In EcoThrifty, baking soda is mentioned in several chapters as an inexpensive substitute for many commercial products. Here is a sample --
Facial scrub -- Put a little baking soda in your wet hand, rub your palms together and then gently apply the baking soda paste to your face. Rinse off and pat skin dry. It's a great exfoliator, and your skin will feel so soft!
Scouring powder -- Sprinkle a little in your sink or on your stove or whatever kitchen space needs a little extra elbow grease. Use a wet cloth to scrub the area and then wipe off.
Drain cleaner -- After scrubbing the sink with baking soda, sprinkle a couple tablespoons more into the drain and pour a cup of vinegar over it. This is a great science lesson for children also, as it shows what happens when you mix a base and an acid. If there is any chance you have a grease build-up in the drain, pour boiling water a couple minutes after the bubbling of the vinegar subsides.
Toothpaste -- Some people swear by using baking soda as a toothpaste.
Antacid -- My mother used to take a small spoonful of baking soda with water whenever she had heartburn. You can find instructions on most boxes of baking soda today!
Bath -- Adding baking soda to bath water softens the water and your skin.
Deodorizer -- Most people know that baking soda can absorb odors. You can put an open box in your refrigerator or sprinkle it on carpets before vacuuming. Vacuuming it up also eliminates odor from your vacuum cleaner bag.
Do you have some favorite uses for baking soda?