Baking soda can treat minor injuries, relieve digestive issues, and serve as a soaking aid. It can also freshen and clean areas of the home.
A paste made with baking soda and water can treat minor skin injuries like mosquito bites, poison ivy and bee stings. The baking soda works by helping to neutralize the irritants on the skin's surface. To relieve pain from a sunburn, add 1/2 cup of baking soda to a warm bath.
To use baking soda as an antacid, dissolve about 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in water and drink it. This mixture is appropriate for occasional, but not daily, use. Soaking in a bath with the addition of vinegar and baking soda can be very relaxing and can help soften the skin. A baking soda bath can also provide relief of sunburn pain.
Baking soda is useful in many household applications, including polishing silver and putting out grease fires. A paste of baking soda can be effective for scrubbing sinks and tubs and cleaning barbecue grills. Adding a cup of baking soda to a load of laundry can help make clothing brighter. Dry baking soda can also help pull minor stains from carpet by applying it to the stain and allowing it to sit for 15 minutes prior to vacuuming.