One powerful versatile ingredient, which can be used for anything from cleaning to treating skin and health problems, is baking soda.
It can be usually used for rising dough, but it can be also used in the treatment and prevention of numerous diseases and conditions, as well as for clothes whitening.
Besides all these uses, people also use it as an effective odor absorber, a carpet freshener and an all – surface cleaner as well. However, you can also use the baking soda for aesthetic purposes, and it can drastically improve your beauty.
Here are some of the uses for aesthetic purposes:
1. It fights acne
The baking soda is one very effective remedy against acne and pimples. You just need to prepare a paste with some water and use it directly on the acne, in order to get rid of it.
2. For teeth whitening
You should take your favorite toothpaste and read the contents on the label – it should contain baking soda. When it is combined with hydrogen peroxide, the baking soda can whiten your teeth, but it should not be used too often as well, because it can damage you teeth enamel. It will be sufficient to use it once in a week.
3. It freshens the breath
If you suffer from bad breath, you probably know that those mint drops are not useful at all. They only hide the underlying problem of halitosis, but baking soda can eliminate the bad breath in an effective and quick way. In one glass of water, put one teaspoon of baking soda and mix it until it dissolves.
Then gargle the solution, in order to disinfect your throat and oral cavity, as well as to eliminate the bacteria. You should repeat this process every day, for having the best results.
4. It softens the skin
If you have dry skin on your hands and feet, you should apply a mixture of baking soda, water and soap on them, by massaging nicely. After that, rinse them with warm water. This will hydrate your skin and it can also relieve the odor from your hands, after you prepared some meals.
5. It keeps your hair healthy and clean
All those shampoos and conditioners that we use are actually not as good as they are advertised. They usually contain some chemicals which can harm your scalp and hair as well. However, the use of the baking soda as conditioner will keep them both healthy and clean. You just need to use it once in a month, not more, because the pH levels of the baking soda are high.
6. It relieves body odor
In order to neutralize the bacteria and acids on your bath which cause the unpleasant body odor, as well as to relieve oily skin, you should fill your bathtub with water and add a small cup of baking soda in it, then soak yourself in the mixture. You can repeat this process once or twice a week, in order to make your skin smooth and soft.
7. It keeps your nails clean
In order to prepare a paste which can be applied on your nails, you should mix 3 parts of baking soda with 1 part of water. Rinse afterwards and your nails and cuticles will be healthier than ever before.
8. It eliminates sweating
You can use the baking soda to make a natural DIY deodorant. All you need to do is to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil in 4 tablespoons of baking soda and then apply the mixture on your underarm in order to kill the bacteria, which causes the odor. This natural deodorant will keep you fresh for hours and you can safely reapply if when you need.
9. Used as natural exfoliator
You should include the baking soda in your everyday facial routine, in order to keep your skin clean and healthy as well.