Saturday, June 12, 2010

~the power of baking soda~

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It's time to update my favorite label on my blog..the home remedies!

How many of you really uses the things that are in your kitchen for beautifying yourself? I have always preferred to use stuff that is as effective as others, but cheaper in price. One of that is baking soda.

I always make it a point to have a baking soda handy. Whether it's in the bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, family room, etc. Why? It is a good cleansing, odor-removing, deodorizer, disinfectant & antiseptic all rolled into 1 powder that not many people know about.

Sodium Bicarbonate more commonly known as baking soda has been around for years & years. It is a staple not only in baking but also for cleaning as well.

It is an alkaline that neutralizes acids & break down proteins, therefore it is a good tenderizer.  It is used in baking mainly as it releases carbon dioxide to make the dough rise. I said that it is a good tenderizer & yes, it is! It can make the meat more tender by rubbing it in then rinse it off before cooking.

Without much ado, let's enumerate the beauty uses of this stuff.

  • You can use this a substitute for those expensive scrubs that are too abrasive. Scrubs that are too abrasive can cause damage to the skin without you knowing. Be gentle to your skin, use something that is less abrasive, but can still get those dead skin cells. Since baking soda is a neutralizer, it can balance your skin's PH level. So go ahead & use baking soda!
  • I prefer using this as a lip scrub compare to using sugar since i find sugar to be abrasive. This one gently exfoliates without that numbing feeling that you experience when using sugar scrubs.
    • I said before on an online networking that i use baking soda as a way to get rid of the excess build-up in my hair. As im sure all of you know that no matter how much you shampoo your hair, residues would build up. In my case, i just sprinkle baking soda in my shampoo to get rid of those nasty build ups. If it is too much, then i use an anti-dandruff shampoo with baking soda & voila! All im left with is a nice, shiny & clean hair & scalp.
    • Did you know that you can also use it as a substitute for dry shampoo? When you are in a hurry & do not have the luxury of time to wash your hair & ran out of your dry shampoo just sprinkle it on your hair, then comb it through using a paddle brush then fluff it using a blow dryer.
    • Dull-looking cuticles? No problem! Sprinkle baking soda on your wet cuticle brush & scrub your cuticles for great-looking nails.
    • Im sure you know that some of those toothpaste that can whiten your teeth has baking soda as an ingredient.
    • Again, it's a good exfoliator
    • You can use it as a deodorant. It will not actually stop sweat, unlike commercially-available deodorants, but it will act as a deodorant. I use baking soda when im at home..which is most of the time. Give it a's natural & it doesn't cost much..
    I can enumerate a lot more, but i'll stop here. These are just a few of the uses of this amazing product.

    If you're interested in knowing more, just google it & im sure you'll be able to find more! Again, this is a staple for me. I make it a point to buy a few boxes of these whenever i go grocery shopping. Based on what i've tried Arm & Hammer is the brand that has the finest baking soda.

    Do you use baking soda for your beauty ritual?

    Hope you'll have a great weekend!
    Mata ne~!

    oh & i forgot, i use baking soda in cleaning my make-up brushes as well.  Yes! You read it right!

    I mix it with water then i wet the dry brushes with the solution.

    For face brushes that i use for applying liquid foundations, i let the bristles soak on the solution to get rid of the foundation before doing shampooing it. I use Revlon Colorstay & it's really hard to remove the residue of that foundation.

     Then i twirl/tap it on the bowl while soak in the solution to get rid of the residues.

    See how it was able to remove some of the residue already? Just make sure that you rinse it well or else the powder would stay on the bristles,ok?

    Such a cheap but effective solution!


        DeBi said...

        Wow! this is one great tip! You're a blessing because my brush cleaner just ran out...

        sugar sugar said...

        Thanks for sharing this! :3 I never knew baking soda was this useful. I think I'm gonna start hoarding it na LOL!

        Dana Yoshimizu said...

        I've always known that there are MANY uses for baking soda, but I never knew how to exactually use it. lol
        Thanks for this post, you always have such interested things for me to read ;D

        Pop Champagne said...

        baking soda?! that's the first time I've heard of it! And hmm I always have oily scalp even though I only condition the bottom part of my hair, I shall give this a try. You got the best tips hun!

        e.motion in motion said...

        Thanks for this post! These are great tips... I'll have to try some! :D

        donnarence said...

        very useful.. :D ang dami mong alam na tricks thiamee!! <3

        Yani ٩(̾●̮̮̃̾•̃̾)۶◙ said...

        whoa! i sure did learn a lot today thanks to you!!!

        baking soda power it is then!

        happy weekend gurla!

        Askmewhats said...

        ang tiyaga mo! :) I'm haven't tried this pa! :)

        Khymm (Shopcoholic) said...

        thanks for the tips, gagawin ko to sa brushes ko, ang tagal matanggal ng cream foundies =P btw im also using a deo na may baking soda (arm and hammer) its really good!

        xoladiihoneyxo said...

        I knew about the teeth but wow... never knew baking soda can do so much! hehe. Great post as always sweetie!

        // krissy ♥ said...

        I mix baking soda with my toothpaste :)

        maki said...

        that's a lot of uses! thanks girl. will try that for my face soon

        Pammy said...

        Oooh, I never knew baking soda had a lot of beauty functions. :P Great tips, dearie. :)

        makeupjunkie said...

        i know that baking soda has a lot of uses! everytime i travel, baking soda is a staple in my toiletries bag!

        i didnt know that you can use it as a dry shampoo tho..

        thanks for the tip! great post!

        Jing (GirL With GLasSes) said...

        i use baking soda for my kitchen tiles and sink.

        yung water ba pwedeng may shampoo then add ng baking soda din don?

        Blovet Beauty said...

        i love baking soda too! i've recently used this to wash the floor, the deodorize my cupboard and to wash anything in the toilet. I love baking soda!

        NeuroChiq said...

        I knew that baking soda is handy, but not very sure how to use it! Your tips are of great help. Thank, Thia! =)

        Delacruzjrj11 said...

        hey, can you do a review about the products of godiva? thanks ;)

        - eros

        Thiamere Brea said...

        i'll pick out some godiva products when i go shopping to try it
        thanks for the suggestion

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