Many times those expensive personal care products dont' work any better than something you probably have in your kitchen cabinet: Baking soda. Use it as a facial scrub, tooth powder, shampoo and deodorant. You'll save money and be just as clean and clean smelling as you would if you used those less frugal products.
Wash your hair with baking soda? Yes... and more. Deodorize, scrub and brush. Baking soda is a natural, safe and frugal alternative to many personal care products.
As a frugal and effective facial scrub, baking soda can't be beat. Tiny, gentle particles remove dead skin and dirt without hurting living skin and then dissolves, allowing itself to be quickly and completely rinsed away. Baking soda will leave your skin "squeaky clean" like nothing else, but be aware that it can be drying to your skin if you don't rinse with a mild vinegar solution.
Baking soda changes the ph of your skin to alkaline and the vinegar helps balance it. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a half cup of water and splash this on your face after scrubbing with baking soda. Your skin will be as smooth as baby skin.
You've probably heard of this one and may even have tried it, especially if you're frugal. Baking soda will clean teeth safely and thoroughly, but many people don't like the taste of it. If you use your regular toothpaste, but about half as much, and sprinkle baking soda on it, you'll get the best of both worlds - you'll be saving money, getting your teeth clean and still have the taste you prefer. If you don't mind the taste, you can use it alone to brush your teeth. If your teeth are sensitive, baking soda may bother them, so experiment carefully.
Most shampoos have various additives that coat the hair shaft and eventually these additives build up and the shampoo just doesn't work well any more. Hair spray and styling gels can build up on our hair, too, so that we need a clarifying shampoo or some kind of treatment. Baking soda can do that.
Especially if your hair is curly or tends to frizz or go its own way, you'll find that baking soda used instead of shampoo will help tame it. There are some people who use baking soda exclusively instead of shampoo. It's said that the longer you use it the better your hair feels and acts.
To use it, mix at the ratio of one tablespoon of baking soda to one cup of warm water and shake well. Pour about half of it on your head and wash as usual, working the mixture into your scalp and through your hair, just as you would shampoo, then rinse and repeat. You can mix extra and keep it in the shower but be sure to shake it well before using it again.
Use a vinegar rinse to restore the ph balance, at the rate of one quarter cup of apple cider vinegar to three quarters of a cup of water.
One of baking soda's most useful properties is that of a deodorizer. Most of us have used it in a refrigerator or litter box or even on a carpet to control odors. You can use it on yourself, too.
There are several ways to use it on your underarms:
Mix one cup of baking soda and two tablespoons of cornstarch and just brush it on with an old cosmetic brush or dust it on with a powder puff (or washcloth). If you're still a little moist right after a shower, it doesn't have a problem sticking.
Another recipe goes like this:
- 1/4 cup baking soda for odor
- 1/4 cup baby powder for pleasant scent
- 1/16 cup corn starch for dryness
Mix two tablespoons of baking soda, two tablespoons of petroleum jelly and two tablepoons of talcum or baby powder. Heat slowly or in a double boiler, stirring constantly until the mixture becomes creamy and smooth. Use like cream deodorant. Store it in an airtight container.
One more: Mix baking soda and cornstarch in equal amounts, then add water until it's thin enough to pour into a mold. Let it dry. To use, moisten it slightly and apply.
Underarms aren't the only place where odors can be a problem - perspiring feet cause problems, too. You can use baking soda like talcum powder in your shoes. It will not only absorb odor and moisture, but it will help make your feet feel cooler and more comfortable.
Personal care products can be very expensive and baking soda can help cut the costs while providing safe and natural care.