24 Fantastic Beauty Benefits of Baking Soda (That'll Save You A FORTUNE!)

24 Fantastic Beauty Benefits of Baking Soda (That'll Save You A FORTUNE!)

 

 
Pretty much everyone knows that baking soda is used for cooking. You might even know about using it as an odour neutraliser in your fridge or for various cleaning tasks around the home, but we bet you've not heard of all the beauty uses for baking soda.

Today we're sharing how you can use it for your face, teeth, hair, body, hands, and feet. You'll be amazed by what it can do!

Why is baking soda a beneficial beauty tool?

Not only is baking soda natural, but it has several properties than make it ideal for treating a multitude of beauty dilemmas. It's gentle but abrasive nature are ideal in the place of harsh exfoliators, and it can also help to deodorise to keep the body smelling fresh. It's alkaline pH is gentle on skin and has even been found to soothe and calm it.

For hands & feet

1. Remove hard skin on feet

feet
Get softer feet in an instant.

Your feet go through a lot, so it's important to look after them. Just as you would wash your hair, you should take time to soak your feet.

Take a large bowl big enough for both feet to fit in and pour in a few spoonfuls of baking soda. Fill it up with warm water and dip your feet in for 15-20 minutes. Exfoliate dead skin from the soles of your feet using more baking soda. Rub the powder into your skin in a circular motion.

2. Get soft hands

Baking soda will also work miracles for hard, dry skin on hands. 

Just make a paste that's 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Rub the paste onto your hands in a circular motion, then wash your hands so that all the baking soda is rinsed off. You can follow up with a moisturising hand cream for good measure. 

3. Clean fingernails

nails
No one wants yellow fingernails!

A nail brush will only clean so much of the grime under your nails. Use baking soda to get them sparkling. 

Dip a nail brush into a bowl of baking soda and scrub under nails and around the cuticles.

4. Remove calluses

Calluses can be painful, but you don't have to suffer! Take a bowl large enough for both feet and add 1tbsp of baking soda and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Soak your feet in the water for 10-20 minutes.

Next, make up a paste of 3 parts baking soda, 1 part water and 1 part brown sugar and use to exfoliate. The mixture will scrub the calluses away. Finish treatment with a foot cream.

17. Removing stains from hands 

Baking soda not only exfoliates, but it also has brightening properties. This makes it great for removing stains from the skin caused by things like spices. Mix together equal parts baking soda and liquid castile soap. Scrub hands clean and watch the stains disappear!  

Baking soda for hair 

5. Addvolume to hair

voluminous hair
Who wouldn't want thicker hair?

Volumising shampoos never really do what they promise on the packaging but could a baking soda shampoo do the trick? Get the results you want by adding 2 tsp of baking soda to your favourite shampoo and wash your hair as normal.

6. Homemade dry shampoo

Stuck in a pinch? Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda to your scalp and rub in with your fingertips to absorb unwanted shine. 

7. Clean hairbrushes

This one isn't technically a use for your hair, but hair brushes come pretty close! 

Remove as much hair as you can from the brush first and then prepare to wash. Fill a bowl (large enough to fit your hairbrushes) with warm water. Add 1 tsp of baking soda and soak the brushes for 20 minutes. Remove the brushes from the water and leave to dry on a towel. 

If there's any leftover grime, you can use an old toothbrush to scrub it away. 

8. Fix chlorine damaged hair 

chlorine hair
If there's one thing to hate about swimming...

Been swimming and just can't get rid of that awful smell? Baking soda can help to strip product build-up from hair and neutralise odours. Use a 1:1 ratio of liquid castile soap and baking soda. As the powder will be stripping product from your hair, you'll want to use plenty of conditioner afterwards.

It's also thought that baking soda can help promote hair growth because of the way that it strips product build-up. It could be worth a try! 

9. Hair removal 

razor
Ditch the razor!

Remove hair naturally and without all the pain of waxing with this natural solution. Mix together 2 parts baking soda with 1 part turmeric and then add a few teaspoons of water to form a paste. Spread the mix on the patch of unwanted hair and leave to dry. 

Remove the dry paste by rubbing it off with your hands or a dry towel. Shower to remove any residue and colour left by the turmeric. 

Baking soda for the face

10. Baking soda face mask

Face masks are perfect for an at-home spa experience. Take some time to relax with this easy recipe. Mix together 1 tsp of baking soda and 2 tsp of coconut oil in a small bowl. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 5 minutes. Wash off with warm water, followed by cold water to close the pores. 

11. Face exfoliator 

face exfoliator
Get rid of all the dead skin cells!

For improved exfoliation, mix a small amount of baking soda into your favourite face cleanser. Exfoliate your face as normal, but take care to avoid the eye area.

Only use baking soda in your skincare routine once per week or you could dry your skin out. 

12. Get rid of blackheads

blackheads
Clear skin doesn't have to cost a fortune.

Getting rid of blackheads isn't easy. Baking soda is just what you need! Squeeze the juice of a lemon and mix with baking soda. Apply to the face and leave for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm and then cold water to close pores. 

13. Treat acne 

To cure acne, make up a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Apply the paste to each spot and leave on for 5-15 minutes until dry. Wash the paste off of your skin.

Alternatively, you could swap out the coconut oil in our face mask recipe for honey

14. DIY lip scrub

lips
Perfect for winter!

Chapped lips? Try this easy lip scrub: mix equal parts honey and baking soda (you could add sugar for a little more exfoliation). Apply the mixture to lips and rub gently in a circular motion. Don't forget to apply lip balm afterwards to keep them moisturised! 

15. Under-eye treatment

Baking soda has brightening properties that could help to get rid of dark circles.

Mix 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water until a paste is formed. Apply the paste to the undereye area using the back of a spoon and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Carefully rinse off, being careful not to rub it into your eyes. 

Be very careful to keep the paste away from the eye itself, you only want to apply it under the eye, away from the waterline.

Benefits for teeth 

22. Baking soda teeth whitening 

whitening toothpaste
Whitening toothpaste just doesn't cut it.

Are your teeth starting to look a little bit on the yellow side? Mash up a strawberry with a fork and mix with 1 tbsp of baking soda. Apply the mixture to your teeth with your finger. Try to leave it on your teeth for as long as you can - about 15 minutes should do the trick.  

23. How to make mouthwash

Mouthwash can be expensive, so why not make your own? Add 1 tbsp of baking soda to a glass of water, adding in a few drops of peppermint essential oil. 

24. Homemade baking soda toothpaste 

Go zero waste!

It's time to start brushing your teeth with baking soda! Make your own by mixing together 2 tbsp of coconut oil, 1 tbsp baking soda and 15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil. 

All-over body uses

16. Body scrub recipe

body scrub
Luxury products without the price tag.

The Homemade Experiment show us how it's done with this easy homemade body scrub. Unlike commercial scrubs, there are no chemicals or microbeads.

The recipe is simple, just 2 tbsp of baking soda and a few drops of your favourite essential oils. Mix in a little water until it resembles a thick paste. To use, rub in a circular motion all over the body and rinse. 

 

18. Fake tan remover 

Fake tan is wonderful, until you're left with patches of orange on your ankles and elbows. If no matter how much you scrub, it won't go away, it's time to turn to baking soda.

Mix together 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water and scrub in a circular motion on any patch you want to blend out. 

19. Baking soda deodorant 

baking soda deodorant
No hidden nasties!

Did you know that baking soda works its magic as a deodorant too? Thank Your Body has created the perfect recipe for keeping odours at bay. All you need is: 

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup arrowroot powder
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil 

20. How to get rid of dark underarms

Dark underarms bringing you down? Mix together 1 tsp baking coconut oil to 2 tsp baking soda until it forms a paste. Rub onto the underarm area in a circular motion and leave for 5 minutes. Rinse off. 

21. Bath soak for soft skin

Baking soda is perfect for baths! Pour 1 cup full into a hot bath and swirl into the water. The soda will treat rashes, chickenpox, and sunburn - how magical is that?

 

Have you ever tried using bicarbonate of soda for anything other than cooking? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below!
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Joanne A

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Expert in finding beautiful solutions for small and rented spaces. Would happily spend the rest of my life shopping for homewares and watching Disney movies - I only wish I had Cinderella's army of mice to help me clean!

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