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Baking Soda and Beauty Treatments

Baking Soda: An At-Home Beauty Must-Have

Who knew that baking soda had so many uses in the beauty world? It can be used as a cleaning product to get out tough household stains and to remove odors, but it's safe enough to use on your skin, hair, and teeth. The best part about these baking soda beauty recipes that the ingredients are accessible and inexpensive. Below are five different ways to incorporate baking soda into your beauty routine.

  • Cleansing Shampoo: Mix a teaspoon of baking soda with your daily shampoo to help wash away build-up from hair products (this works exceptionally well on fine hair).
  • Face Exfoliator: Mix a half a teaspoon of baking soda with your cleanser to make a scrub. Apply it to your damp skin by massaging in with small circles. Rinse and repeat if necessary. If you are trying to fight acne, you can also mix in one crushed aspirin (which contains bacteria-fighting salicylic acid).
  • Hairbrush Cleanser: Plug your sink with lukewarm water and add in two or three tablespoons of baking soda. Soak your hairbrushes and combs in the mixture for a few minutes to remove residue. Rinse well and be sure and dry your brushes and combs completely.

For the last two quick and easy baking soda beauty treatments,


  • Tooth Whitener: If you are trying to brighten up your smile, brush your teeth with baking soda for two minutes. You might want to gargle with mouthwash after. I'm not going to lie, the taste is not the best, but it works!
  • Cuticle Softener: A pinch of baking soda can be added to a bowl of warm water to help soften your cuticles. Let your hands soak in the water for a few minutes before rinsing them off thoroughly.


MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Thanks, Bella! I'll let you know what happens when I get up the nerve to test it out!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Martini, I would not use it on your highlighted hair no more than once a month but I would test - if I was you.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
TrendyTurtle, I am wondering the same thing - will it strip the highlights/dye from color treated hair?
plasticine1 plasticine1 9 years
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Baking soda and vinegar have replaced my shammpoo, conditioner, bathroom cleaner, face scrub; I even use them to wash produce.
misslilad misslilad 9 years
another great do it yourself tip too is to buy lavender chamomile tea and dump a teabag in the water when you steam. i used to buy a dried herb blend from whole foods for $20, now I do this and it costs only $3 and the teabags last longer
misslilad misslilad 9 years
i am also on the baking soda train. have a box in my bathroom all by itself for many of the above purposes
Nicolette517 Nicolette517 9 years
Baking soda works wonders on my skin, I've been using it for years...just a little bit mixed with water makes it less abrasive.
AllaWallaBalla AllaWallaBalla 9 years
I'm not sure using this as a scrub and/or in shampoo is such a good idea. Baking soda is incredibly abrasive and will strip your skin and/or face of everything--good, bad and ugly. This is especially true for those with sensitive skin and damaged hair; if your hair has been color treated, baking soda will strip the color so watch out! I will definitely try this to clean my brushes, though!
drea-nicole drea-nicole 9 years
I use baking soda to clean around my apartment, but never thought to use it on my face and hair. :)
me-n-myself me-n-myself 9 years
thanks, i just knew it
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I've heard of a few of these before but I definitely have to try it to clean my hair brushes.
emalove emalove 9 years
Great suggestions...I knew a couple of them, but some are new to me!
TrendyTurtle TrendyTurtle 9 years
I have colored hair (and fine hair - BOO) does the baking soda affect the dye? I'm just curious because I've tried it on my teeth and noticed a change in color so I'm just wondering what it does to hair color.
gemsera gemsera 9 years
OK this is really gross but baking soda is also good for small eye infections. I have one at the moment and in a clean glass, with a clean small teaspoon put some in with warm (not hot!!) water from the kettle and dab at the eye with a ear bud. Works a treat. *disclaimer* see your doctor first!!!! Thats what our doc recommended so Im going with it. Baking soda is great! Vinegar is another good cleaning agent as well, for floors and bathrooms and benchtops :D
Swen Swen 9 years
I love cheap solutions! Thanks for these tips.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I use this stuff for everything. It also sofens your skin using it in your bath. Its the best for washing brushes and combs.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 9 years
it works really well as deodorant, just make a paste with water and put it under your arms. I wouldn't recommend using it on your hair though.
xoxoxx xoxoxx 9 years
I use it on my teeth and to exfoliate. Have been for years. I prefer shampoo or liquid soap for my hair brushes, though.
pinky23 pinky23 9 years
baking soda is one of my grandmother's favorite home remedies. she recommends it for teeth whitening, laundry, and indigestion. i feel like that's a really random combination, but who am i to challenge my grandmother's southern wisdom? :) i use it at night before i brush with regular toothpaste.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Wow! I need to use this on my teeth! I have pretty white teeth but I can't bring myself to spend all that money on teeth it bad for your teeth???
TheSweetLife TheSweetLife 9 years
Great post! I also just mix a little baking soda with water to make a paste for a great exfoliator!
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
Baking soda works the best as a tooth whitener. It definitely doesn't taste good, but you do get noticeable results!
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