What Are Some Personal-Care Uses for Baking Soda?

A person having a foot soak with baking soda.
Baking soda can help remove residue left behind by styling products and chlorine.
A combination of cornstarch and baking soda can be used as a homemade deodorant.
Baking soda may be used to remove the smell of garlic from hands.
Baking soda can be used for a foot soak.
Jar and a scoop with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).
Baking soda can be used to help whiten teeth.
Baking soda may be used to clean dentures.
Baking soda can be used as an alternative to toothpaste.
Baking soda may offer relief for poison ivy and skin rashes.
Baking soda can be used as a remedy for bad breath.
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  • Last Modified Date: 04 January 2015
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There are literally hundreds of household uses for baking soda, which is pure bicarbonate of soda. Its beneficial qualities are the result of its ability to act as a buffer, neutralizing both acidic and alkaline substances to regulate pH. This is the secret behind its effectiveness in so many personal-care applications. It should not be confused with baking powder, which has added acidifying and drying agents (typically cream of tartar and starch, respectively).

Baking soda is inexpensive, nontoxic, fragrance-free, environmentally friendly, and available on grocery-store shelves everywhere.

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You can sprinkle baking soda under your sink to repel ants or cockroaches.

Sprinkle baking soda around your flowerbed to keep rabbits out.

You can use baking soda as a substitute for baking powder by mixing it with a little cream of tartar.

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Here are a few more baking soda uses:

If you have freshly cut flowers, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water in the vase to keep them fresh longer.

Sprinkle some baking soda into your ashtrays to reduce some of the smoke odor.

Wipe some on your windshield wiper to help repel rain.

Soak your dishrags in baking soda and water to remove odors that get absorbed into them.

Suck some into your vacuum cleaner to remove odor.

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I have a helpful little book on different things that you can do with baking soda. These are a few.

Did you just realize you were out of deodorant? Take a powder puff and apply some baking soda under your arms.

Add two tablespoons of baking soda to baby’s bathwater to relieve diaper rash.

For heartburn, mix a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with a half glass of water.

For a stuffy nose, add a teaspoon of baking soda to your vaporizer.

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