’s a bit rough and you feel like your whole skin got a nice massage, but it doesn’t affect your skins natural oils, so it doesn’t dehydrate. You can just pour some in your palms and scrub it all over and rinse it away. Or you can take the fancy road and add some olive oil to it and make it extra hydrating.

Use it in your tub

Added in your bathtub, ½ cup of baking soda softens skins leaving it with a natural glow. I sometimes go all the way and put all my favorite ingredients in: salt, baking soda and green tea. The most relaxing bath ever!

Soak your feet

For those rough heels make a soak bath with 3 tablespoons of baking soda and a drop of your favorite essential oil. Tea-tree oil is very refreshing and it also protects you from harmful bacteria that can lead to bigger problems. After 15 minutes of soaking your feet in a warm water solution you can dry your feet and scrub that extra skin off.

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I started using baking soda just for my teeth and slowly it has crept in all the areas of my life. Because it is environmentally friendly and so cheap I really don’t mind. I can’t wait to find more uses for it.

How about you? Have you ever tried baking soda in your beauty routine?


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