Baking Soda for Personal Care

IMG_3009Baking Soda is such an amazing and versatile product I think it needs to be on the number one list of ‘must have’ products for everyone!

Along with its many other uses we have been looking at in Baking Soda for a Natural Clean, and in Baking Soda for a Natural Clean 2, Baking Soda is also a healthy and safe substitute for many toxin laden products used in our Personal Care regime. Here are some ways you can use Baking Soda in personal care.

Mouthpieces & Dentures – Soak in a glass of water with 2 teaspoons of Baking Soda added to freshen and neutralize odors. They can also be brushed using Baking Soda.

Antacid – Baking Soda is a safe and effective antacid to relieve heartburn, acid stomach or indigestion. I use ½ to 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda in a glass of water, and repeat if necessary.

Hand Cleaner and Softener – Instead of using harsh soaps, gently scrub away ground-in dirt and neutralize odors on hands using a paste of 3 parts Baking Soda to 1 part water or 3 parts Baking Soda to 1 part of a gentle liquid soap. Rinse when clean.

Bath Soak – Add ½ cup of Baking Soda to the bath water to neutralize acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration, and soften skin. Epsom salts make a wonderful bath soak too.

Relieve Insect Bites – Make a simple paste of warm water and baking soda and apply as a salve onto affected skin. …the itch will be gone. Or alternatively, shake some dry Baking Soda onto damp skin.

Shampoo – Many people swear by the simplicity of Baking Soda as shampoo that’s finished off with an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse.

Keep your Brushes and Combs Clean – Baking soda is great to help naturally remove oils, build up, and residue on your combs and brushes. Simply soak in a solution of water and baking soda (about 1 tsp of baking soda to a cup of water). Rinse and dry thoroughly.

Relieve Diaper Rash – Put two tablespoons of Baking Soda in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.

Pamper your Feet – Soaking your feet in a Baking Soda solution will help soothe and soften tired feet. Mix 3 tablespoons of Baking Soda into a small tub of warm water and soak. This will also deodorize smelly feet, leaving them feeling soft and odor free.

Freshen Breath – Mix 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda in half a glass of water. Swish in your mouth, spit it out, and rinse. This is an easy mouth wash that neutralizes odors rather than just covering them up.

Polish your Teeth – For a sparkling smile, brush teeth with a paste of Baking Soda and water. Or make a great, healthy, alternative to store bought fluoride toothpaste by mixing equal parts of Baking Soda and Coconut Oil, with a few drops of spearmint essential oil added.

Deodorant – Mix equal parts of Baking Soda and either arrowroot or rice flour into a paste. Add some essential oil of your choice, ie lemon or rosemary or ylang-ylang. Or leave as a dry dusting powder for underarms and other sweaty areas.

Relieve Skin Irritation – Add a cup of Baking Soda to bathwater to soften your skin and relieve skin irritations.

Facial Scrub and exfoliant – This is a simple way to gently get rid of dead skin: mix 3 parts of baking soda to 1 part water. Rub gently in a circular motion and then rinse clean.

Silky-Smooth Skin – For fresh, silky-smooth skin, dissolve half a cup Baking Soda in your bathwater. Relax and soak!

Sunburn and Windburn – Dissolve Baking Soda into a tepid bath and soak for a while to relieve the pain of sunburn or windburn.

Detox – Baking Soda is said to absorb radiation and heavy metals, while at the same time alkalizing the body, making it amazing for detoxing.

Do you use Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) for Personal Care?

What other ideas do you have for using Baking Soda?