How to Shave With Baking Soda





Introduction: How to Shave With Baking Soda

This seems like an odd idea, I know, but it really is true that baking soda has a million and one uses! This method of shaving (not my own creation, but i don't know who's) has worked better than any other way I've ever tried. I tend to get a closer shave with less irritation, and get to save money on razors, shaving cream and after shave! I think the whole concept is based around the baking soda removing the oils from your skin and facial hair which allows the razor to cut better and last longer while doing the same job as your after shave by lessening irritation and preventing oily skin caused by most shaving creams.

What you need : baking soda, hot water, a razor and, of course, facial hair.

What you don't need : shaving cream or after shave

My razor is a disposable that has lasted over a month of daily usage thanks to this new method. I used two a week with shaving cream.

Step 1: Rinse Your Face

First, rinse your face with hot (or at least warm) water to get open up your pores and clean off dirt, sweat, oil, etc. I guess this probably also helps the baking soda go on easier, but who knows.

Step 2: Apply the Baking Soda

Pour some baking soda into the palm of your hand. you really don't need too much, so I think I went a little overboard in this picture. Just add a little hot water to the baking soda and mix it into a thickish paste.

Rub the paste onto your face (where there's hair!) very thoroughly. The grit of the baking soda is a great exfoliant and will help prevent those gross little white heads that come up after shaving sometimes. Don't rush to get it off because it is sucking the oils out of your hair that would otherwise make the hair harder to cut and dull your blade. It feels kind nice, too.

Step 3: Time to Shave!

Rinse ALL of the baking soda off your face with some more hot water. Make sure you get it all off because it is fairly painful if you slip and cut yourself and it gets in. The box says "warning: no internal use" on it also....

Start shaving! I prefer to shave against the grain to get a closer cut, but some people disagree. This part is up to you.

Step 4: Kiss Your Wife or Girlfriend!

Rinse off all that cut hair (duh) and you've got a nice, close shave! I find this particularly effective because I can shave five days in a row and have a clean shave each time. I can only get a clean shave if I do it once every two or three if I use the typical products.

Also: I don't look all that clean-shaven in this picture, but I assure you, my wife did not fend off my kisses afterward. Smooth like baby skin!



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    how does it say "No internal use?" if it says its for baking....the one is the picture is made for internal use.

    I have a beardgrow like Homer Simpson and razor blades can`t mess with it, but I will try our method. Just an advice: Baking soda (for my German fellows: "Natron, nicht Backpulver!" is very pricy in bigger packs at ama...but please buy it not there, ama... = bad company :-P Just get the info about the producer and buy it there...

    I've been using some much more low tech shaving apparatus' for years (read: Antiques) If you apply your baking soda with a brush (badger hair's the best) you'll get an even smoother shave. Take it from me (single blade antique safety blade user) my wife bought me mach 3 refills because she though that's what I use.

    Brilliant. In my mid-thirties I started shaving regularly again for the first time since I was a teenager and I've had a terrible time getting a smooth shave, and certainly never got one without irritation. Not until I tried this, anyway. It took a few tries to get the technique but since then I (and my girlfriend) have been very happy with the results.

    One note: part of the learning curve was figuring out how to come up with the right consistency. The transition from powder through paste to liquid is very quick - just a couple of drops of water is enough to go too far. I'd suggest adding the water a drop or two at a time, and massaging the result in between, until you have a mass that sticks together, then add just one more drop to make it a bit more spreadable.

    Thanks for a great idea!

    Might just leave some baking soda and a link to this at my boyfriend's house...

    It really works. I accidently discovered how good baking soda is as a shaving aid when I tried it as a dandruff shampoo. It's pretty good on dandruff also.

    I've been using baking soda to shave for years. Actually, if you add it to your warm bath before shaving, ladies, you'll get the closest shave of your life. The baking soda not only softens the water, it helps to open your pores up, which allows you to get a closer shave. Just use about 1/4 to a 1/2 cup in your bath, and make sure you mix it well to help dissolve it.

    Baking soda has so many other helpful uses around the house, it'd take forever to list them all.

    Baking soda and water is a great antacid too. :D I had horrible upset stomachs from stress, and it worked better than Pepto, Mylanta, Alka-Seltzer, and so on. The taste isn't something that most people would be fond of, it is bitter and bland. And never ever take it when you have a full stomach.

    I apologize in advance for the slight sidetrack here, but due to the mention of the antacid use of baking soda (which it does work well as.)

    Ok, this is going to sound completely insane, but... check this... for really bad heartburn, don't use an antacid, it only exacerbates the refulx problem. The issue for many people is not actually an excess of acid, but that the LES (lower esophogeal sphincter [sp?]) is not fully clamping shut. Now, the LES is sensitive to PH and will close tighter if the PH gets lower, so try taking 4 or 5 capsules of crystallized apple cider vinegar. You can get it at any health food store, and most likely walgreen's CVS, and similar stores too. I know it sound ludicrous to ADD more acid to your stomach, but I swear it works, and FAST too! Usually within about five minutes or so for me. I use this method all the time, and I have turned some other people on to it who have chronic heartburn and they fare pretty darn well with it as well and have given up the prescription meds for it. Take it or leave it. Maybe I'm even misinformed about why it works, and falling victim to post hoc ergo propter on the explanation I was given; but regardless of that, it definitely does work. It surprised me more than anyone. I didn't expect it to work, in fact I was certain it was going to make it worse and I was going to have to chug a whole bottle of mylanta and give myself the runs! Shock of all shocks when five minutes later, no heartburn! Since I started using that as my primary method for heartburn control, the frequency of heartburn has greatly decreased as well, I used to practically live on pepcid, zantac, and tums.

    I'm not too sure I buy this. Check out my shaving instructable at