Did you know that in the DIY beauty world, bicarbonate of soda is kind of like the holy grail of magical, versatile items? Sure it is synonymous with baking, but bring it out of the kitchen and it can take on a life of its own as part of a killer beauty routine! If you don’t already use it for lots of different things, it’s definitely time to get with the programme! Here are six of the most genius bicarbonate of soda beauty hacks.
1. Cleansing Shampoo
If you use a little too much dry shampoo sometimes, you can start to experience a buildup of the product that leaves your hair kind of dirty. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to your normal shampoo and wash as usual. The added exfoliating ingredient will tackle that stubborn buildup and cleanse your hair really well.
2. Dry Shampoo
And speaking of dry shampoo, you could literally use bicarb as an alternative if you want! It basically does the same thing as the branded spray cans that you buy, but thanks to its own chemical makeup, there is less of a chance of the dreaded buildup.
3. Teeth Whitening
If you want to achieve a nice white set of teeth without having to undergo some sort of cosmetic procedure, then bicarb can help you out. Whip up an easy mixture of sea salt, coconut oil, peppermint oil, and baking soda and brush with it for amazing results.
4. Clean Makeup Brushes
You can use bicarb to really effectively clean your hairbrushes and makeup brushes. Fill a bowl with warm water and add a few teaspoons of the powder. Leave your brushes in there to soak and all of the bacteria and debris will be taken off them with no effort.
5. Smoother Skin
Bicarb can act as a natural exfoliator for your skin to make it smoother and more healthy. Baking soda helps to remove the sebum and dead skin cells on the surface, and its antimicrobial benefits can help to prevent the risk of skin infections.
6. Fake Tan Remover
If you have had a bit of a fake tan disaster, then fear not! Baking soda mixed with lemon juice is a fantastic solution for removing leftover streaks and residue. You’ll be able to cover up any fake tan mishap that occurs!