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Kitchen Beautician: Spruce Up Your Beauty Routine with Baking Soda

That little orange box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda ($3, isn’t just for your favorite cookie recipe or absorbing funky smells in your fridge anymore. It’s actually a super-convenient (and inexpensive) way to give your beauty routine a boost. Here are some new ways to use it.

Exfoliating manicure & pedicure: The next time you go to change your polish, try this: make a paste with three parts baking soda to one part water. Apply it to your hands and nails or feet and legs and gently rub in a circular motion to exfoliate and smooth. Rinse clean with warm water and paint away.

Hair detoxifier: Nix product buildup in your hair by sprinkling in a quarter-size amount of baking soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly.

Natural deodorant: Dust Arm & Hammer (the handy shaker version works best for this) under your arms or in your shoes as needed to feel fresh all day.  The baking soda neutralizes acids and bases to remove odors rather than just covering them up.

Soothing bath soak: Ease tired muscles after a long day at the office or a tough workout by adding a ½ cup of baking soda to your bath—when combined with water, it’ll soften your skin and sooth mild irritation like a sunburn or bug bite.

Brightening mouthwash: Make your pearly whites sparkle by adding one teaspoon of baking soda to a ½ glass of water and swish the solution around in your mouth (being careful not to swallow) and rinse.