The other night I found out the hard way that baking soda is good for yet another thing. I was snuggling my 4 year-old to sleep. He had been talking about his tummy hurting, and all of a sudden it was clear that it was stomach flu.
… [Insert scary movie music here. — Ed.]
The cleanup was epic and the mattress pad was NOT in fact waterproof. So, after stripping the bed and wiping the mattress with a damp soapy rag, it still needed something. I grabbed my huge jug of baking soda and started pouring little mountains on the mattress and sort of gently distributing it and rubbing it in (just barely). I let it sit a few minutes and then vaccuumed it up. It eliminated nearly all of the remaining… concern. Within 15 minutes there was pretty much no odor.
The next day we marched out and bought a working moisture barrier.
Is there nothing baking soda can't do? That's why it's part of the Parenthacker's Toolkit.