How many of us have a box of oranges in the fridge that we have to replace every 3 months but aren’t sure how long? It’s only when our refrigerator starts to look a little fresh, maybe a little funky, that we realize we’ve been in there for way too long. I know I try to reach for it every time I prep or clean my bathtub, and I am always amazed that it can be used in two capacities. But I recently learned that this little box offers a variety of beauty uses for baking soda because it’s an alkaline compound that won’t stain or aggravate sensitive skin. Here are some great ways to use your new Frigidaire’s best friend!
5 beauty uses for baking soda
All of these toothpaste brands ship arms and legs with the latest and greatest whitening toothpastes. If you sprinkle some baking soda on a damp toothbrush and brush in small circles for about a minute before brushing at night, you can save a little money while whitening those puppies. However, this is not a long term process as it can erode the tooth enamel. You should also avoid mixing baking soda with teeth whitener, as it can be very corrosive to tooth enamel.
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When was the last time you changed your shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, or dry shampoo? We all have strong brands that we are loyal to. But when we use the same formula over and over again, it tends to build up in our hair. Just because we wash our hair doesn’t mean the product is out of whack. Even great-smelling (silicone) conditioners and shampoos can get buildup and hard to manage after a while. The next time you shampoo your hair, pour a half dollar into the palm of your hand and sprinkle some baking soda on it. Lather, rinse, repeat..just kidding, but get a good lather and rinse. It will eliminate all of these products and you will notice a huge difference!
Goodbye, ugly blackheads…
Here’s the song “Science!” by Thomas Dolby. shouting. And it makes this thing fun! If you mix a little baking soda and water and apply it to your freshly washed face for 10-15 minutes, it will tone your skin, remove blackheads and also help treat adult acne. Rinse it off with cool water, then moisturize. Baking soda helps dry out pimples, unclog pores, and remove tiny dead skin cells and dirt.
Rub the dye and put baking soda in the bath!
If you’re itching from insect bites or sunburn this summer, take a cool shower and add 2-3 cups of baking soda. It will soothe your skin and help relieve irritation. And also if your skin is dry in the winter! Baking soda helps soothe cracked skin from the cold. If you don’t have a full bath, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 cup of cold water and soak with a washcloth. Place the towel on the sunburned or stung area to soothe the itchy, sore area.