The Baking Soda Diaries: How to Use Baking Soda for Skin, Hair, & Cleaning

The Baking Soda Diaries: How to Use Baking Soda for Skin, Hair, & Cleaning

I use baking soda for a lot of things. A whole lot of things. Baking soda is a teeth whitener, toilet scrubber, face exfoliater, and more. There's not much that this natural powder can't do!

The Price Breakdown

If you have shopped for baking soda recently, you will notice a BIG price difference in brands. What's the difference between baking soda brands? Is there a difference? Is it worth the price? What is natural baking soda and why does it cost 4 times more?

The natural one is FOUR TIMES more expensive. WHY?!?! Is there such a thing as "quality baking soda?" Yep. 

Why is the Natural Baking Soda More Expensive?

 First, the aluminum debate. The orange box used to have aluminum in it. They do not have aluminum anymore. Occasionally, I run across an article that says they did an independent test and it tested positive for aluminum. But overall, the consensus is that all baking soda is now aluminum free. Baking powder, on the other hand, does contain aluminum in generic brands (this baking powder does not contain aluminum).
 

Here's the important part and why I splurge for the upgrade. 

Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. It's a natural occurring chemical reaction. The natural baking soda brand mines it directly from the natural source and bottles it. 

They don't do anything to it, they sell the naturally occurring product.

The orange box, however, creates the sodium bicarbonate in a lab. It's a chemical process that starts with the same raw materials (trona ore found in sandstone and shale). It's just not the naturally occurring process. The process includes carbon dioxide and crystallization, things that happen when nature produces baking soda as well. So it isn't necessarily bad, it's just not, well "natural."
 
For a couple dollars extra, I splurge for the the all natural baking soda for everything except cleaning. The other is just not the same. I can tell a difference in the texture. The orange box is a little coarser. The natural brand is smoother. 

When I'm using baking soda for skin care & DIY beauty, I want the smoother and more natural alternative.


How to Use Baking Soda for Skin, Hair, Teeth, & Beauty

Baking Soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a natural and versatile product that can be used for personal care. Including:

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  • Baking Soda Foot Soak: 

    • Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a foot spa or basin of warm water and soak feet to soften calluses and eliminate odors.


How to Use Baking Soda for Cleaning:

Baking soda is also a versatile household cleaner that can help you tackle a wide range of cleaning tasks. Baking soda is a safe and natural cleaning alternative. However, be sure to test it in an inconspicuous area first to ensure it won't damage the surface you're cleaning.


  • Baking Soda All-Purpose Cleaner: 

    • Combine baking soda with water to create a paste. Use this paste to clean countertops, sinks, and other surfaces.
    • I mix the baking soda with this cleaner for extra cleansing power.

  • Baking Soda Carpet Deodorizer: 

    • Sprinkle baking soda on carpets and rugs to absorb odors. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes before vacuuming it up.

  • Baking Soda Stove Cleaner: 

    • Mix baking soda with water to create a paste. Apply it to your stove top, let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub with a sponge or brush.

  • Baking Soda Grout Cleaner: 

    • Make a paste by mixing 3 parts baking soda with 1 part water. Apply the paste to grout lines and scrub with a brush.


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