The wonderful world of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) is not just for baking but has hundreds of other uses. Many of these you will find on this website but I’m sure that there are many more. Not only does it have many uses but is also a very Eco friendly product to use.
At this point I would like to point out that I haven’t actually tried all of these so take no responsibility for the results that you get but I hope that these tips are really helpful around your home.
What is bicarbonate of soda.
Sodium bicarbonate to give its proper name is a fine powder that’s a natural mineral found dissolved in mineral springs. In 1846 the first factory was established in New York by John Dwight and Austin Church making bicarbonate of soda. It is primary used as a leavening agent for baking. Throughout history it has also been used for cleaning and hygiene and can be dated back to Egyptian times. To test for freshness add 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda to ½ cup of hot water and it will actively bubble if it is fresh.
Is bicarbonate of soda the same as baking soda.
Yes they are both the same it just depends on which country your from. You will often find some recipe books calling it baking soda and others calling it bicarbonate of soda which does get confusing but they are the same thing. To make things even more confusing it is also known as bicarb, sodium bicarb and sodium bicarbonate.
Is bicarbonate of soda the same as baking powder.
No both are leavening agents but used for different conditions and recipes but you can make baking powder by adding cream of tartar usually about twice as much to bicarbonate of soda.
How does it work
Bicarbonate of soda is used for effective cleaning thanks to its mildly abrasive tendencies. It dissolves in water to create a gentle cleaner that doesn’t scratch or damage the surfaces being cleaned.
As a neutraliser it is used to neutralise acids keeping the pH as near to natural as possible. This brings up all sorts of unusual applications from getting rid of odours to stopping car battery terminals from corroding.
For baking it is used as a leavening agent. Chemistry lesson: when bicarbonate of soda is mixed with an acid such as milk, lemon juice, vinegar or chocolate it causes a reaction. As it neutralises the acid carbon dioxide bubbles are released and this is what cause the mixture to rise.
What can it be used for.
This simple substance can be used for a whole host of different uses.
- Personal hygiene.
- Fire extinguishing.
- Water softener.
How do you use it.
- As a solution by adding 4 tablespoons to about 2 pints of warm water.
- As a paste by adding just enough water to create a paste.
- In an open container to reduce odors.
- Direct on to a damp cloth or onto an area to be cleaned.
Where can I buy bicarbonate of soda.
Most supermarkets and grocery stores sell it in small quantities but if you want to buy it in bulk then search the internet as there are many companies selling it, Amazon and Ebay are the most popular and well known eStores online and they sell it in bulk quantities.
As you read these pages you will see that you can use bicarbonate of soda in many ways. This means that you can be now be eco friendly and will have no more need to buy those expensive cleaners that you seem to end up with under the kitchen sink. You may be sceptical about using it but what have you got to loose give it a try and see for yourself if you can get the same results as your multiple cleaners that you have in your cupboards.