Bicarb soda would have to be one of the most versatile ingredients in your cupboard. Not just for baking, bicarb soda can be used for everything from scalp scrubs to bath soaks and household cleaning.
The best part? It’s super affordable, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly! If you’re looking for inspiration, keep reading for 9 surprising ways to use bicarb soda for all things cleaning and beauty below.
Bicarb soda scalp scrub
Remove hair product build-up from your hair simply by adding one tablespoon of bicarb soda to your regular shampoo. Wash as normal and rinse thoroughly for the ultimate fresh scalp cleanse!
Bicarb soda exfoliator
Gently buff away dry skin with a natural bicarb soda exfoliator. Simply mix three parts of bicarb soda with one part water and one part oatmeal. Massage the mixture gently all over your body using circular motions, and rinse well with warm water to promote soft, hydrated skin.
Bicarb soda bath soak
Soothe eczema, relieve sore muscles and calm skin irritations with a soothing bicarb soda bath. Simply dissolve ½ cup of bicarb soda into your tub, and soak for up to 30 minutes.
Bicarb soda to eliminate odours
Bicarb soda doesn’t just mask odours, it actually absorbs them and eliminates them for good!
For smelly clothes: Add ½ cup of bicarb soda to your washing machine and run the cycle as normal.
For smelly carpet: Sprinkle bicarb soda liberally all over the carpet, and allow it to sit for a few hours or overnight before vacuuming.
Bicarb soda for dirty microwaves
Struggling to get rid of sticky microwave stains? Simply add two tablespoons of bicarb soda to a microwave-safe bowl of water. Set the timer for 2-3 minutes - the bicarb soda will absorb any odours, while loosening any stains or food particles.
Bicarb soda fruit and veggie scrub
Bicarb soda makes the perfect natural fruit and veggie scrub! Simply sprinkle bicarb soda liberally on your fruit and veggie haul, scrub well, and rinse under cold running water.
Bicarb soda for stained mugs
Bring your old, stained mugs back to life by sprinkling some bicarb soda on them, adding a small amount of water to form a paste, and scrubbing well. The gentle abrasion of the bicarb soda will get rid of even the toughest stains!
Bicarb soda foot bath
Looking to treat your feet? Add 2-3 tablespoons of bicarb soda to a footbath of warm water and allow your feet to soak for 10-20 minutes. Gently use a pumice stone to remove dead skin, and apply moisturiser liberally.
Bicarb soda fake tan remover
For an easy and effective way to remove fake tan, mix 2 tablespoons of bicarb soda with some water or coconut oil to create a paste. Apply to the area of fake tan you wish to remove, leave for 2-3 minutes, and then wash off gently.
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