Baking Soda Book Uses of Baking Soda

A little about baking soda

Baking soda is a very versatile natural substance that can be seen used throughout history and was first recognized by bakers to make breads. Baking soda trapped carbon dioxide in the ingredients of the bread causing it to rise. Bakers have used sodium bicarbonate, baking soda, through out our history to make cakes, breads and to bake other types of dough that rise. The use of baking soda in baking continues today.

As the world continued to evolve and change, the use of baking soda is seen used in the manufacturing of glass, paper, soaps, and in detergents. Baking soda is also found in the process of refining aluminum and in other metal manufacturing processes. If you have hard water you most likely are using a form of sodium bicarbonate, baking soda or sodium carbonate in your water softener still today.

One of the first processes for actually making baking soda is called the Leblanc process but this is no longer used. For nearly 150 years, baking soda has been sold throughout the world, the continued use of baking soda has grown from baking to include many cleaning and deodorizing uses through out the home as well.

In 1930ís the largest deposit of baking soda was found in a Federal Reserve area in Wyoming. This large mineral deposit is actually called trona. From this deposit of trona, you will find that washing ash and baking soda are then created. The United States is one of the largest producers of baking soda still today.

Baking soda is a naturally occurring substance that is made from sodium carbonate, soda ash or sodium bicarbonate. Because baking soda is a naturally found material using it for your everyday cleaning, baking and deodorizing will not harm your environment.

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