The Face Wash That Surprised Me

June 11, 2012Katie

Not long ago, my daughter Kayla had a strange unexplained breakout on her chin. She tried everything. We ordered her several of the well-known acne treatments on the market and she spent countless dollars on sensitive skin acne treatments including some labeled “organic”.

No matter what she tried, nothing cleared up the blemishes.

So she opted to search for a natural fix.

Somewhere on the net, she found that washing your face with baking soda could work miracles so she tried it.

Within a few short weeks, her face had cleared up!

Flash forward to my forehead and hormones.

Yes it’s that time of life for me apparently and randomly, my forehead broke out for the first time in my life.  I know why it happened…

It happened because I made fun of my son.

He played high school football this year, and had one lone pimple on his forehead. Now normally, pimples would go right away on him, but not this one.

This one was right on the area of his forehead where his helmet would press when he got hit by a blocker in football. Every single game, that pimple got busted open, every week from July to November. He tried everything including Band Aids and thick head bands but to no avail.  It sort of became the running joke with all of us.

So, I think my punishment was that my forehead broke out. So I tried the home remedy my daughter did and …can you believe it?

My forehead cleared up.

Ever since, I have been using this treatment to wash my face daily. My skin has stayed blemish free.

And it’s cheap.

Mr. Wonderful hates the word “Cheap” and often corrects me by saying “use inexpensive instead”.

Ready for the super fancy remedy?


Make a thin paste of water and baking soda, and scrub your face with it. Rinse.

That’s it.

One sixteen ounce box is under a dollar.

That’s a lot of face washes for nothing.

My dad also uses it for bug stings..same thing – make a paste, apply and let it dry.  It pulls the poison right out.

Do you have a use for baking soda? Tell me about it in the comments below!



  • Lisa

    June 11, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    YIPPEE!! Can't wait to try it!! Who knew?? I've always thought the best things in life are free. This is pretty darn close! :)
  • Peggy Bass

    June 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    One time I went hiking and got into some tall grass which was full of chiggers. I had chigger bites everywhere. Someone told me to soak in warm water with baking soda in it. I was so miserable I would have tried anything. It worked. When I got out after about 20 minutes of soaking with a full box of baking soda in a tub as full as I could get, I did not itch at all any place. It's kinda like your dad and his paste but I couldn't put that much paste on to cover all the bites.
    1. DishinandDishes

      June 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      Peggy - cool! I've never tried it in the bath!
  • Nanny

    June 11, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Baking soda paste will remove stains from your countertop and is less abrasive than cleanser!
  • Marie at the Lazy W

    June 12, 2012 at 7:31 am

    EGAD I love baking soda solutions. Seems like there's NOTHING this can't help with!! LOL I saw a face scrub like this on Pinterest, and the model (of course) looks all golden and glowy and perfect. So thanks for the reminder and encouragement, I will be trying this! ; ) And good luck with your Karma, Katie. LOL
  • Karen

    June 12, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I use it in my garbage disposal. The laundry detergent is good too! Since my son started using it, he no longer has the on-going, dreaded athlete's foot!
    1. DishinandDishes

      June 12, 2012 at 9:56 am

      Great ideas you guys! Thanks so much for sharing!
  • Lynda

    June 12, 2012 at 10:36 am

    I've got to try this....I get little pimples all the time; must be the post- menopause thing going on! Thanks!
    1. DishinandDishes

      June 12, 2012 at 10:47 am

      Lynda - hope it works for you!
  • jenni Hocott-Riley

    June 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Do you remember ever using this to brush your teeth as a child, great for whitening them. Also great for safely scrubbing your white porcelain sinks or bathtubs...alot "Cheaper' than Soft Scrub and no bleach to dryout your skin..mix with a bit of vinegar (White) to give a foaming scrub..both can be used to take out strong smells in washer.
  • Dawn

    July 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    As soon as Camryn is asleep for her nap (I'm laying down with her), I'm going to go wash my face!!! I fight the hormonal blemishes about 1 to 2 weeks a month. Thanks, Katie!!

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