I tried using baking soda instead of soap and shampoo for four or five days. It worked great as a shampoo. My hair has been silky and soft. In place of soap it seemed alright. It must work as an exfoliant. It's kind of warming. Everything seemed fine until I realized it might be what has been causing agitated nerves lately. Last night I could not sleep no matter what I tried, until finally I took a shower in hopes that if it was the baking soda, showering would rinse any of it still on the skin off. I felt calmer after that and even better after applying coconut oil on my legs, arms and abdomen. I really wonder if I overdid on the baking soda. I still might use it for my hair at least part of the time, and maybe use a little here and there, but not too much. I think I have noticed before that it hasn't seemed calming when I used some in a bath. Epsom salts, on the other hand is calming for me. I remember someone else on this forum or the RP question and answer forum saying baking soda in a bath was not calming for them.