Baking soda is a popular ingredient in the kitchen. It is versatile, and can also be used outside the kitchen for various purposes. Baking soda can be the best substitute for most of the expensive products in the house.
It is an effective but gentle abrasive and is a great natural deodorizer and exfoliant. Baking soda helps to clean the hair and get rid of any buildup and also polish jewelry.
Here are 7 different ways you can use baking soda outside the kitchen:
1. Get Rid Of Acne And Pimples
You do not need harsh chemicals, to get rid of acne or pimples. Baking soda will do the work easily. The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of this kitchen staple help to treat the cause as well as reduce the symptoms of acne and other breakouts.
In addition, it helps balance the skin’s pH, which helps reduce the occurrence of skin breakouts.
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with a little water to make a paste. Apply it on the affected skin for 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse it off with cold water. Repeat once daily for 2 or 3 days, then reduce the frequency to 1 or 2 times a week.
2. Whiten Teeth
Avoid expensive teeth whiteners. Baking soda is more effective at whitening teeth than other products.1 Because of its abrasive nature, baking soda removes built-up plaque on your teeth and the alkaline powder in baking soda can help remove discolorations.
For a natural way to whiten your teeth, crush 1 ripe strawberry and mix it with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Spread the mixture onto your teeth and leave on for five minutes. Then brush your teeth and rinse.
This method should not be used more than once a week as it could damage your tooth enamel.
3. Polishing Jewelry
To remove built-up tarnish from your silver, make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons water. Apply with a damp sponge or toothbrush and gently rub, rinse, and dry.
4. Insect Bites And Itchy Skin
Baking soda helps to relieve minor skin irritation and itching by neutralizing toxins and irritants on your skin’s surface.
Apply a paste made of baking soda and water to insect bites to help relieve itching. You can also try rubbing the dry powder onto your skin. This is also effective for itchy rashes.
Baking Soda is a natural exfoliant. It is inexpensive and gentle on the skin.
A paste made from three parts of baking soda combined with one part water can be used as an exfoliator for your face and body. Because this mixture is so alkaline, this isn’t recommended daily and is better as an occasional exfoliator.
Baking soda is one of the best natural deodorizers. It helps to treat mild to severe body odor by absorbing moisture and sweat from the skin. Being an antibacterial agent, it also helps kill bacteria that give rise to body odor.
Combine a ⅛ teaspoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of water and a few drops of any essential oil. Use a cotton ball to rub it on your underarms or areas where you sweat excessively. Use it regularly to fight body odor.
7. Hair Cleanser
Baking soda is a great cleaning agent for your hair. It easily lifts oils, discolorations, and buildup on your scalp from hair products like conditioners and hair sprays.
Rinse hair with about half a teaspoon of baking powder dissolved in water to fight chlorine discoloration. You can also sprinkle a small amount on your scalp and brush for a quick and easy dry shampoo. To remove buildup from your scalp, add 1 tablespoon of baking powder to your shampoo when you wash your hair.
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