Nowadays it’s not often that you’re buying anything of substance for $1.00. But one of my favorite items to swoop up at the store costs just that – and it can be used for, like, everything. You can bake with it, clean with it, make it a part of your skincare regimen… the list goes on & on. Do you know what it is?
Yes. It’s Baking Soda. Whoever controls branding for this stuff should probably consider a name change, because this soda is goddamn universal. If you’re on the internet, chances are you’ve probably seen things about it before, but I’m about to share some of my favorite uses with you.
My number one use for this little can (box, bag, whatever) of supernatural powder is whitening my teeth. Back in the day, I would occasionally go spend some ridiculous amount of money on Crest White Strips and suffer through those things oozing a foul taste into my mouth and causing random shooting pains through my whole lower face. I mean like – shocking, searing pain. You know what I’m talking about? Never again. All I do now, is sprinkle a little bit of Baking Soda (let’s go with BS from this point on for abbreviation) over top of the toothpaste on my toothbrush, and get to brushing. I have people asking me on a regular basis if I get my teeth whitened, including my new dentist. BS works wonders with removing surface stains. Just use it in moderation. You don’t need to use it every day, and really probably shouldn’t. Over use could lead to damage of your enamel.
Here are 5 of my other favs for BS use at home:
- Exfoliant- A bottle of exfoliating scrub, for your face and/or body, will often cost you a solid little chunk of cash. BS makes for a great exfoliant that can be used all over your bod, including the face. All you have to do is pour some into your palm or a small dish, and add small amounts of water until it forms a paste. Scrub your skin with the paste, using gentle, circular motions.
- Hair Cleanser- If your hair is suffering from build up, say you were just in a wedding or something and had gobs of hairspray and styling gel forming a rat nest on your head, BS can give you a nice deep cleanse. Simply add a little bit to your shampoo while it’s in your palms and wash hair as normal. You can also use it as a dry shampoo. Just sprinkle a little on the roots and tousle your hair. One more thing – use BS to keep your brushes & combs clean, which is an important part of caring for your hair! Fill the appropriate sized bowl with warm water, add a little BS (a tsp or so), and let your brush soak. After soaking, give a good rinse and allow to dry before using.
- Bath Soak- BS is right up there with Epsom Salts when it comes to a good bath soak. It can neutralize acids on the skin and help wash away oils & impurities, leaving you with soft, silky skin. Add about a 1/2 cup of BS to your bath water, swish it around and hop in.
- Surface Cleaning- I use this all the time when cleaning my kitchen & bathrooms. Get a 16 oz spray bottle. Add 1 2/3 cups BS, 1/2 cup dish soap, 1/2 cup water, and 2 tbs white vinegar. Spray and scrub the tub, wipe countertops, clean out the sink… whatever. It’s miraculous. And won’t give you inhalation-related brain damage.
- Fruit & Veggie Scrub- Even our organic produce needs good wash. Who knows where your food has been and what it has touched from point A to Point B. Gross. Stock up on some clean sponges or, better yet, buy a scrub brush made for cleaning fruits and vegetables. Sprinkle some BS on your wet sponge or brush, and get rid of the funk coating your goods.
Does anyone else use this stuff like it’s your job? Please share.