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🧴10 Self-Care Uses for Baking Soda
👣 Including a Foot Soak Recipe
🛀🏽 Why you should use baking soda in the bath.
🧴10 Ways to use baking soda for self-care
👣 Foot Soak Recipe
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Baking soda in the Bath
Sodium bicarbonate aka baking soda makes a great addition to your bath. It is antiseptic and antibacterial therefore it may help get rid of the bacteria that causes acne; however, not the acne on your face. It is a good treatment for the back or shoulders. Make a paste of baking soda and leave it on for up to 15 minutes. Adding ¼ cup baking soda to your bath can help relieve itchy skin resulting from problems such as eczema or psoriasis. It is also good to soak in if you have chicken pox or hemorrhoids, ichthyoids, mosquito bites, bee stings, poison ivy, fungal infections or yeast infections.
10 Ways to Use Baking Soda for Self-Care
Exfoliating Scrub: To create a gentle exfoliating scrub, mix three parts baking soda with one part water. Gently massage the paste onto your skin in circular motions, then rinse with water.
Deodorant: Baking soda can act as a natural deodorant but it may be irritating for those with sensitive skin. To use it, you can apply a small amount to your underarms to help neutralize odors. You can also add it to your all-natural deodorant recipe.
Foot Soak: See recipe and instructions below.
Relieve Sunburn: Help sunburn by relieving the itch and soothing the skin by mixing some baking soda with water creating a paste and applying it to your skin.
Mouthwash: Use baking soda to help neutralize odors in your mouth. Mix 1/2 a teaspoon to a glass of water, swish around and spit it out.
Teeth Whitening: Mix a small amount with water to form a paste and use it to brush your teeth. Be gentle, as baking soda is abrasive and excessive use can damage tooth enamel.
Insect Bites and Stings: Make a paste with baking soda and water and apply it to insect bites or stings to relieve itching and reduce swelling.
Relieve Itchy Skin: Use baking soda for itchy skin with a paste or a bath for skin conditions like poison ivy, eczema, or allergies.
Hair Care: Don’t do this everyday…..You can clarify your hair and remove buildup using baking soda. Mix baking soda with water and use it before shampooing.
Nail Care: To whiten and brighten nails, gently scrub your nails with a baking soda and water paste.
Foot Soak Recipe
A foot soak with baking soda can help soften your feet, relieve odors, make your feet more comfortable, and it’s relaxing! Baking soda is known for its mild exfoliating and odor-neutralizing properties.
1/4 cup of baking soda
1-2 gallons of warm water (enough to fill a basin or foot spa)
Epsom salt for added relaxation and foot pain relief
A few drops of essential oils like peppermint, lavender, or tea tree
Grab a Basin: Find a basin or a foot spa large enough to comfortably immerse your feet in.
Fill the Basin with Warm Water: Fill the basin with 1-2 gallons of warm water.
Add Baking Soda: Pour 1/4 cup of baking soda into the warm water. Stir to ensure it dissolves and mixes evenly.
Add Epsom Salts or Essential oils.
Soak Your Feet: Soak your feet and relax for about 15-20 minutes.
Gently Scrub and Exfoliate (Optional): You might like to use a foot scrub or a soft brush to gently exfoliate your feet to remove dead skin. You can try mixing some extra baking soda with a water to create a paste and use it to scrub your feet.
Rinse and Pat Dry.
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