Baking soda

You can concoct your own beauty products in the convenience of your home by mixing a few ingredients from your kitchen shelves. This statement might seem so oft-repeated and cliché, but surely we all have no second thoughts about the veracity of this claim. While olive oil is one such versatile product with a number of beauty uses, baking soda is another. Though it’s a known fact that baking soda is widely used in baking, deodorising refrigerators, microwaves and in household cleaning, let’s look into some common as well as uncommon health and beauty uses of this household ingredient.

• Revitalize and smooth skin with baking soda.
Deep clean and refresh rough skin on your hands, elbows and knees with a gentle, invigorating scrub. Mix 3 parts baking soda with one part water to form a thick paste; apply in a gentle circular motion with your hands.

• Foot care with baking soda
To pamper your feet, mix 2 tbsp of baking soda and 1 tbsp table salt in a tub of bearably hot water. Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes. This removes all the embedded dirt and grime from your feet. You can then gently scrub your feet with the non-gritty blend mentioned above. This works as a great smoother for skin on feet and heels.

• Baking soda in a bath
Add ½ cup baking soda to warm bath water. Baking soda naturally cleanses your skin while leaving you feeling silky smooth all over. Its white crystals are often a key ingredient in commercial bath salts. (If you have a very dry skin, be sure to rinse well; as alkaline residue may irritate skin.)

• Baking soda as face wash
Washing your face with dilute baking soda solution is a great way to remove old make-up and slough off the dead skin cells for a fresher look.

• Baking soda to clean your hair
Remove residue that styling products and shampoo may leave behind. Add ½ a tsp of baking soda to your shampoo. Rinse and condition as usual.

• Baking soda as dry shampoo
If your hair has become too oily and limp and you don’t have the time for a wash, just sprinkle baking soda, a bit of talcum powder on your hairbrush and comb through your hair. This will absorb excess oils and freshen up your hair instantly.

• Baking soda to ease heat rashes
Take a lukewarm bath without using harsh soaps. Pat dry with a towel and apply a paste of baking soda on any area that has prickly heat rash. Leave the paste on for an hour or two.

• Baking soda to relieve sunburn pain
To relieve that sunburn ouch, apply a paste of baking soda and water to soothe and cool the affected area.

• Baking soda to freshen combs and brushes
To clean these without leaving a soapy film, fill a small basin with 1 litre water and dissolve 4 tbsps baking soda in the water. Soak combs and hairbrushes for a few minutes, then swish, rinse, and air-dry. This removes the hair spray and oil build up from them. Similarly you can soak toothbrushes also in a baking-soda solution overnight to clean them.

• Baking soda for teeth whitening
For dazzling white teeth, brush your teeth with a pinch of baking soda and table salt. Rinse out your mouth with water when finished. This even acts a mouthwash and helps with bad breath. Gargling with baking soda water also heals mouth sores.

• Baking soda for nail care.
To clean your finger and toe nails, apply baking soda to your nail brush. Now, scrub your nails and cuticles with these to soften the cuticles and for great looking nails.

• Baking soda as an antidote for insect bites
For any kind of insect (mosquitoes, ants etc.) bites apply a little baking soda over the area for a quick heal.

So for an easy, inexpensive beauty treatment, look no further than your refrigerator or kitchen cupboard. Make that little box of baking soda to work for you in the above mentioned time-and money-saving ways. Who knows, you might never need to buy another beauty product again! While this statement is certainly an exaggeration, do not forget to give some of these a try and see what you think.

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