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04/02/2016

Beauty Fix: 7 uses of baking soda that have nothing to do with baking

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We either know baking soda as the salty tasting substance we studied about in chemistry class by the name sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) or as a raising agent for cakes. Between the kitchen and the classroom, the beauty benefits of baking soda can't be ignored. From whitening your teeth to cleaning out your scalp, once you get to know all the ways in which baking soda can help with your beauty routine, you'll be tempted to steal the pack that's kept in your kitchen.

Dry shampoo

Feeling too lazy to wash your hair? Just sprinkle some baking soda on your scalp, like you would use dry shampoo and tousle your hair. The baking soda will absorb the extra oil from your scalp, and voila!

Tooth whitener

Mix some baking soda with a few drops of lemon juice and brush your teeth gently with a toothbrush. For removing a tough stain, let the baking soda stay on your tooth for 1 minute before rinsing off with water.

Exfoliator

Make a paste of equal amounts of baking soda and water, and gently scrub your body with the paste to get rid of the dead skin. Feel free to add an essential oil for a luxe feel.

Clarifying shampoo

After assaulting your hair with tons of styling products, you need to use a clarifying shampoo periodically to prevent dirt and product buildup. Mix enough baking soda in your shampoo to give it a grainy texture and use it on your hair like regular shampoo to end up with a scalp that's healthier and devoid of buildup.

Deodorant

Want a deodorant that prevents sweat stains and tackles body odour? Moist baking soda can do just the trick! Just add enough water to a teaspoon of baking soda to make it slightly wet. Apply it on your underarms and go about your day, feeling fresher.

Soothe razor burns

This kitchen ingredient will not only help you get rid of dead skin cells, but will also tackle a razor burn for you. Add 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda to 1/2 cup of water and apply the solution on the affected area. Rinse with water once the solution dries completely. Your skin will thank you!

Brush cleaner

Instead of tossing your hairbrush or makeup brushes in the dustbin when they start irking you, just mix a few teaspoons of baking soda in two cups of slightly warm water. Immerse the brushes in the solution for 15 minutes, swirling occasionally. As the pigments start coming off the brushes, the water will start changing its colour. Repeat the exercise regularly to make the most of your brushes.Read more at:celebrity dresses

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