Baking soda is one of those things that most people have in their pantries but only reach for on certain occasions, like when a cookie recipe calls for it. The thing is, it can (and should) be used for so much more than baking. In case you don’t already know, baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, a basic chemical compound that’s good for things like baking and cleaning because of the way it reacts with acid. Its abrasive texture is perfect for scrubbing things that can be hard to clean, like grout or a dirty oven. And these same features also make it a great tool for everything from maintaining dental hygiene to keeping your garden alive. To get the most out of your baking soda from now on, start incorporating the hacks on the next pages into all aspects of your life.