(ModernSurvival.org) – If you’ve never heard of it, Sodium bicarbonate sounds slightly intimidating. It’s a very common product almost everyone has in their home though, better known as baking soda.

Here, SensiblePrepper is showing us 15 uses for baking soda that many people may be unaware of.

The product is rather coarse, making it a great cleaner when mixed with water into a paste. Medicinally, this paste can help neutralize itchiness from poison ivy or bug bites. It’s also a great deodorizer. It’s popular to place this in the fridge to reduce odor, but it can also serve as an underarm deodorant in a pinch.

Multi-purpose items are a staple for survivalists — with good reason. Anything we can use for a variety of tasks can help us narrow down the number of items we need to consider stockpiling or adding to our survival bags. Knowing that baking soda can do so much makes it a great addition to our list of supplies.

Thank you to our friend at Modern Survival for contributing this piece.