Toothpaste: Mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part salt. Add 3 teaspoons of glycerin. Add 10 to 20 drops of flavoring (peppermint, wintergreen, anise, or cinnamon) and enough water to make a paste. Spoon into a small, refillable squeeze bottle.
Sprinkle baking soda into your palm, dip a damp toothbrush into it, and brush your teeth.
Refreshing mouthwash: To freshen breath, use 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1/2 glass of water, swish the solution through your teeth, and rinse.
Dentures and other dental appliances: Soak dentures in a solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in warm water.
- Use baking soda to soak athletic mouthguards, retainers, or other oral appliances.
- Scrub dentures, mouthguards, and retainers with a toothbrush dipped in baking soda.
- Soak toothbrushes in a baking-soda solution overnight.
Baking soda can also do wonders for your face.
Exfoliating: Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, and use as a gentle, exfoliating facial scrub after washing with soap and water. Rinse your face clean.
Mix baking soda with oatmeal in your blender; it makes a great facial scrub.
Shaving: Men with sensitive skin may find that a solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda in 1 cup water makes a great preshave treatment or a soothing aftershave rinse.
For instant relief of razor burn, dab on a baking-soda solution.
As you've seen, baking soda is a valuable asset in your health and beauty routine. Keep some in your medicine cabinet.