Baking soda - aka. Sodium bicarbonate - cheap, easily available and incredibly versatile. While you may already be using the chemical compound to clean your kitchen or make your biscuits rise, there's a lot you can do with it. In honor of National Baking Soda Day today (yes, he has one!).

1. Tender meat.
Baking soda is often used by bakers as a leavening agent in bread and cookies, but some chefs also use it to soften meat. Many Chinese recipes call for marinating raw meat in a solution of baking soda and water, which changes the pH level of the meat and keeps the meat tender as it cooks. Be sure to apply baking soda directly to the meat you're working with -- rather than the skin or fat of the meat -- and wash it off before cooking.

2. Silver polishing.

Jewelry and silverware can be difficult to clean, and you probably don't want to spend the time cleaning silver with toxic cleaning solutions. For a cheap, non-toxic cleaner, sprinkle 1/4 cup of baking soda into an aluminum foil tub filled with the soiled silver stuff. Cast boiling water on silver also leave it soak To your silverware is cleanly .

3. Remove splinters.
If you are having trouble extracting the splinter that is deeply embedded in your skin, don't worry. Applie a mix of water & baking soda to skin round splinter and covering it with an adhesive bandage. Withiin a day OR 2, the baking soda will soften skin round splinter, making it easy for you to removing splinter with tweezers.

4. Water your wounds.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology recommends that people with hay fever try a sinus rinse with a homemade saline solution to remove extra mucus and allergens. Mix three parts iodized salt with one part baking soda, and add distilled or boiled (and cooled) water. Put the solution into a syringe with a bulb and, with your head tilted, squeeze the solution into each nostril.

5. Whiten your teeth.

To make your own version, combine two parts hydrogen peroxide and one part baking soda, then gently brush your teeth. After a min, rinsing your mouth well. To avert damaging your tooth enamel, brush gently, use toothpaste no more than once a week, and ask your dentist for guidance.

6. Anti body odor.
If you want to make your own non-toxic deodorant, get some baking soda. Sprinkle a paste baking soda also water nether your armpits, or making a normal deodorant stick with coconut oil / cornstarch / baking soda,also essential oil.

7. Make your home better.
You can actually keep a packet of baking soda in the fridge to neutralize bad odors, but don't lose sight of the rest of your home. Make a homemade air freshener by putting ½ cup of baking soda and a few drops of essential oil in a small jar. Cover the jar with a cloth and place it in your bathroom or closet.

8. Get rid of itchy bug bites.

For any irritating insect bites, you can use baking soda paste to relieve pain, swelling, and itching around the sting. Put a mix of three parts baking soda & one part water to skin around bite. This solution will relieve pain from insect bites, bee stings, and even exposure to poison ivy.

9. Kill bugs.
The insects, ants, and cockroaches that eat the baking soda will die as the baking soda releases deadly bubbles of carbon dioxide in their bodies. For more eco-friendly pest control, sprinkle baking soda and vinegar on ant mounds, and pour baking soda over plants to kill any insects that might be trying to chew vegetables.

10. Reduce dandruff.
Instead of buying an anti-dandruff shampoo, try washing your hair with baking soda. When you are in the shower, massage your hair with a paste of baking soda and water. Rinsing it off after a some seconds. Baking soda can removing excess oil also flaky skin of your scalp