Baking soda (chemical name sodium bicarbonate) is a fine white powder which is often used in household. Baking soda has numerous purposes, and is used since the time before Christ - the ancient Egyptians used the natural form of baking soda as soap and for preserving mummies. Today it is used for cooking, polishing, removal of odor, heartburn treatment - that are at least the best known ways to use, but there are many more.
Baking soda found its place in the preparation of homemade cosmetics - just as effective and much cheaper and probably healthier.
For facial skin
Facial cleanser - Make a paste of 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of water. Wash your face with warm water and rub this paste into your skin with gentle, circular motions, and after a few minutes, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. With this paste you can even remove make up.
If you suffer from acne problems, baking soda is a great natural remedy for their treatment. For this treatment you need one tablespoon of baking soda and warm water to form a paste. After you have thoroughly washed your face, apply the resulting paste and leave on for 5-10 minutes, then rinse your face with lukewarm water.
Whitening facial mask - Mix the juice of half lemon, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply this mask on freshly washed face, and let it sit for 5-15 minutes. When you go to rinse the mask, do it gently with circular movements to also exfoliate the skin. This is an ideal mask for brightening the skin, especially for people who have some type of hyperpigmentation (sun, acne or aging).
Deep cleansing shampoo - From time to time the hair needs cleansing from all layers of shampoos, conditioners and various products that we use. The easiest way to do that is to put in the shampoo half a teaspoon of baking soda and wash your hair with it.
Hair dye remover - Also, if you accidentally dyed your hair a shade too dark, do not immediately run to the hairdresser, but try to wash out the color with baking soda. Mix equal amounts of shampoo and baking soda and stir well. Wet your hair with warm water, but be careful not to burn yourself - as the water temperature is higher, this paste will be more effective. Rub the paste on your hair thoroughly, leave for a few minutes, rinse and nourish hair with conditioner or mask.
Dry shampoo - If you are in a hurry and don't have time to wash your hair, you can use baking soda. Apply a small amount of baking soda, as needed, and the amount depends on how much greasy is your hair. Then just shake well and comb your hair.
Toothpaste - If you want to try a completely natural toothpaste, mix baking soda with a 3% hydrogen, in such quantities to obtain a paste. This paste will make your teeth whiter, but it is not recommended to use too often, because it can damage tooth enamel.
Mouthwash - You can make a mouthwash too! In a small glass of water put a teaspoon of baking soda, and rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth. This is especially convenient for people who do not want alcohol in mouthwash, as well for children, because it is not spicy.
Body scrub - Baking soda can also be used as a natural scrub. To do this, you need 15 g of baking soda, 30 g of oat flour and 20 ml of water. Mix well all ingredients and rub the skin with gentle, circular motions and then rinse thoroughly.
Natural deodorant - Mix a small amount of baking soda with water, make a paste and apply underarm. Soda dries out your skin so you can easily cope with the problems of sweating.
Detox bath - Bath for detoxification is the perfect way to get rid of toxins from the body and restore a natural shine of stressed skin. For a detoxifying bath is necessary to add water to approximately 130 g of soda and 130 g of Epsom salts. Relax in this healthy bath and enjoy for half hour.
Foot bath - In hot water, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and one tablespoon of salt. Relax and soak for 15 to 20 minutes. This mixture will remove all dirt, and for extra care you can also use scrub to remove dead skin cells.
Nail fungus treatment - If you have nail fungus, mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with tablespoon of water and apply this paste on the nail and leave on for 10-15 minutes. The procedure needs to be repeated 2-3 times a day until the infection is removed.