5 things you didn't know baking soda could do

If there's a pack of baking soda collecting dust somewhere in your kitchen, why not take it out and put it into practical use - other than for baking?

A video on Reader's Digest's YouTube channel shows us five extraordinary uses for sodium bicarbonate, the chemical compound we normally use as a raising agent.

For instance, you can use it to treat a burn and prevent it from blistering.

Baking soda is also the key to getting meat so tender it melts in your mouth, according to Reader's Digest's video.

Check out the gallery below to see how baking soda can be used in five extraordinary ways, as recommended by Reader's Digest, or view the video on the next page.