Beauty Buzz | 6 Baking Soda Beauty Tips

Last Wednesday, I spent a blissful day with Cousin Kat.  We shared the morning at a live taping of the season finale of The Martha Stewart Show with a performance from Rufus and Martha Wainwright, enjoyed a cocktail lunch at Elmo, then headed downtown to SoHo for some shopping and afternoon tea at the Crosby Street Hotel courtesy of ARM & HAMMER®.

We were blown away by the baking soda beauty tips we learned that I’ve added the all-natural, $1 carton of baking soda to my list of must-have beauty products and had to share:

Facial Scrub & Body Exfoliant
For smooth, radiant skin, make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1-part water.  Rub in a circular motion to exfoliate and rinse clean.  Or, add a pinch or two of baking soda to your facial cleanser. Gentle enough for daily use.  I’ll be using this technique before visiting Gotham Glow.

Hair Product Build-up Removal
Sprinkle a small amount (quarter-size) of baking soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo.  Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly.  ARM & HAMMER® helps remove the residue that styling products leave behind so your hair is more manageable.

Soothing Bath Soak
For a relaxing ending to a long day by adding 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath for a relaxing and refreshing soak.  Your skin will feel silky smooth.

Home Pedicure Foot Soak
Start your home pedicure by dissolving three tablespoons of baking soda in a basin of warm water and soak feet, then gently scrub with a paste of baking soda.

Pearly Whites
For a gleaming smile, brush teeth with baking soda.  Just sprinkle baking soda into your palm, dip a damp toothbrush into it, and brush.  For a refreshing mouth rinse, use 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water.  Swish solution through teeth and rinse.

Natural Deodorant
Dust baking soda under arms as needed to feel fresh all day.  The baking soda actually absorbs odors instead of just covering them up.

I’ve been using ARM & HAMMER® on my face, body, and hair and it’s seriously as good as any more expensive product I’ve ever used.  I also tried it on my teeth but I think it’s too soon to notice a difference.

You can see the full list of baking soda solutions here, including clever ways to clean up after the kids, and download coupons here.

Do you have an inexpensive beauty secret?

{I received complimentary product from ARM & HAMMER® for consideration.  I was not compensated for this post.}


  1. I will definitely try some of these…love me some exfoliation!!

  2. I love baking soda!! I think it’s the ultimate do all. These are some great suggestions.

  3. I’m really excited to test out baking soda as an exfoliant and bath wash – who knew? Thanks for the tips.

  4. Cole
    Twitter: ColeEmmett

    I misread that first paragraph and got all excited for a second because I thought you had lunch WITH Elmo… A little baking soda in the diaper pail helps with odors, too. :)

  5. liz
    Twitter: bellebeandog

    How cool is that! I had NO idea there were this many other uses for the stuff.

  6. You and your cousin look so gorgeous and fresh-faced in that pic!

    Those are some neat tips – who knew Baking Soda could be used for all of those things?!!

    My inexpensive beauty secret is Vaseline – it’s the perfect makeup remover (esp. pesky eye makeup) and also great for moisturizing those rough/dry areas like elbows and knees.

  7. So….I just did the baking soda exfoliation. I came by early for a quick sec and saw the tip, so when I hopped into the shower I just dumped a few tablespoons in a cup and then worked a small amount into my cleanser. Hello magic and yet super cheap fix!

    Just had to stop in again to tell you! xo

  8. I love that picture of you and cousin Kat! Beautiful. And… wow!!!! Didn’t know that baking soda does all those things. I knew about the teeth whitening, but all the other beauty tips… NICE. I’m going to try the facial because after staying up late this last week of classes, my dry and tired looking face is going to need it. And I’m going to try the shampoo thing too. My hairdresser will be surprised when I bring baking soda along for my wash and blow out. LOL.

  9. Some of this I knew, but the deodorant? I had no clue!

  10. Barbara
    Twitter: babspinfrance

    My still swears by baking soda not only for beauty but also for cleaning. I have to say though, I was always a bit hesistant on jumping on the bandwagon. I guess I might have to give it a try!

  11. Jenny Moyett
    Twitter: babblingofmommy

    Great tips! Mine would have to be Vaseline. It’s an excellent for dry rough skin and quick lip moisturizer too.

  12. Patty
    Twitter: nycpatty

    Great suggestions!
    I can’t wait to try some of them. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Lanae
    Twitter: snackygirl

    I am crazy about baking soda for use around the home…and have heard of people using it on their teeth but all the other hair and skin uses you suggest are new to me! Very cool.

  14. Kim
    Twitter: lilblksunshine

    I love baking soda! I use it for my teeth especially. You can also sprinkle baking soda in your laundry as its washing. It eliminates odor.

  15. YUMMommy
    Twitter: yummommies

    It’s amazing the great purposes that simple things like baking soda can have. It’s great to add to your whites as well to keep them bright and remove stains!!

  16. Amber
    Twitter: natertotblog

    What fantastic tips. I had heard of a couple of these, but didn’t realize there were SO many uses for baking soda. I’ll be trying a bunch of these out!

  17. WOW! I didn’t know that baking soda was capable of all of this. I’m definitely going to try some of this stuff out myself :D

  18. Who knew baking soda to be so versatile? Thanks for the info. I shall definitely start to include it in my beauty regimen!

  19. anna
    Twitter: anna_sandler

    it is astounding to me that baking soda can do all this, but i tried a lot of these tips and they really do work! who knew…

  20. Very fun list! I love a good home remedy, especially when it doesn’t involve vinegar! :)

  21. Man, I don’t use baking soda for anything except cooking – I’m clearly out of the loop!

  22. I did know about a couple of these but had no idea it could be used to help remove build up of those beauty products we use in the shower! Great tips!

  23. Charlotte
    Twitter: MyPixieBlog

    Amazing! Who woulda’ thunk it?? I never knew that baking soda can be used in so many ways. Thanks for sharing these tips; I will definitely try some of them out!

    Hope you’re having a great week, girl! *HUGS*

    Also, you both look so adorable in that pic!

  24. Kerri
    Twitter: SavvyMomNYC

    I never thought of using it as a facial cleanser. Great tips!

    Yakini – you stole my Vaseline idea! – love that inexpensive product too!

  25. Yeah, so I’m not giving up deodorant anytime soon, but I love all the other tips! Especially the one with shampoo!

  26. Heather
    Twitter: girlgonemom

    Baking soda has to be the most amazing product ever – so many uses from beauty, to cleaning and deodorizing.

  27. I never thought to use it as an exfoliant! I usually use corn meal with honey, but I’m going to give this a shot now too. Thanks!

  28. love this post! i just bought 4 boxes of baking soda (i needed more items to even out my item to coupon ratio in a transaction)

  29. I grew up using baking soda as toothpaste, and didn’t have a cavity til I was in my 20s using fancy toothpaste. I had no idea you could use it for all that other stuff.

  30. Who knew this little yellow box had so much promise. Thanks for the tips and hope you had a swell mom’s day.

  31. classycareergirl
    Twitter: classycareer

    Who knew how much could be done with baking soda! Thanks for sharing! Happy Mother’s Day!

  32. Very cool! And you both look great (although I don’t know if you had had the chance to try it all yet). I’ve heard that baking soda can clean silver by lining a bowl with aluminum foil and pouring in boiling water.

  33. A Mommy in the City
    Twitter: amommyinthecity

    I didn’t know that baking soda had all of these uses! I am going to start using it for my face!



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