Baking Soda Book Uses of Baking Soda

What is baking soda?

You may have heard and read many names for 3 different compounds. The names are very similar but the three must never be confused. Here are some popular names that are around:

The following are names for Baking Soda (NaHCO3):

All references in this book are for the above compound (Baking Soda)

The following are names for Sodium Carbonate (Na2CO3):

  • Washing soda
  • Soda ash
  • Soda crystals

The third compound that I need to mention is Baking Powder:

Baking Powder is chemical leavener that combines an acid with Baking Soda (NaHCO3). The acid varies depending on country and product that you are purchasing.

As mentioned earlier it is very important that you do not confuse these 3 compounds when reading the tips in this book.

Baking soda is found in its natural forms in mineral deposits found throughout the world. Sodium bicarbonate is actually a naturally occurring 'substance' that you can find affecting all living creatures and things by maintaining the ph balance and the carbon dioxide through out the world. The use of baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, was not founded until the late 1840's after the first deposits of sodium bicarbonate had been discovered.

Baking soda is a natural cleaner, used with a variety of other natural substances baking soda can be made to scour, clean, deodorize and to gently lift dirt from a variety of fabrics and materials while deodorizing at the same time. Baking soda is a great cleaning solution because it acts as a neutralizer for many substances that cause smells and stains.

The first uses of baking soda continue to be used today in the manufacturing industries for making glass and the creation and production of other chemicals. Baking soda is often a main ingredient in scouring powders and powerful cleaning agents.

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