If baking soda is ever found to be toxic, I am totally boned. I use it for cleaning my body, hair, teeth, hard household surfaces, laundry (as an add-in), and dishes, and also for de-stanking the cats' litter boxes. The only downside to this product is that it isn't bigger. I've used store-brand baking soda occasionally and I understand that it's the same thing, but the consistency is never the same as A&H. To me, this is exactly the right consistency: fine enough to blend into a recipe or solution but sufficiently abrasive to clean, when used that way. It's even replaced my $xx Philosophy exfoliator and does a better job. Yes, the big box can be a hassle, but I've purchased or re-purposed lots of smaller containers, china saucers and bowls, even silver salt cellars (which it keeps brilliantly un-tarnished) and when repackaged, it looks very exclusive and "special." Who needs to know it's pennies an ounce and good for everything from the epidermis to the loo?