12 Good Uses for Common Baking Soda in Personal Care

1. Make Toothpaste

A paste made from baking soda and a three percent hydrogen peroxide solution is a good alternative to commercial non-fluoride toothpaste. (For better flavor add a drop or two of mint oil.) You can also just dip your toothbrush with toothpaste into baking soda for an extra boost.

2. Freshen Your Mouth

Put one teaspoon in half a glass of water, swish, spit and rinse for a good and healthy mouthwash. Baking soda neutralizes odors, it doesn’t just cover them up.

3. Soak Oral Appliances

Soak oral appliances, like retainers, mouthpieces, and dentures, in a solution of two teaspoons baking soda dissolved in a small container of warm water. The baking soda loosens food particles and neutralizes odors to keep appliances fresh. You can also brush appliances clean using baking soda like toothpaste.

4. Use as a Facial Scrub and Body Exfoliant

Give yourself an invigorating facial and body scrub at a low, low cost. Make a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Rub in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin, then just rinse clean. This is gentle enough for daily use.

5. Skip Harsh Deodorant

Pat baking soda onto your clean underarms to neutralize body odor.

6. Use as an Antacid

Baking soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, sour stomach and/or acid indigestion. Refer to the baking soda package for instructions.

7. Treat Insect Bites & Itchy Skin

For insect bites, make a paste out of baking soda and water, and apply as a salve onto affected skin. To ease itchy skin, shake some baking soda into your hand and rub it into damp skin after bath or shower.

8. Make a Hand Cleanser and Softener

Skip harsh soaps and gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize odors on hands with a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water, or three parts baking soda to gentle liquid hand soap. Then rinse clean.

9. Help Your Hair

Vinegar is amazing for your hair, but baking soda has its place in the shower too. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly. Baking soda helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind, so your hair is cleaner and more manageable.

10. Clean Brushes and Combs

For lustrous hair with more shine, keep brushes and combs clean. Remove natural oil build-up and hair product residue by soaking combs and brushes in a solution of one teaspoon of baking soda in a small basin of warm water. Rinse and allow to dry.

11. Make a Bath Soak

Add half a cup of baking soda to your bath to neutralize acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration, it also makes your skin feel very soft.

12. Soothe Your Feet

Dissolve three tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of warm water and soak feet. Gently scrub. You can also make a spa soak for your feet using baking soda.

If you know any other good uses for baking soda in personal care please share them with others in the comments.

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