Power of the Soda, Part 2: The beauty in baking soda

This is part two of the Power of the Soda series. I have collected many of the uses for baking soda in one post. Please leave comments with your ideas and experiments. I have tried all of the hair, mouth and nail tips. Still working through the skin care suggestions. Let me know how it works out for you!

For your hair-
To remove buildup: Mix a small palm-full of baking soda to your shampoo to remove buildup from conditioners, mousses and hairsprays.

Need dry 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.

Too much time in the pool this summer? For chlorine-damaged tresses. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 pint warm water.

Clean those 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.

Get it glowing-  
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.

Feel a blemish coming on? Apply a thick paste of baking soda and peroxide to blemish before bedtime and come morning you should be blemish free. Don’t do this if your blemish has already broken the surface. That would really hurt.

Want a mini-facial? Mix one teaspoon each of baking soda and olive oil. Massage gently into your skin and rinse well. You’ll feel refreshed and moisturized.

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.

La Boca-  
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.

Toothbrush. Soak your tooth brush in a mixture of water and baking soda and let it soak overnight.

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


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