Monday, June 4, 2012

Baking Soda = Miracles!

Oh my gosh, it has been awhile since my last post!

But, I was recently inspired today while I was pondering all of the absolutely amazing things one can do with baking soda. In all honesty, I use baking soda every day. Whether I am cooking, cleaning, or beautifying myself, baking soda seems to be an ever present miracle worker in my daily routine. Baking soda only costs about 3$ for Arm & Hammer, and the store brands are even cheaper and work just as well (I am currently using the Meijer brand) Here are my favorite ways to use it!

Whiten your teeth with ease!
Two to three times a week I incorporate baking soda into my daily dental routine. After flossing, I load up my toothbrush with my normal amount of toothpaste, wet it down with water from the sink, then I sprinkle baking soda right on top of my toothpaste and brush my teeth as normal. While the taste leaves something to be desired, I can definitely notice a brighter smile, and (bonus!) baking soda neutralizes odors, meaning that you aren't covering up bad breath, you are actually neutralizing the bacteria that causes it!
NOTE: Only do this (like I said) two to three times I week. I have been sticking to two lately, as baking soda (if used constantly) can be abrasive and harm the natural enamel on your teeth. Be cautious!

Whiten your nails!
Mix 2 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide, mix until it forms a paste. Using a Q-Tip, apply the paste to each nail, and leave on for 1-3 minutes, depending on desired whiteness. Wash off with water, and voila! Whiter nails! Easy Peasy!
NOTE: Again, using this solution daily can be abrasive! I would whiten your nails every four to six weeks, just to be safe!

Get rid of hair product residue!
This is one of my favorite beauty tricks! Once a week, I like to mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with my shampoo when I am in the shower, and wash my hair as normal, then follow up with conditioner. The baking soda eliminates any residue left behind from styling product buildup, and leaves your hair squeaky clean and super manageable!

Exfoliate your skin!
Once a week I mix about 1/2 tablespoon with my face wash (currently I am using Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser), mix it in my hand with my finger, then apply to my cheeks and forehead, and scrub in small circular motions, then rinse. The texture is that of small grains of sand, and my absolute favorite way to exfoliate!

There are so many natural ways to incorporate baking sonda into your daily routine, and it is a natural, child and pet safe product that is cheap and easy to use. I'm sure you could find a lor more ways to beautify yourself with baking soda, these are just my favorites that I do every week. Also, my all-natural DIY dry shampoo has baking soda, the recipe can be found in my first post! If you have any questions, please comment!