Posts Tagged Baking Soda

Blackheads and Baking Soda

Nobody likes blackheads. Unfortunately, blackheads are common, especially if you have oily skin. Of course, there are a number of products available to help combat blackheads – you’ve probably heard of them, maybe you have tried them and maybe you have even had success with them. If you are looking for a budget-friendly way to help combat blackheads, or if you simply enjoy DIY home remedies, try beating blackheads with baking soda!

Mix 2.5 tbsp of baking soda with 2-2.5 tbsp water. The two should form a paste. If your mixture is slightly runny, that is okay. However, if you wish to thicken it, simply add more baking soda.

Apply the mixture to the areas of your face where blackheads are present and gently massage using your fingers for about two to three minutes. Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.

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DIY Carpet Deodorizer

Hello everyone!

Today’s blog post was inspired by a mandatory household task – vacuuming. Yesterday, I decided that the carpet on the stairs needed more than just a quick vacuum and ended up doing this simple DIY carpet deodorizer.

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For this you will need a small bowl or container, baking soda and your favorite essential oil. A vacuum is also required. Yesterday, I chose to use lemon essential oil (Click here to purchase lemon essential oil from Amazon). If you try this DIY I would love to hear what essential oil(s) you use.

For every 1/4 cup of baking soda you will want between 10-20 drops of essential oil. Combine the two ingredients in your bowl or container stirring constantly as you add the essential oil. Be careful – you don’t want the scent to be overpowering or for the mixture to start clumping.

Sprinkle the mixture onto the carpet and wait at least one hour before vacuuming.

This mixture can also be used on mattresses and pet beds!

Thank you for reading.

Marley

 

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Make Your Own Washing Soda!

When I started doing DIY projects such as DIY laundry detergent and DIY dishwasher detergent, I had a really difficult time finding washing soda. Come to think of it, I still have not found washing soda in stores! For those of you who have purchased washing soda before, I would love to know where you found it.

After a number of unsuccessful searches for washing soda Tom decided we were going to make our own. When I first heard this I thought he was out of his mind. I was picturing a long and perhaps even difficult process. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that making your own washing soda is extremely easy!

If you are having trouble finding washing soda in stores give this DIY a try:

Spread a thick layer of baking soda onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 1 hour at 400F. Remove the baking sheet occasionally (i.e., every 15-20 minutes) and give the product a stir. After baking for one hour allow the product to cool before transferring to an airtight container!

In the future I will be posting DIY projects that require washing soda. As always, if you have any suggestions or requests for DIY projects, regardless of whether or not they call for washing soda, please let me know!

Thanks for reading,

Marley

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DIY: Shine Boost for Hair

The last time I had my hair trimmed I was given this tip for getting a healthy shine to my hair, and I have finally gotten around to trying it. If your hair could use a little extra shine, give this a try. I’m glad I did!

Baking soda and shampoo are all you need for a little extra, healthy and natural looking shine!

Baking soda and shampoo are all you need for a little extra, healthy and natural looking shine!

Prior to getting in the shower combine your regular amount of shampoo with a dash of baking soda in a bowl and give it a quick mix.

In the shower use the baking soda and shampoo mixture the same way you would use your shampoo on any given day. I was told to repeat this no more than once a week.

On top of giving your hair a healthy shine the baking soda is also supposed to help remove the build up of excess hair product!

As I said, I am happy with the results but I would love to hear from other people who have tried it – what do you think? Was anyone unhappy with the results?

To all my fellow Canadians, I hope you have a fantastic long weekend. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this Canada Day weekend brings some nicer weather.

Thank you for reading and I hope you’ll check back. I do not anticipate the next post will be until next Wednesday.

Marley

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Drain Cleaner

Since I had the baking soda out for brightening my nails, I decided it was time to clean the drains. I am sure most, if not all of you, are familiar with this method, so while I may not be providing you with new information, this may serve as a reminder to clean your drains!

I have been using this method since I moved into our condo three years ago. When I first started, I blindly poured any amount of baking soda and vinegar down the drain, I did not cover the drain and I flushed with warm water. I thought it was working great, but looking back, it wasn’t nearly as effective as it is when I do it now.

I use 1/2 cup of baking soda, immediately followed by 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Once both the baking soda and white vinegar have been poured down the drain I cover the drain with a cleaning cloth and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. During this time, I may run through the house and repeat the process on the remaining drains and I start boiling water in the electric kettle. After the time is up, I flush with a few cups of boiling water from the kettle.

I can understand why people are still using this method. Aside from being quick and easy, it works and it works well!

Has anyone ever experienced problems using this method? Does anyone use a different DIY drain cleaning method?

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Brighter Nails!

Brigten NailsLooking for a quick and easy way to brighten your nails at home? Give this a try!

You will need:

  • 1 small cup or container
  • 1-2 cotton swabs
  • 1 tbsp peroxide
  • 2 1/2 tbsp baking soda
  • Clear nail polish

Mix the baking soda and peroxide together in your cup or container using a cotton swab. Once it is thoroughly mixed, and has a paste-like consistency, use a cotton swab to apply it liberally to your nails. Let the paste sit on your nails for 5 minutes, then rinse off. Finish by applying your favorite clear polish.

I have also heard fantastic things about soaking your nails in a dish containing warm water, baking soda and peroxide. I haven’t tried this method yet, but I think I will soon.

 

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