You may not know it, but something you likely have in your pantry at all times has many uses for naturally enhancing your appearance. Not only is it a safe ingredient for many beauty products, but it also happens to be very inexpensive. I’m talking about the multipurpose wonder baking soda.
A box of baking soda will run you anywhere from fifty cents to 80 cents. If you choose to buy a higher end brand like the one I prefer that is 100% aluminum free, you may be paying about double that cost. That is still pretty cheap by most standards.
Now, let’s talk about some of the uses of this common baking ingredient. First off, it makes an excellent teeth whitener and breath freshener. It has excellent antibacterial qualities, so it kills bacteria that cause bad breath.
The fact that it has a gentle abrasive quality makes it great for “polishing” the stains off of your teeth. It does this without actually bleaching them or weakening the enamel like so many commercial teeth whitening products can do. It also usually doesn’t cause sensitivity like many commercial pastes and whiteners can.
Another use for baking soda is as an addition to your shampoo. Baking soda can help to cleanse the hair of dulling build up and therefore makes your shampoo more of a “clarifying” variety. Just add a small amount of baking soda, no more than the size of a dime around, to your shampoo and start lathering.
Some people even use this exclusively in lieu of shampoo by mixing it with water or water and vinegar to get their hair clean. Although it certainly wouldn’t smell very good, it should help get your hair clean without actually using a sudsing agent.
Baking soda can also be used as a mild exfoliant for your facial skin care routine. Since it is a fine particle, it acts as a gentle exfoliating agent to help remove dead skin cells. Since it has antibacterial qualities, it also may help those with acne to maintain acne-free skin.
It can even be used as a spot treatment for acne. Simply mix it with a small amount of warm water until it forms a paste that stays in place. Apply it to your problem area for anywhere from a couple minutes to a half hour and then rinse it off.
Baking soda can also be used to help remedy eczema, a skin condition marked by redness and itchy patches. Put about a half a cup of baking soda in a warm bath and soak in it. It will help soothe eczema. It also helps with other types of itches such as bug bites.
Now that you know baking soda can be such a useful ingredient for lots of things other than baking, you might want to keep another box handy for your beauty routine. It’s good to know there are natural alternatives that really work!
Danna Norek owns AuraSensory.com, an all natural body, skin and hair care company. Aura Sensory offers an all natural aluminum free deodorant (which uses baking soda as part of its 18 hour deodorizing formula incidentally), natural soaps for face and body, natural body lotions and a new SLS free shine enhancing shampoo with other hair care products on the way.