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We all think of baking soda as a baking ingredient but there are many other things it can be used for. It’s one of the most useful and inexpensive ingredient in DIY beauty care. It is a sodium bicarbonate which have both antiseptic and anti-fungal properties. It can be used to scrub out the toughest callous from the feet or even whiten the teeth. So instead of letting it waste away on your kitchen shelf, you can include it into your beauty regimen with the following DIY methods.
DIY uses of baking soda
A DIY solution of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can give you a brighter smile. Combine about one tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide with one tablespoon of baking soda.Stir it into a paste and start brushing.Let the paste stand about a minute and then thoroughly rinse your mouth afterwards.
Add 2 tablespoons of baking powder and 2 tablespoon of cornstarch with a few drops of any essential oil; Mix together then apply under arm to prevent sweating and body odor.
Mix two tablespoons of baking powder and one tablespoon of honey. Apply on the face and leave on for 15 minutes then rinse it off.
Enjoy a spa pedicure at home. Mix two to three tablespoons of baking soda with water for a soothing foot soak. Add your favorite essential oil (like lavender oil) and soak for 20 minutes. Then scrub your feet with a paste of baking soda, brown sugar and water to help exfoliate rough spots.
Want brighter skin? Mix baking soda with a tablespoon of lemon juice,1 teaspoon of honey and a few drops of olive oil. After cleansing skin, apply this paste to your face, leave it on and rinse after 10 minutes.
Washing off chlorine from the hair
It can be used to wash off chlorine from the hair after swimming. You can make a solution with one tablespoon baking soda to one cup of water, or a paste with one tablespoon of baking soda and little water. Apply to hair and rinse; follow up with your conditioner and normal hair care routine.
Scrub dry and cracked cuticle with a paste made from equal parts of baking soda and warm water. Mix together and scrub your fingertips. It will exfoliate dead skin cells and leave hands feeling soft .