Yes, you can pamper yourself for just $1! How? Grab a box of baking soda. You may already know that this kitchen staple is ideal for absorbing fridge odors or getting rid of laundry stains, but it’s also a surprisingly multi-purpose beauty ingredient. From zapping zits to keeping your blowout fresh, check out these DIY baking soda beauty tips.

By Diana Cerqueira
September 17, 2012
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Some old wives' tales will tell you the best way to beat heartburn is with a little sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)."Baking soda is OK for most people with heartburn," says Jacqueline Wolf, MD, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "Because it's a base, it helps neutralize [stomach] acid."Dr. Wolf, author of A Woman's Guide to a Healthy Stomach, recommends mixing between 1/2 and 1 teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of water. But avoid making baking soda your go-to remedy if you regularly have heartburn—it is high in salt and could cause side effects like swelling and nausea.


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Yes, you can pamper yourself for just $1! How? Grab a box of baking soda. You may already know that this kitchen staple is ideal for absorbing fridge odors or getting rid of laundry stains, but it’s also a surprisingly multi-purpose beauty ingredient. From zapping zits to keeping your blowout fresh, check out these DIY baking soda beauty tips.

Get glowing skin
Rub a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water in a gentle circular motion to gently exfoliate skin or destreak self-tanner. You can also zap zits with a baking soda and lemon juice combo, mix it up into a paste, spot treat, and voila—clear skin!

  • Show off shiny locks
  • Make your own clarifying shampoo by adding a quarter-size of baking soda to your shampoo. It will remove dulling residue and product build-up. No time to wash your hair? Use baking soda as a dry shampoo to sop up oil and get another day out of your blowout. Simply sprinkle some at your roots and comb through with your fingers.

  • Soothe sunburnt skin
  • Saturate a washcloth with a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart water and apply to affected area—the baking soda will help draw out some of the heat of the burn.

Pamper tired feet
Upgrade your next at-home pedicure with a relaxing foot soak. Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to a basin of warm water. Better yet, add baking soda to warm bath water to soften skin.