Friday, 14 June 2013

Favorite Thing Friday: Baking Soda

Yes, here we are again. Another Favorite Thing Friday post, and as you can see, I've opted to feature another product that is cost efficient, found in the kitchen, and has multiple uses.

This week, I've used Baking Soda for so many fabulous things that I just had to share them.

1 - As a teeth whitener
Dip your toothbrush in a little bit of baking soda after you've added your regular toothpaste to the brush (I keep a little jar of baking soda it in my bathroom for this purpose). Brush the front teeth first, so that they get the most baking soda on them, and brush your teeth as you usually would. Only do this for about a week at a time though because it can be hard on your teeth. Within just a couple of days I was noticing results and my mouth felt refreshed!

2- To clear drains
My boyfriend is pretty messy in the kitchen and I often have to remind him that no, a full pan of leftover, expired lasagna cannot be washed down the drain and that it actually has to be thrown out into the garbage. I am also aware of the fact that having longer hair and being a regular self-groomer, that there is the potential for my hair to clog up drains - bathroom drains, specifically.

Simply pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup of vinegar, let sit for 15 minutes with the drain stop in, and add then pour down about three cups of boiling hot water. I did this in all of my drains just the other day. I felt so useful knowing that I was proactively taking care of my house and protecting myself from potentially expensive plumbing bills!

3- As a facial scrub
I suffered from some serious skin problems just over a year ago. I didn't want to go on Acutance, so I settled for a few antibiotics from the doctor - which were very helpful - but I was still breaking out, especially when I was hormonal. Until I discovered baking soda as a face cleanse. It works SO WELL. I've hardly broke out at all since I've started using it and in fact is probably my most favorite non-conventional use of baking soda.

Mix some baking soda and water together (about three parts baking soda and one part water) and gently rub in a circular motion on your face. Let it sit for about 30 seconds to a minute (I let mine sit while I am brushing my teeth, with baking soda) and then rinse. To remove leftover dirt and makeup, wipe a 50/50 mix of Apple Cider Vinegar and water on a cotton ball and you will feel naturally beautified.

Since I've started doing this, my skin has never felt so soft or been so clear!

4- In your hair
I've tried this two ways - once with just baking soda and water, and another by adding baking soda to my  regular shampoo. I have to say that overall, I liked the latter better. Baking soda helps to thoroughly cleanse your hair and remove excess build up. It will also leave you hair feeling more voluminous, healthy and shiny. When I add baking soda to my shampoo, I feel more comfortable not washing it for about four days (read about how I trained my hair to get to that point in the first place, here).

There are of course so many other great ways to Baking Soda, but these are just some of the ways I’ve used it this week!

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I hope you enjoyed this post, and thanks for reading!