Baking soda is a natural and safe product that has hundreds of uses around the home. It turns out that you can actually incorporate baking soda into your bedtime and personal hygiene routine on a number of levels, too. Here are ten ways to do it that I learned about as an Arm & Hammer ambassador.
10 Ways To Use Baking Soda For Personal Hygiene
Though you should consult a doctor prior to using baking soda as an antacid (especially if on a sodium-restricted diet), it does ease symptoms related to heartburn and indigestion. Add 1/2 teaspoon to 1/2 glass of water every two hours or as directed by a physician.
2. Mouth Freshening
Drop a teaspoon into a half-glass of water, swish, spit and rinse for fresh breath.
3. Mouth Cleaning And Plaque Removal
Though you could dab a baking soda directly on to your toothbrush, it’s much easier to use Arm & Hammer’s oral care products. I was sent a sample of the Arm & Hammer Sensitive whitening toothpaste from the makers of Orajel. It’s low abrasion and gentle on enamel which is great for someone like me who has had gum graft surgery. It penetrates deep down into the crevices between your teeth and gums to remove up to 5X more plaque in hard-to-reach places vs. ordinary toothpaste.
Oh, and my kid is obsessed with her new Tooth Tunes One Direction-singing toothbrush. Really. I’m blown away by how much longer (she brushes her teeth without me nagging. Music plays for a full two minutes.
4. Refreshing Bath Soak
For silky smooth skin and a big dose of relaxation, add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the bathtub
Baking soda naturally absorbs odors instead of covering them up. It’s probably less messy to buy deodorant versus sprinkling it under your arms but you can give it a go.
6. Foot Soak
Prep for a pedicure by soaking feet in water containing dissolved baking soda. Or, make a paste and scrub away the dead skin.
7. Brushes and Combs
Grab a small bowl of water and add about a teaspoon of baking soda in order to remove natural oil build-up and styling product residue off brushes and combs.
8. Hair Care
Sprinkle baking soda into your hand in an amount about the size of a quarter and rub it into your hair along with your favorite shampoo. The baking soda gets rid of difficult residue left behind by styling products so that your hair is cleaner and more manageable.
9. Oral Appliance Soak
Not only does baking soda neutralize odors on retainers and dentures, but it also helps loosen food particles. Use about two teaspoons in a small bowl of water and a brush to help, if necessary.
10. Facial & Body Exfoliator
With three parts baking soda to one part of water, scrub away dead skin cells to leave it glowing before moisturizing or even treatments like self-tanning.
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The one thing I never thought I’d be hunting down in Hong Kong is a Tooth Tunes One Direction toothbrush to replace the one I was sent by Arm & Hammer as a part of their ambassador program. Despite plenty of reminders, I forgot to pack it during our trip and boy did I ever hear about it.
*This post is sponsored by Arm & Hammer though opinions here can’t be bought.