If you have every skimmed through my site, you have probably already realized that I am an avid supporter of home remedies. It’s not that I have anything against products that you would find at your local, or not so local in some cases, beauty shops, but I just find that home remedies have always worked better. Trust me, with the amount of times I change my nail color a week, I don’t know where I would be without my nail polish remover. The whole using toothpaste as a nail polish remover never really floated my boat.
There are many cases, though, where home remedies have been much more useful then traditional beauty tools. The three main reasons that I feel that home remedies should be everyone’s go to is…1.) Cost effective 2.) Convenient 3.) THEY WORK!
Baking soda is one of my favorite home remedy ingredients, only taking second place to olive oil, and I’m in love with that stuff.
- Remove buildup. Mix a small palm-full of baking soda to your shampoo to remove buildup from conditioners, mousses and hairsprays.
- Dry shampoo. No time for a shampoo? Baking soda can be used as a dry shampoo when your hair is oily. Sprinkle some on your hair, comb through then quickly fluff your hair with a blow dryer.
- Chlorine-damaged tresses. Mix 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 pint warm water.
- Combs and brushes. Remove product and oil buildup by soaking your utensils in a bowl of warm water with about 3 tablespoons of baking soda. You can also add a splash of bleach.
- Facial Exfoliant. In the palm of your hand, mix some baking soda with your facial cleanser to make a gentle exfoliant. Use circular motions to apply gently then rinse as usual for very soft skin.
- Rough skin. This also works for the rough skin on elbows and feet. Make a thick paste with baking soda and water (about 3 parts baking soda to one part water) and scrub away.
- Shaving. A solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda in a cup of water works as a pre-shave product of aftershave rinse for men with sensitive skin.
- Tooth polish and whitener. Baking soda toothpastes have been long-time shelf staples for a reason. The baking soda works to freshen breathe and whiten and polish teeth. Dip a damp toothbrush in baking soda and brush away. My personal twist, dip a toothbrush with toothpaste in baking soda for mouth cleaning times two.
- Toothbrush. Soak your tooth brush in a mixture of water and baking soda and let it soak overnight.
- Soft cuticles. Scrubbing your nails or toenails with a nailbrush (or old toothbrush) dipped in baking soda will soften and gently exfoliate cuticles.