13 September 2010

Surprising Uses for Baking Soda + A Winner

How funny, I just won a giveaway from Sweet November (one of Ellen's amazing cupcake pincushions from Woolen Wonders).  And guess what, Sara from Sweet November won the beautiful feather earrings!

Congrats Sara. I already have your address so you're earrings will be coming soon!


The hubby sent me an article about Seven Surprising Uses for Baking Soda by Alexandra Spunt. And boy were they surprising (and pretty genius). 

Brush Your Teeth With It Most conventional toothpastes use sodium lauryl sulfate as their primary ingredient. You may remember this verboten surfactant from previous posts explaining its harsh effects and possible contamination with a carcinogen called 1,4-dioxane. If you don’t want peroxide in your mouth, whitening strips are out too. Go natural instead with some bad-breath-killing-tooth-whitening baking soda on your brush (tastes like the ocean, salty but bearable), or add it to your SLS-free Tom’s for extra-whitening powers.

Wash Your Face With It As a rule, we think that harsh scrubs and exfoliants do not belong on your face—not least of all because you need that top layer of skin to keep bad stuff out and moisture in. Most exfoliating scrubs also contain other sketchy ingredients—like plastic balls. If you’re hellbent on scrubbring, though, at least switch to baking soda. It works great on elbows and feet too, and combined with some raw honey, this DIY face wash is refreshing and soothing—and anti-acne, too.

 (this is an armpit...it took me a while to figure that out)
Create a DIY Deodorant This recipe from our book makes for a pretty effective homemade deodorant. Here’s what we suggest: Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with about ten drops of your favorite essential oil and apply to underarms. Guys, this sounds girly, but there are plenty masculine smells too—like Texas cedar wood. Ladies looking to reapply throughout the day can carry it in their purses: Just fill an empty mineral makeup container with it and use one of those stubbyKabuki brushes for no-mess application.

Spot-Treat Acne Our favorite natural acne remedy is clay, like thisgreen tea one we swear by. But in a bind, making a little paste from baking soda and water and applying it to an unwelcomed visitor will help dry it out. We don't recommend this for deep cysts, but for more surface afflictions, it works like a charm.

Cleanse Your Hair If you’re looking to join the ranks of non-shampooers (we know a few), to reduce how often shampoo, or simply to get rid of some product build-up on your roots, look no further than baking soda. Just fill a glass with warm water and dissolve about a tablespoon of baking soda into it. Take that to the shower, and after wetting your hair pour the mixture through. Comb it well before rinsing—your hair will feel a little coated and slippery until it’s fully rinsed out.

Soothe Your Stomach Acid stomach, heartburn, gas, and other tummy issues are quickly relieved by baking soda because its slight alkalinity can neutralize the acid causing the problem. Just mix a teaspoon into a glass of warm water and drink it down. We swear by this trick.

Soak Your Skin That's right, dissolve some into your bath for a soothing and skin-softening experience. The added bonus? You won't need soap—and sometimes that's a good thing.



  1. I love this post!! I'm going to feature it on my blog! THANKS for all the great tips!


  2. Great post - many uses for baking soda that I never thought of. And less of a carbon footprint than all the zillion products we use for a couple different things. Stop by sometime! http://hungrigyrl.blogspot.com

  3. Baking soda and boiling water cleans your drains.

  4. THAT'S AWESOME! Thanks for the great tips! :)


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