If you’re like a lot of us, a glance under your bathroom and kitchen sinks will reveal rows of pricey, half-used beauty and cleaning products that promised to change your life, but did little more than put a huge dent in your wallet.
Because, the truth is, sometimes the only thing really “new” about new-fangled products is the bottle they come in. And so-called “old fashioned” solutions often give you far more bang for your buck.
In fact, give us just a couple of minutes and we bet your new favorite beauty and cleaning product will be an old standby your grandmother always kept on hand: baking soda!
Old school baking soda beauty tricks
You can spend a hundred bucks on a half-dozen beauty products, or you can buy one cheap box of baking soda and accomplish all of the same tasks.
Squeaky clean hair:
Products can weigh your hair down making it look limp and flat even when you wash it regularly. But baking soda can restore the bounce. Add about a teaspoon of the powder to your favorite shampoo, and wash as usual. All the built up residue from sprays, gels and other hair products will wash right out leaving you with shiny, healthy-looking hair.
Sparkling clean hair brushes:
Baking soda can strip away all that built up product from your hair brushes and combs too. Soak the brushes in warm water mixed with one teaspoon of baking soda for about 20 minutes, and let air dry.
Bouncy beautiful hair:
Hair need a between washings lift? Make baking soda your go-to solution. Just sprinkle a pinch or three of baking soda onto your roots, tousle, and go. The soda will act like a dry shampoo, absorbing any oils that are weighing your hair down, and leaving it bouncy and beautiful.
Silky smooth skin:
Don’t settle for flaky, dry skin. Baking soda makes an affordable, all over exfoliator that will leave your skin silky and smooth. Simply mix one part water with three parts baking soda into a paste. Smooth on wherever your skin’s getting flaky, using easy, circular motions. Baking soda is gentle enough to remove the dry skin from your face and strong enough to tackle your elbows and heels too!
Deodorize and ease achy feet:
After a long day, soothe and deodorize your sweaty, aching feet by mixing one half cup of baking soda into a basin of warm water. Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes—or until the water cools—and pat dry. Finish with your favorite lotion.
From irritated dry winter skin to itchy summer sunburns, baking soda is your skin’s best friend. Add one cup of baking soda to a warm tub, climb in and soak your skin cares away. The baking soda soothes irritated skin and takes the sting out of rashes and mild burns. Air dry and finish up with your favorite moisturizer.
Baking soda solutions for around the house
You’re already using baking soda in your recipes. Perhaps you’ve even tried it in your laundry. But that’s just the beginning of the ways you can use baking soda around the house.
Clean kitchen counters:
Step away from the toxic kitchen cleansers and reach for the baking soda instead. Simply sprinkle the powder on your counters, scrub with a sponge or cleaning cloth and rinse. The baking soda will leave your counters sparkling clean without having to resort to dangerous chemicals.
Remove hard water stains:
Don’t hide the spotty glassware because hard water stains makes them look old and dirty. Make a paste out of baking soda and vinegar. Rub it on the glasses, let sit for 15 minutes and rinse with clean water. Baking soda is powerful enough to clean your everyday glassware, but gentle enough for your fine crystal, too.
Polish the silver:
Need to shine up the silver? Make a non-toxic silver polish out of three parts baking soda and one part water. Rub the paste onto the silver, let sit for 20 minutes and rinse for a gorgeous (safe) shine.
“Wash” your unwashables:
Carpets, mattresses and upholstered furniture all collect dust, dirt and smells but seldom get cleaned. Clean and deodorize your cloth-covered household items by sprinkling baking soda liberally over their surfaces. Let sit for several hours, or overnight then vacuum.
Modern living can make life easier than it used to be, but sometimes the time-tested traditional solutions are still the best answer. Save a bundle by giving safe “old-fashioned” baking soda a try.