What is baking soda well here are some facts about baking soda you may not be aware of!
Baking soda is a mined mineral that’s extracted from mother earth as sodium sesquicarbonate otherwise referred to as trona. Trona is then processed into a more soluble from called soda ash.
Other baking soda facts like…. what is in baking soda?
Baking soda is loaded with sodium bicarbonate crystals which is created by dissolving the soda ash in water along with carbon dioxide.
The majority of the baking soda in the US is mined underground in southwestern Wyoming.
Have you ever heard of Arm and Hammer Baking Soda? This is the largest company that manufactures
baking soda in the United States.
Once dried, the end product is a white powder that is referred to as Baking Soda!
While the white powder gives baking soda a soft outer look, it’s actually a great product for scrubbing because of the tiny crystals that make up the powder.
Have you ever used baking soda to exfoliate your skin or clean the floors?
Well baking soda for skin is a easy, cost effective, and efficient way to exfoliate the skin.
There are two properties which affect and break down baking soda: water and acid. By adding water it will dissolve and lose any cleansing ability it once had. Acid added to baking soda causes it to foam. This chemical reaction is the baking soda reacting to the loss of the carbon dioxide.
Have you ever tried and experiment where you combine baking soda and vinegar?
Have you seen the effects of a vinegar and baking soda reaction?
Many middle and high school chemistry classes try this experiment each year. The end product is a baking soda volcano. It follows with an eruption which spews lava from the chemical reaction!
Here are some of the favorite baking soda uses:
1. Cooking as a leavening agent. But do not confuse baking soda with baking powder. They will both produce carbon dioxide that cause the baked items to rise. Baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate, baking powder is a mix.
2. Fire retardant. Sodium bicarbonate powder is great to smother small fires because heating of sodium bicarbonate releases carbon dioxide.
3. Swimming pools. Adding some Sodium bicarbonate can increase pH balance of water where chlorine is high such as in swimming pools and aquariums.
4. Minor relief for sunburn and insect bites or stings. Baking soda and water create a paste (baking soda mask) which when applied can give temporary relief for minor burns and bee stings.
5. Odor remover. Using Baking soda in laundry is great for shoes and also when washing clothes.
6. Carpet odor remover. Not only does this remove odor in clothes but there are many homemade carpet cleaning recipes that use baking soda.
7. Teeth whitener. Does baking soda whiten teeth? Just try it! It’s great for whitening teeth. It comes in a toothpaste form or you can create your own paste with water and a pinch of hydrogen peroxide.
8. Deodorizer for the refrigerator. Many people leave baking soda in the fridge to absorb odors.
9. Bath tub and sink drain cleaner and refresher. Just create a baking soda and vinegar reaction, add some water and pour down the drain.
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