What fascinates me about some beauty hacks is that you can use everyday items that you can find in the kitchen to make a lot of them. I’ve seen recipes with honey, avocado, and even table salt. These are cheaper solutions to store-bought products, and most of them work just as well, when not even better!

This post will list some beauty hacks that all have one recurring ingredient: baking soda.

1 A face mask to cure your acne

All you need is a little bit of baking soda and 1 or 2 drops of water. When combined, they will become a paste that you can put on top of your acne and the baking soda will kill the infection. Leave the mixture on throughout the night and wash it off after waking up.

2 A mixture to whiten your teeth

A warning before we give this recipe is that you definitely should NOT do this every day! What you should do is mix your everyday use toothpaste and add a bit of baking soda (if you want, you can also add one drop of lemon juice) and brush your teeth with it. Rinse it out with water and your teeth should be whiter.

3 A hair mask for dandruff

In case you have dandruff and the shampoos you find don’t work, this can be a solution for you. In a bowl, add 1  tablespoon of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. For those of you that don’t want to use lemon juice, you can use the same amount but of apple cider vinegar. Mix the ingredients, apply it to your scalp, and massage it. Leave it in for about 20 minutes and then wash out with your shampoo of preference.

Warning: don’t apply this mixture to your ends, only the roots, as it will dry out and damage the ends.

4 Natural bleach for armpit hair

This is a great solution for those who have dark hair in the armpits or legs and want to make it lighter. What you need is to squeeze the juice out of half a lemon and mix it to a teaspoon of baking soda. The consistency of this mixture should be of a not too liquid paste as you need to apply it to the area, for example, your armpit, and massage it around. Leave it in for 20 minutes and then rinse it out.

by Bruna Gorresio