I love to use this for all sorts of things, from a facial scrub to an eco-friendly bathroom cleaner. There are many uses listed on the Arm&Hammer website. It's dirt cheap and a box could last a long time. I do find the box a little annoying to use in the shower, so I transferred some of the baking soda to a small covered salt shaker with big holes. That way it is waterproof and does not get moist from the shower. I keep a box in my fridge and the bathroom and it works great on odors (could sprinkle some in shoes as well). This is a HG scrub for my face as it cleans and makes pores smaller and my skin soft & smooth. I do not add it with cleanser as this can cause a chemical reaction, so I just use 2 parts baking soda to one part water, rinse and use a mild cleanser afterwards.
This is great for a gentle exfoliant. I mix this in with any of my cleansers and it does a wonderful job of turning it into an exfoliant as well. Cheap as chips!
Wow! Based on the recommendations on this site I used a baking soda/cetaphil scrub and the results were incredible! I don't suffer from acne, but using this seemed to shrink my pores and smooth my skin. Obviously, it won't work on every skin type but at the price I recommend everyone to at least try this miracle worker!
I'm never without my trusted baking soda. I mix about a teaspoon (nearly every morning) with a squirt of Neutrogena's Oil Free Acne Wash (or the generic) and scrub away in the shower! I also use on my neck and chest and the backs of my arms. This cleared up my heinous eyelid milia, and keep all flakes at bay. I love to take some and rub it into my lips for a very smooth, slightly swollen pout. Since any dampness wrecks the baking soda, I keep in in a plastic screw-top tub at the far end of the shower. I finish the routine with a few drops of jojoba oil massaged into my face.
I love using baking soda as a facial scrub! I use it once a day during most of the month and twice a day when my hormones start fluctuating. This is the best and cheapest physical exfoliant I have ever found. It is very gentle, unlike some of the scrubs which have a particle size that is too large to be gentle on the face (think apricot kernels) or that contain irritants like peppermint. I have tried lots of scrubs, including Modern Friction. Nothing beats the results of baking soda mixed with a gentle cleanser! For ease of use, put the baking soda in an old spice container and just shake out the amount you need. It also works well on an itchy scalp and is good for acne on your back.
how i use it: mix 1 part baking soda with 2 part gentle cleanser (fyi spectro jel, which is slightly acidic). what i like: gentle scrubbing power; cheap and easily accessible. what i don't like: soooooo harsh, it turned my skin into a desert, literally! i was flaking sooooo bad! and yes, i immediately put on a moisturizer. i would not recommend putting baking soda, which is very very very alkaline, onto the skin. i mean, this stuff can be used to clean the bathroom and kitchen, and we're putting it onto our face???!!!????!!!! enough said. baking soda belongs in the kitchen cupboard.
I have been using a baking soda/Cetaphil scrub for years now and love it. My skin feels wonderful afterwards, never flakes or becomes irritated, and best of all, it's incredibly cheap. I use a scrub 1-3 times a week in conjunction with my daily AHA/BHA treatments.
i used this last night after reading all these great reviews.I was very impressed, i have combination skin which has recently become very dry.
This product is amazing, i normally use it as a neutraliser after my lactic peel.
i havent tried mixing it in with a cleanser yet, will try that tonight. but this is cheap and great. i think the kitchen is the place to go now!!!
another kitchen faves are- natural yogurt, lemon, tumeric powder, honey, cucmber, papaya and tomatoes!! all these are brilliant. im indian and found loads of recepies from indian websites and asin tv channels.
I love all the great tips you find on this site! I do a BS scrub 1-2 a month, and I've always thought it does a great job. BTW, it is true that is takes off your "acid mantle", which is just another name for the natural oil(sebum) that your oil glands spread over your face as your own layer of protection, and moisture barrier. Don't worry about this though, your skin is just going to relpace it within an hour or so. It won't destroy it. Your own oil is slightly acidic in PH, and BS is just the opposite, it is alkaline, so it is going to take off oil quite well. If you are dry, or sensitive, this is the burning sensation you might have felt. I would say BS is cheap and effective,but skip it altogether if you are really dry, or using other products which are too stripping, or sensitive. And be careful with what you put on after a BS scrub, something bland and non-acidic is your best bet.
I find baking soda a little bit too abravesive for my skin. It does do a great job as a scrub but you have to be very gentle and like someone suggested, mix with a liquid like a cleanser or aloe vera. I have also used it mixed with peroxide on my teeth as a whitener. Must be careful though because it can be very irritating on the gums, mostly from the peroxide is my guess. I have not used it in my hair to remove build up, but I have used it as a soak in the bath. I have not noted anything special about soaking in it though. It's great to sprinkle on your carpet and let set. Takes out odors.