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Using Baking Soda For Common Beauty Fixes

What are your baking soda associations? Do you remember the ever present box in the refrigerator wedged permanently behind the cheese wheel during your formative years? Do you remember it as adhesive you used to make your brother into a mummy for Halloween before you realized he would eventually need to use the bathroom? Do you remember brushing your teeth with it before the popularity of teeth whitening? Or do you just remember wondering who the arm and hammer belonged to and what an arm and hammer had to do with baking soda?

Whatever your fond memories of baking soda, you probably know that there’s very little this cakey powder can’t do. Here’s how you can use baking soda for common beauty fixes.

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Hair Rinse
If big hair is important to you, you’re probably no stranger to buildup from serums, sprays, and mousses leaving hair feeling sticky and looking lifeless. Just sprinkle a coin sized amount of baking soda into your shampoo. Wash and rinse and embrace the freedom.

Dry Shampoo
If you’ve always wanted to try dry shampoo, here’s your chance to do it on the cheap. Whether you need a quick way to get rid of excess oil after the gym or for mornings on the go, baking soda can work in a pinch. Sprinkle a bit directly on the roots of your hair, tousle, and brush through.

Hairbrush Cleaner
Are you reluctant to have houseguests because they might want to use your bathroom and get grossed out by your hairbrush? You can get rid of residue around the base of the bristles by soaking your brush in warm water mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda. Let soak for 20 minutes, rinse, and dry with a towel.

Woman washing face
Face and Body Exfoliator
If you are looking for an environmentally friendly way of scrubbing off dead skin, you can get that all- over glow by using a formula of one part water to three parts baking soda. Just massage into skin for about 60 seconds and rinse.

Baking soda removes odors by neutralizing bases and acids and won’t do damage to your clothes. Whether you have sensitive skin, or just haven’t been taking notice of how low your antiperspirant stick was getting, baking soda will do the job in a pinch.

Soothe Razor Burn
Who among us has not been careless with a razor? You can soothe the painful burn by mixing one cup of water with one tablespoon of baking soda and letting it dry on your skin for about 5 minutes. Rinse with cool water and let the healing begin.

Have we left out anything? Let us know what you do with your baking soda. Keep it clean.

Quick Fixes to Keep on Hand

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Your life is hectic enough. Finding yourself in a beauty dilemma at the last second is not a fun experience. Luckily, we’ve rounded up some quick-fix beauty products to keep on hand in case of a beauty emergency. The best part of this list is that it’s likely that you already own these products, you just may not know their awesome secret uses.

Clear Nail Polish
It’s unlikely that you will need to paint a quick, glossy coat over your mani while you’re out and about, but it can happen. That isn’t why we suggest keeping clear nail polish on hand, though. Clear nail polish can patch up a run in pantyhose or nylons, and help keep the run from getting worse. You can also use this as a type of liquid band-aid if you’re caught without a traditional one.

There’s a good chance that your beauty cabinet is never without a deodorant and while you probably don’t think of deodorant and your face together, in an emergency situation you might want to. Famed makeup artist (credits include celebrities, high fashion shoots and Revlon), Gucci Westman, says that in a pinch, deodorant makes a great instant mattifier. You can also use deodorant on your thighs and bikini line to help prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps after you shave. If you’re breaking in new shoes, you can swipe some deodorant on your heels before you put your shoes on to help prevent blisters from forming. A clear gel formula is probably the best formula for this trick.

Hair Conditioner
If you have ever grabbed your razor then reached for shave gel only to find you’re out, you will definitely appreciate this tip. Slather some hair conditioner on your legs and use that as a substitute for shaving gel.

What can’t a toothbrush do? Seriously, there are so many great uses for your toothbrush beyond keeping your teeth clean and healthy. Instead of shelling out money for an expensive lip exfoliating contraption, use (gently) your toothbrush to remove dry, dead skin from your lips. You can also use a toothbrush to evenly distribute dye to the root of your hair. As if these two reasons weren’t enough for you to fall in love with your toothbrush all over again, if you find you’ve got some suddenly dirty jewelry, bust out a toothbrush (not one you plan on using in your mouth again) and give your jewelry a good deep clean.

Lip Balm
Keeping lip balm on hand is a great idea because dry, chapped lips are uncomfortable. Your lip balm not only soothes your lips, it can also be used on any small scratches, nicks or cuts. Lip balm is also useful as a cuticle treatment. A cult favorite lip balm/major multi-tasker is Smith’s Rosebud Lip Salve. You can even use a small amount to tame split ends when needed.

Multi-tasking beauty products, like a cream blush for cheeks and lips, are definitely helpful to have on hand in the event of a disaster. You probably already own most of, if not all of, these products and if you don’t, you should. One of the greatest things about this list is that all of these quick-fix beauty solutions are super easy to locate and don’t require a significant monetary investment. Bonus points if you keep some of these items in your purse so you really are always prepared for a beauty emergency.