Baking soda is a pantry staple but rarely does its use stretch beyond dessert recipes or freshening the fridge. But before you write this simple powder off, know this: sodium bicarbonate can step in to ease the sting of bug bites and sunburn, as well as clean your whole house from top to bottom. "Because baking soda has alkaline and antiseptic properties, it will soothe the acidic pH of skin and help to prevent infection," explains Marie Jhin, M.D., a dermatologist in San Francisco.
Safe for kids, mild, unscented, and very inexpensive, baking soda is actually a miracle in a box. Here are 12 great ways to use it: