Squeaky clean hair: Add a teaspoon of baking soda to your usual shampoo bottle to help remove buildup from conditioners, mousses, and sprays, and to improve manageability.
Dry shampoo: For oily hair. Sprinkle on your hair and comb through, then fluff with a blow dryer.
Chlorine remover: Rinse hair with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in 1 pint water to remove the dullness or discoloration caused by chlorinated pools.
Combs and brushes: Hair spray and oil buildup on combs and brushes can be removed by soaking them in a sink of warm water and adding 3 tablespoons baking soda and 3 tablespoons bleach.
Hands: Remove fish, onion, or garlic odor from hands with a solution of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water or liquid soap. Rub mixture in your hands, and rinse off.
Elbows: Rub a baking-soda paste (water and baking soda) onto your elbows to smooth away and exfoliate rough skin.
- Soak tired feet in a basin of warm water with 3 tablespoons baking soda
- Add 4 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart warm water, and soak feet for 10 minutes to relieve foot itch.
- Smooth rough and hardened calluses and heels by massaging them with a paste of 3 parts baking soda per 1 part water.
Soothe minor mishaps:
- For sunburn pain, saturate a washcloth with a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart water. Apply to affected area.
- Ease windburn or poison ivy irritation with a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Do not use on broken skin.
- Baking soda added to the bathwater has a softening effect on the skin. Add 1/2 cup to a full bath.
- Make bubbling bath salts with 21/2 cups baking soda, 2 cups cream of tartar, and 1/2 cup cornstarch. Mix them together, and store in a covered container. Use 1/4 cup per bath.
Relieve Itchy Wintery Skin: In a bath with 1 cup baking soda and 11/4 cups baby oil in the water.
Sponge bath: Freshen up with a washcloth dipped in a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart water.
Deodorant: Apply cornstarch to your underarms with a powder puff first, then apply the baking soda.
Clean fingernails and toenails by scrubbing them with a nailbrush dipped in baking soda. This also softens cuticles.
- Mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part salt. Add 3 teaspoons of glycerin. Add 10 to 20 drops of flavoring (peppermint, wintergreen, anise, or cinnamon) and enough water to make a paste. Spoon into a small, refillable squeeze bottle.
- Sprinkle baking soda into your palm, dip a damp toothbrush into it, and brush your teeth.
Refreshing mouthwash: To freshen breath, use 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1/2 glass of water, swish the solution through your teeth, and rinse.
Dentures and other dental appliances:
- Soak dentures in a solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in warm water.
- Use baking soda to soak athletic mouthguards, retainers, or other oral appliances.
- Scrub dentures, mouthguards, and retainers with a toothbrush dipped in baking soda.
- Soak toothbrushes in a baking-soda solution overnight.
Baking soda can also do wonders for your face.
- Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, and use as a gentle, exfoliating facial scrub after washing with soap and water. Rinse your face clean.
- Mix baking soda with oatmeal in your blender; it makes a great facial scrub.
- Men with sensitive skin may find that a solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda in 1 cup water makes a great pre-shave treatment or a soothing aftershave rinse.
- For instant relief of razor burn, dab on a baking-soda solution.
As you’ve seen, baking soda is a valuable asset in your health and beauty routine. Keep some in your medicine cabinet.
I’ve been using baking soda mixed with Cetaphil for exfoliating for years and years. Cheap and effective!
What is cool about the first picture is the bottle! I have never seen Baking Soda packaged that way!
Baking soda and water paste reduces puffiness and itchiness from misquote bite when applied right away.
My Thirty Spot says
Thanks or that tip! Love it!
Great post! I didn’t know about half of these tips. I’m especially excited about using baking soda for itchy skin. Now that you’ve mentioned it, it makes total sense.
I love baking soda. It’s like a miracle gift from nature. You can also use it as an emergency acid reflux cure if you have nothing else on hand. Mix a teaspoon with water in a small glass (the less water the better) and down it. Keep in mind though that you’re ingesting a lot of salt so only use it as an emergency cure.
Baking soda is also a great natural treatment for thrush – avoid taking anti-biotics ever again which just lead to more and more thrush. Dissolve a tablespoon of baking soda in body temperature-warm water, and douche in the shower once a day when you have thrush. It will restore your body’s natural pH balance. Also good to flush out your lady parts after your period – and get rid of any fibres left behind from tampons. It is a miracle cure – after suffering from agonising thrush almost continuously for 2 years, an (elderly) gyno recommended this treatment. That was 22 years ago, and I have never had thrush since.
My Thirty Spot says
Thanks Anonymous’ I appreciate your comments and I appreciate the thrush comment. Good to know in case I need it in the future.
Helen B. @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog says
I love baking soda! Thanks for sharing this great list! I found it via Pinterest!
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Beth Graves says
Thank you so much for all these tips for baking soda! I knew some of them but not all of them