Discover 20 beauty benefits of baking soda for skin, hair and more in this article!
I’m sure you have a box of baking soda in your house right now! Baking soda is a household staple that has a myriad of uses – it is a very versatile product that you can use from baking to green cleaning. What’s more is that baking soda also has amazing beauty benefits!
In this post, we shall explore 20 beauty benefits of baking soda for skin, hair and more!
Where to Buy Baking Soda
It’s very important to know what you’re purchasing before you buy baking soda. Many people mistakenly buy and use baking powder instead of baking soda! Baking powder is not the same as baking soda! You can read more about it here: Difference between Baking Soda and Baking Powder for Skin & Beauty
You can purchase Arm & Hammer Baking Soda right from Amazon. It comes in a box so transfer the baking soda into an air tight glass jar after purchase to keep it fresh and clump-free.
Top 20 Beauty Benefits of Baking Soda
1. Face Cleanser
You can actually use baking soda as a natural face cleanser everyday! When mixed with water and applied to skin, it even feels soapy just like soap! It just lacks the rich lather that face washes provide. If you have clogged up skin, dry flaky skin or oily skin, use baking soda as a face wash!
Please go to my post on DIY Baking Soda Face Wash for full recipe with instructions.
2. Reduces Wrinkles
I recently shared a DIY Facial Mask to Make you Look 10 Years Younger. Guess what? This facial mask contains baking soda! Baking soda helps tighten and firm skin while smoothing out fine lines.
3. Exfoliates Dead Cells
Have you noticed the fine gritty texture of baking soda? It is so gently you can give your face an at-home microdermabrasion to get rid of icky dead cells and flaky skin.
Read this post How to Remove Dead Cells on your Face with Baking Soda
4. Skin Soother
Soothe irritated, itchy and bothered skin using baking soda! You can make a paste with it by combining it with water or simply dump a cup of it into a warm bath and soak for 20 min to calm your skin.
5. Hair Clarifier
Is your hair icky with product build-up? Get rid of it with baking soda! It is a scouring ingredient which removes impurities and gunk from the scalp.
- Hair Clarifier: Make a paste with ¼ cup baking soda and water. Scrub it on your scalp and hair then leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse off with an apple cider vinegar hair rinse: 1 cup of water mixed with 2 tsp apple cider vinegar.
6. Makes Hair Soft & Smooth
If your hair feels brittle and damaged, you can use baking soda to make it soft and smooth again! Simply stir 1 tbsp of baking soda in 1 cup of water then use it as your final hair rinse when washing your hair.
7. Natural Shampoo
I like using baking soda as a natural shampoo. It helps remove dirt and oils from the scalp and makes hair fluffy! Simply make a paste out of it with water and lemon juice then scrub onto your scalp. Follow up with an Apple Cider Vinegar hair rinse!
8. Poison Ivy Relief
One of the best remedies for poison ivy is baking soda! Simply make a paste of 1 tbsp baking soda and 2 tsp water then apply it on the poison ivy blisters. It’ll dry the blisters up fast and promote speedy healing!
9. Sunburn Relief
Got a sunburn? Ouch! Fortunately, baking soda is here to save the day. You can add 1 cup of baking soda to your bath to calm a sunburn or gently spray on a mixture of baking soda and water: Combine 1 cup water & 1 tbsp baking soda in a spray bottle.
10. Natural Deodorant
Several DIY Deodorant recipes use baking soda as one of the main ingredients. Why? Because it neutralizes bad odor and absorbs excess sweat! Check out my favorite DIY Deodorant recipe in the link!
11. Dry Shampoo
Did you know that you can use baking soda as dry shampoo? Just sprinkle it on your scalp then brush your hair and get ready to style your clean looking hair! It helps by absorbing excess oils and masking scalp odor.
12. Teeth Stain Remover
Another amazing beauty benefit of baking soda is that it is a powerful stain remover. Whether it’s for your bathroom sink or teeth! Here’s my Baking Soda Teeth Stain Remover and Whitening Recipe
13. Fights Foot Fungus
You can also get rid of foot fungus using baking soda. Apply a baking soda paste on the affected nail and keep it on for 15 minutes. To make things simpler, you can also soak your feet in a foot tub containing a gallon of hot water, ¼ cup baking soda, 2 tbsp Epsom salts and ¼ cup lemon juice. This will be sure to kill the foot fungus if done every day for 1-2 weeks.
14. Fixes Swimmer’s Hair
If you go swimming without a shower cap and you have blonde hair, you might end up with a greenish tint to your hair. Not to worry though, baking soda can take care of this! Coat your hair with a baking soda paste and leave it on for 15 minutes then rinse off. Repeat for 3-5 days until all of the discoloration is gone.
15. Makeup Brush Cleaner
Did you know that you can cheaply and naturally clean your makeup brushes using baking soda? Yup! Simply make a solution of baking soda and water then soak your brushes for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water then let them air dry. And voila! Clean makeup brushes!
16. Fights Bad Breath
Baking soda can get rid of stinky breath as well! Make a mouthwash with it or toothpaste to get the funk out of your mouth.
- Mouth Rinse: In a cup of warm water, dissolve 1 tbsp baking soda and 1 tsp sea salt then add 2 drops of peppermint essential oil. Use as mouthwash.
17. Detox Bath
Give yourself a beautifying detox bath using baking soda! It removes dead cells, cleanses pores deeply and keeps skin smooth.
- Beautifying Detox Bath: Run a warm bath and dump in 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup Epsom salts and 2 tbsp coconut oil. You can also sprinkle a handful of rose petals in the bath. Soak for 20 minutes.
18. Blackhead Remover
Another well-known beauty benefit of baking soda is that it helps remove black heads. Mix it with water and lemon juice to form a paste and scrub onto black heads to help remove them. This works best after a facial steaming session.
19. Softens Calluses
Soften rough and tough skin with calluses using baking soda. You can make a hand or foot scrub with baking soda or simply soak your hands/feet in a solution of warm water and baking soda. This will help remove dead cells, flaky skin and soften hard skin.
20. Reduces Acne
Baking soda reduces acne by drying out the pimples and getting rid of excess oils on the skin. It can also get rid of acne scars with its exfoliating properties.
- Acne Treatment: Make a paste by combining 2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp honey and ½ tsp lemon juice from a fresh lemon. Apply this onto your face gently and let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing off. Use this treatment twice a week.
Incorporate baking soda in your daily beauty regimen for radiant skin, hair and health!