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Baking soda tricks: Easy ways to brighten smiles, protect skin

Who says baking soda works just for baking and cleaning? The powder is a safe and economical alternative to everything from skin care to calming an upset stomach.Pearly whites Looking for a brighter smile? Mix a little baking soda with peppermint oil and hydrogen peroxide into a paste and brush away. A brighter smile will follow.For simple, detailed instructions on whitening your teeth or exfolia

Who says baking soda works just for baking and cleaning? The powder is a safe and economical alternative to everything from skin care to calming an upset stomach.

Pearly whites 
Looking for a brighter smile? Mix a little baking soda with peppermint oil and hydrogen peroxide into a paste and brush away. A brighter smile will follow.

For simple, detailed instructions on whitening your teeth or exfoliating your skin with baking soda, watch our video:

Ingrown hairs
Mix some baking with a bit of water and rub under the arms or on bikini area to prevent ingrown hairs, suggests Dr. Whitney Bowe a dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology in New York City. The powder has some mild antiseptic qualities, but don't keep it on the skin for too long—it can burn.

Upset stomach
If lunch isn’t sitting right in your stomach, consider dissolving a teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water. Baking soda is an alkaline, which calms acid, says Dr. Lawrence Taw, assistant professor of medicine at UCLA Center for East-West medicine. Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is the active ingredient in many over-the-counter stomach therapies.

Oily skin
There's little medical evidence that baking soda neutralizes armpit odor or reduces pimples, but Taw suspects that the powder itself may help dry these moist, oily areas.