Baking soda makes a great, inexpensive personal-care product to freshen up your whole body. It is safe, free of harmful chemicals, and is widely used as an ingredient in both homemade and commercial cleaning agents. Here are 5 ways you can use baking soda for personal, head-to-toe grooming:

1. Unlock hairspray buildup.
Baking soda can effectively break that hairspray buildup on your shining locks. Simply mix a tablespoon of baking soda into a handful of shampoo. Lather the solution on your hair and wash off as usual. Apply conditioner afterward and then wash your hair again.

2. Remove tooth stains.
You may have seen some toothpaste brands that include baking soda. That is because baking soda can effectively remove tooth stains and prevent plaque buildup. Sprinkle baking soda on your wet toothbrush and brush your teeth for at least 60 seconds. It may feel a bit abrasive on your gums, so do remember to brush gently.

3. Freshen your breath.
Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is capable of buffering action and neutralizing bad odors. And, yes, if this happens while you scrub your sink, it can work just the same in your mouth. Add a teaspoon of baking soda in a small glass of water, gargle in your mouth, then spit. It’s cheap mouthwash that you can easily prep at home!

4. Soften your skin.
You can use baking soda as facial scrub a couple of times a week. Make a paste with one part water and three parts baking soda. Scrub gently on your face to remove dead skin cells.

5. Eliminate foot odor.
No need to use foot deodorants that contain harsh antibacterial ingredients. Make a solution of two tablespoons baking soda and two quarts water. Soak your feet for 30 minutes, then wipe dry.

Baking soda is truly an indispensable item in your household. Place a jar in your bathroom and grooming area for easy access to a cheap but highly effective solution to common grooming woes.