Other name: bicarbonate of soda, sodium bicarbonate.
Baking soda (NaHCO3) is a white crystalline powder with a slightly alkaline taste; it is used in a wide range of applications, including cleaning, deodorizing, buffering, and fire extinguishing.
Baking Soda Uses:
- Baking soda is used as deodorant because it neutralizes odors rather than masking or absorbing them.
- Baking soda is use as mouthwash to whiten teeth and freshen and cleans your mouth. Gargle with 1/2-teaspoon baking soda in one-half glass of water.
- Baking soda is use as tongue cleaner. Put half teaspoon baking soda in your toothbrush then brush it to your tongue for few seconds. Then rinse your mouth. Brush again your teeth and tongue with your regular toothpaste. You can feel all the dirt in your tongue is removed.
- Baking soda is use to clean and remove the odor in denture, retainers and mouth-guards. After cleaning with toothbrush soak in a solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda and warm water for at least 10mins.
- Baking soda can help soften your skin. Just add 1/2-cup or more to your bath water.
- Baking soda can help relieve skin irritation. To relieve diaper rash put 2-tablespoons of baking soda in your baby’s bath water. Taking a baking soda bath can also relieve general skin irritations such as measles and chicken pox.
- Baking soda can help remove residue that styling products leave behind, so your hair is cleaner and more manageable. Sprinkle a small amount (quarter-size) of baking soda into your palm along with your favorite shampoo. Shampoo as usual and rinse thoroughly. You can also soak you your combs in baking soda and water overnight then rinse it with water to keep it clean.
- Baking soda can help remove strong odors from your hands. Wet your hands and rub them with baking soda, then rinse.
- Baking soda is use as detergent cleanser because its crystalline structure provides a gentle abrasion that helps to remove dirt without scratching sensitive surfaces.
- Baking soda can immediately put out fires in stove, car, upholstery, rugs and clothing. In case of fire; scatter the powder by the handful to safely put it out. It won’t damage anything it touches.
- Baking soda is use to clean vegetables and fruit, just sprinkle in water, soak the produce for 3mins then rinse again in running water.
- Baking soda is use to clean the refrigerator to remove germs, stain and odor. You can also deodorize your fridge and freezer by putting in an open container of baking soda to absorb odors. Stir and turn over the baking soda from time to time. Replace every 2 months.
- Baking soda can help reduce odor build-up in your dishwasher, just sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom and run your dishwasher through its cycle with baking soda in it instead of soap to give it a good cleaning.
- Wash out thermos bottles and cooling containers with baking soda and water to get rid of stale smells.
- Baking soda can help remove burned food from the pan. Just let the pan soak in baking soda and water for 10 minutes before washing or scrub the pot with dry soda and a moist scouring pad. If the burned food is thick, let the baking soda and little water sit overnight.
- Baking soda can remove tarnish from stainless steel and chrome. Mix baking soda with little water to make a paste then using a cloth rub the mixture in stainless steel and chrome until it is shiny again. Rinse and dry.
- Keep your drains clean and free-flowing by putting 4 tablespoons of soda in them each week. Flush the soda down with hot water.
- Baking soda can clean shower curtain, just soak the shower curtains in water and baking soda to clean.
- Sprinkling baking soda in your tennis shoes, socks, boots and slippers can help eliminate odor.
- Baking soda can help remove stain and grease in your clothes. Just sprinkle to the washing water.
- Baking Soda is use to whiten your laundry. Add a 1/2 cup of baking soda to the wash when you add your regular liquid detergent. The baking soda can make you clothes whiter and brighter and odor free.
- Baking Soda as fabric softener. Instead of using fabric softener, try adding a 1/2 cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle. It acts as a natural softener and is gentler for those with sensitivities to chemicals in their laundry.
- Baking soda can make dried beans more digestible. Add a little baking soda to water and soak dried beans for 6-8 hours then rinse in running water before cooking.
Baking Powder and Baking Soda (bicarbonate) in Baking: Baking powder and baking soda are both leavening agents that cause batters to rise when baked. When a recipe contains baking powder and baking soda, the baking powder does most of the leavening. Baking soda is about four times as strong as baking powder.
It is used in recipes that contain an acidic ingredient (e.g. vinegar, citrus juice, sour cream, yogurt, buttermilk, honey, molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, and fruits) because the baking soda neutralizes the acids in the recipe plus it also adds to it tenderness.
Baking tip: Icing for cakes will spread smoother and prevent the icing from cracking if you add just a pinch of baking soda as you make it.