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.}

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  1. Sarah at The Stroller Ballet says

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

  2. says

    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. :)

  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    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

  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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.

  8. says

    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.

  9. says

    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!!

  10. says

    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!

  11. says

    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 😀

  12. says

    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…

  13. says

    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!

  14. says

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

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

  15. Kristin says

    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!

  16. says

    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)

  17. says

    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.

  18. says

    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.

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