Although I wouldn’t consider myself a “hoarder” by any means, I like to save little knickknacks and find new uses by reusing them in creative ways. I once saved a cylindrical Victoria’s Secret perfume box and top and transformed it into a pen/pencil case to store in my school bag. Instead of clearing out your cabinet and throwing away an old box of baking soda you may not have used in a while, try these innovative ways of using it to revamp your health and beauty.
Add a teaspoon to your regular shampoo bottle. This will help to break down buildup from products like mousses and hairsprays.
Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 3 tablespoons of bleach to a sink of hot water. By soaking your brushes and combs that may be sticky from gels and hairsprays, the warm mixture with remove the chemicals and cleanse your styling tools.
Add 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water or liquid soap and massage onto hands to eliminate funky odors like cigarettes, garlic or fish.
Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda (and some flower petals for extra pampering!) to a warm foot bath to soothe tired feet. The tingling sensation will relax your muscles.
Add 4 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 quart water together to create a solution that you can soak a washcloth in. Use the saturated cloth to blot sunburn, windburn or poison ivy, but never on open skin.
Add baking soda to a nailbrush to clean and soften cuticles on your fingers and toes.
I definitely need to experiment with all of these home remedies and tricks involving simple baking soda. You can’t beat a product that can be used on your entire body and also used to cook with!
Do you use baking soda in your household for purposes other than cooking?