Baking soda can do so much more than just sit in the back of your baking cupboard. Who knew that within that bright orange box there was an endless amount of medical, household, and yes, even health and beauty solutions. What makes sodium bicarbonate so awesome? It’s non-toxic, it’s an anti fungal, an antiseptic and it can gently exfoliate away even the roughest calluses.

Let me share with you some unexpected uses of baking soda you might want to try:

Make Toothpaste. You can make your own toothpaste with baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution. Or you could also just dip your toothbrush with your regular toothpaste already on it right into baking soda for an extra boost.

Freshen Your Mouth. Add one teaspoon of baking soda into half a glass of water, swish around, spit and then rinse. The baking soda will neutralize the odors, not just covered up.

Soak Your Oral Appliance. You can soak all of your oral appliances (like retainers, mouthpieces or dentures) in a solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in a small bowl of warm water. You can also brush appliances clean using baking soda. The baking soda will loosens any food particles and will neutralizes any odors.

Make a Face or Body Scrub. To give yourself an invigorating facial and body scrub you can make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub this paste in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin. Once finished, rinse the area clean. This scrub is gentle enough to use every day.

Use as a Deodorant.  You can pat baking soda directly onto your underarms to neutralize body odor.

Treat Itchy Skin. To treat insect bites, make a paste of baking soda and water, and then apply as a salve onto affected area of the skin. To ease an itch, shake some baking soda into your hand and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower.

Use as a Hand Cleanser. You can skip the harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt while also neutralizing odors with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water (or a gentle liquid hand soap). Then rinse clean as you normally would.

Help For Your Hair. We already know that vinegar is amazing for your hair, but baking soda does have a place in the shower too. You can sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into the palm of your hand right along with your favorite shampoo. Then you can shampoo as normal and rinse thoroughly. The baking soda will help remove the residue build up from styling products so your hair is cleaner and more manageable.

Clean Your Brushes and Combs. Easily remove natural oil build-up plus hair product residue by soaking your combs and brushes in a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a small container of warm water. Let them sit, and then rinse and dry before using.

Make a Bath Soak. You can instantly create a soothing bath by adding 1/2 cup of baking soda to your regular bath. This will neutralize acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration.  It also makes your skin feel very soft. Epsom salts and essential oils are pretty incredible for the bath too.

Soothe Your Feet. Make your feet feel happy by dissolving 3 tablespoons of baking soda into a tub of warm water. Soak feet and gently scrub, then rinse and dry. Your feet will instantly feel happy.

Soften Tough Calluses. To soften the calluses start with the foot bath (above).  After a nice long soak, scrub the calluses away by using three parts baking soda, one part water, and one part brown sugar. Rinse and follow with an application of rich moisturizer and a warm towel foot wrap. Let the towel sit on for 5-10 minutes before removing.

Baking soda is already well known for being a main ingredient that’s always in your kitchen but it’s also one of the most useful (and inexpensive!) ingredients around when it comes to DIY beauty fixes and skin care. So grab a box of baking soda from your kitchen cupboard and let’s get ready to see some big beautiful changes!

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