Hey mama, let’s be real, finding time for self-care can be a real challenge! But what if I told you that one of the most versatile and affordable beauty products was already sitting in your pantry? That’s right, baking soda is not just for baking anymore!
Here are 9 surprising ways to use baking soda to elevate your beauty routine and give yourself some much-needed TLC.
9 Ways to Use Baking Soda In Your Beauty Routine:
Exfoliation is so important for our skin, mamas! It helps to remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, and leave your skin looking refreshed and radiant. But did you know that you don’t need to spend a fortune on fancy exfoliators? Baking soda is a natural exfoliant that can do wonders for your skin!
All you need to do is mix a tablespoon of baking soda with some water to make a paste, then gently massage it onto your face in circular motions. Rinse it off with warm water and pat your face dry. You’ll be amazed at how soft and smooth your skin feels!
Not only is this DIY baking soda scrub super effective, but it’s also affordable and free from harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin. Plus, you probably already have baking soda in your pantry, so it’s a convenient option for busy mamas who don’t have time to run to the store.
2. Teeth Whitening
We all know how important it is to take care of our teeth. Not only does it give us a beautiful smile, but it’s also crucial for our overall health. But let’s be honest, keeping our pearly whites, well, white can be a challenge! And professional teeth whitening treatments can be expensive and time-consuming. But don’t worry, there’s a natural and affordable solution: baking soda!
Baking soda can work wonders for your teeth. Its mild abrasive properties can help remove surface stains and leave your teeth looking brighter and whiter.
All you need to do is mix equal parts baking soda with water to make a paste, then brush your teeth as usual. For best results, brush for around 2 minutes then rinse both your mouth and your toothbrush thoroughly with water.
If you want to take it to the next level, you can switch out water for hydrogen peroxide. And the best part? You can make your own DIY baking soda toothpaste for a fraction of the cost of store-bought whitening products.
Mamas, let’s talk about sweat. It’s natural, it’s necessary, but it can also be stinky! And let’s face it, finding a natural deodorant that actually works can be a challenge. But fear not, there’s a solution that you probably already have in your pantry: baking soda!
Baking soda can help neutralize odors and keep you feeling fresh all day long. All you need to do is mix a small amount of baking soda with some cornstarch (or arrowroot powder) and coconut oil to make a paste. You can also add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to make it smell good.
Apply the paste to your underarms with your fingers or a small spoon, and you’re good to go! Not only is this DIY baking soda deodorant effective, but it’s also affordable and free from harsh chemicals that can irritate you or your baby’s skin.
Of course, everyone’s body is different, so you may need to adjust the amount of baking soda or coconut oil to find the right balance for you.
4. Foot Soak
This is one of my favorite ways to use baking soda! Mamas, let’s be real: our feet take a beating! From running after little ones to standing all day at work, our feet deserve some TLC. And what better way to show them some love than with a relaxing foot soak? And guess what, baking soda can take your foot soak to the next level!
Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and can help soften and soothe your feet. All you need to do is fill a basin with warm water and add a few tablespoons of baking soda. You can also add some Epsom salt or a few drops of your favorite essential oil for an extra luxurious experience.
Soak your feet for 10-15 minutes, then pat them dry with a towel. You’ll be amazed at how soft and refreshed your feet feel!
This DIY foot soak is not only affordable, but it’s also a great way to unwind and de-stress after a long day. And if you have little ones who love to join in on the fun, you can make it a family affair and have a foot soak party!
5. Hair Care
Taking care of our hair can be a challenge. From tangles to split ends, it seems like there’s always something to worry about. But did you know that baking soda can help keep your locks looking healthy and shiny?
Baking soda can help remove buildup from your hair, which can make it look dull and lifeless. All you need to do is mix a tablespoon of baking soda with your regular shampoo, then massage it into your hair and scalp. Rinse as usual, and you’ll be left with hair that feels soft, clean, and refreshed.
But wait, there’s more! Baking soda can also help balance the pH of your scalp, which can promote healthy hair growth. You can make a DIY hair rinse by mixing a tablespoon of baking soda with a cup of water and pouring it over your hair after shampooing. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse with water.
Just be careful not to overdo it with the baking soda, as it can be drying if used too frequently. Start with once a week and see how your hair responds.
6. Face Mask
When it comes to skincare, we all want to look our best. But let’s face it, finding the right products can be a challenge. That’s why I’m excited to share with you one of my favorite DIY face masks that uses baking soda!
Baking soda is a gentle exfoliant that can help remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. And when mixed with honey, it becomes a powerful antibacterial and moisturizing combo for your skin.
To make the mask, simply mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a teaspoon of honey to form a paste. Apply it to your face and leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. You’ll be left with skin that feels soft, smooth, and glowing!
Just be careful not to use this mask too frequently, as it can be drying if overused. Start with once a week and see how your skin responds.
Not only is this DIY face mask affordable and effective, but it’s also free from harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin.
7. Nail Care
Mamas, we all know how hard it is to find time for a manicure. But did you know that baking soda can help keep your nails looking healthy and strong between salon visits? It’s true!
Baking soda is a natural exfoliant that can help remove stains and buildup from your nails. And when mixed with a little bit of water, it becomes a gentle scrub that’s perfect for keeping your nails looking their best.
To use, simply mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a few drops of water to form a paste. Massage it into your nails and cuticles, then rinse with warm water. Your nails will be left looking clean, bright, and healthy!
But wait, there’s more! Baking soda can also help strengthen your nails. You can make a DIY nail soak by mixing a tablespoon of baking soda with a cup of warm water and soaking your nails for 10-15 minutes. Repeat once a week for best results.
Not only is this DIY nail care routine affordable and effective, but it’s also a great way to take a few minutes for yourself and practice some self-care.
8. Sunburn Relief
This is one of the more shocking ways to use baking sida: Baking soda is a natural anti-inflammatory that can help soothe sunburned skin. And when mixed with cool water, it becomes a refreshing and calming solution for your skin.
To use, simply mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with cool water to form a paste. Apply it to your sunburned skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Your skin will be left feeling cool, soothed, and refreshed!
Baking soda can also help reduce the itchiness and peeling that often come with sunburns. You can make a DIY spray by mixing a tablespoon of baking soda with a cup of water in a spray bottle. Spritz it onto your skin as needed throughout the day.
9. Makeup Brush Cleaner
We all love our makeup brushes. They help us achieve the perfect look, but they can also harbor bacteria and dirt that can be harmful to our skin. That’s why it’s important to keep them clean, and baking soda is the perfect tool for the job!
Baking soda is a natural cleanser that can help remove dirt and bacteria from your makeup brushes. And when mixed with a little bit of water and olive oil, it becomes a gentle and effective brush cleaner.
To use, simply mix equal parts baking soda and olive oil in a bowl, and then swirl your brushes around in the mixture. Rinse them with warm water and lay them flat to dry. Your brushes will be left looking and feeling clean, soft, and ready to use again!
Not only is this DIY makeup brush cleaner affordable and effective, but it’s also a great way to extend the life of your brushes and protect your skin from harmful bacteria.
I don’t know about you, but if I can find a few ways to save money AND eliminate toxic products then I’m going to jump on it! Give these ideas a try and tell me what you think in the comments below!