Baking Soda Detox Bath Recipe & Using Baking Soda in Other Beauty Applications

Growing up I thought baking soda was only for baking and making those volcano science projects. After all, it is called baking soda. Wacky cake was one recipe I remember making with my mother that used the magic of the vinegar and baking soda reaction to make a yummy eggless cake (similar to this recipe). Perhaps my mother used it in other applications around the house, but the only memories I have of it growing up is as a baking staple in the kitchen and maybe an occasional dusting of some smelly sneakers.

Over the past few years in my quest to slowly, but surely make greener choices and simplify things I have discovered that baking soda is capable of so much more. Also known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda can cut down on the number of cleaners filling your cabinets and I am discovering the many beauty applications it offers as well. It is a gentle exfoliator that can even be added to products you already use like shampoo to help reduce buildup or to help exfoliate and smooth your skin.

My massage therapist gave me one of the most recent beauty recipes I have used for a detox bath (or foot bath) after I started prenatal massages to help me through this pregnancy. It is a simple recipe that I modified slightly to make in bulk and my sweet orange essential oil was the perfect pick-me-up scent, although any essential oil can be used.

I typically buy baking soda in bulk to be used as needed around the house or in new recipes, applications or “pins” I find online. One baking soda application I came by earlier this year and have recently been re-exploring is “no poo” or “no shampoo”. I still have not had the courage to take the plunge, but I may try it this winter. I have always had a sensitive scalp and I cannot help but wonder if some of the shampoos and hair products are at the root of the problem.

I think the main thing holding me back is my apprehension about the transition period. I know that some people experience little to no transition period, but I have read that for others it may take one or two months until their skin and oil production find their natural “normal”. I already feel like I live in sweatpants and T-shirts most of the week and I do not know if I want crazy looking hair to complete the frazzled mom image. Have any of you had success with eliminating shampoo or finding other alternatives? 


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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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  1. I just recently created a simple face/skin exfoliation with baking soda after a friend informed me of the antibacterial properties if Coconut Oil. I simply melted the coconut oil & mixed in some baking soda. I don’t know the exact ratio, but I think it is close to 2:1 coconut oil:baking soda. I have sensitive, oily, acne irritated skin even into my mid-30s now due to PCOS, & am always on the hunt for greener, purer skin & hair products. Benzoyl peroxide products have helped my acne some, but I’m in the midst of my 3rd pregnancy in as many years, and it just seemed to stop working for me. I’m having better results now with the mixture I’ve described here using 2-3 times/week & using coconut oil at night as a facial moisturizer. I use a few salycyclic acid products for the in between days. I’d been unwilling to try oils for my face because I didn’t like the greasy feeling on my already oily skin. But so far this routine has been helping me not worry about my appearance or what future consequences the heavy duty chemicals might later have on my skin…

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