When you’re on a budget, all those expensive hair and beauty products look fantastic. Their packaging and their infomercials tell you all the magical things that they can do for you while you hear the angels singing in the background. You really don’t need them, though. And to prove it, here are four things you can do with one box of simple baking soda. You’ll kick yourself when you realize everything this little wonder can do.
Okay, so baking soda is gritty. Unlike some substances that dissolve in water, baking soda keeps that grittiness. When you make a paste with baking soda and water, you have a perfect scrub. You don’t need to measure, either, just add a little bit of water at a time until you have a pasty consistency. Got dry elbows? Use this paste. Dry lips? Flaky skin? Rough heels? All of these problems can be solved with baking soda paste. Rub the paste very gently into the dry or rough area and then rinse away. Follow with moisturizer.
Makeup Tool Cleaner
I used to use the same makeup cleanser that I used on my skin on my makeup brushes. (I was young and foolish.) Then I graduated to using shampoo, either my own or baby shampoo. But I could never seem to get all of the shampoo rinsed out, and let’s face it. I’m lazy. So I needed a brush cleaner that was effective, fast, and that rinsed out completely. Enter baking soda. Shake a few teaspoons into a glass or bowl of warm water, mix it in, and then swish your makeup brushes in the baking soda and water. Rinse well, let dry. It’s magical.
This is one of those tricks that is everywhere. And most people tell you to pour some baking soda into a handful of shampoo. Nope, not me. Lazy, remember? Plus I have really oily hair but I don’t need a clarifying shampoo all the time. So my solution is to do one quick wash with my shampoo. Then I follow that up with a little bit of baking soda in a glass that I fill with water straight from the showerhead. I tilt it over my head, let it rinse through my hair, then rub gently into my scalp. Follow with a rinse and conditioner.
Mouthwash and Toothpaste Replacement
You’ve probably heard about dipping your damp toothbrush into a bit of baking soda and then brushing with it. That works really well, by the way. It freshens your breath and the baking soda is a gentle exfoliator as long as you don’t press too hard with your brush. But pour a teaspoon or so into a glass of water and swish it in your mouth for a few seconds and you have a mouthwash, too.
Seriously, baking soda is less than a buck a box, and you can do so much with it! Give it a try and you’ll love the results.