Sodium bicarbonate, known as baking soda, bicarb soda, bread soda and cooking soda, is a white solid usually appearing as a white powder. Here are some of the more common uses of baking soda in the world today!
Uses of Baking Soda
- The primary use of baking soda is in cooking. It reacts with things such as cream of tartar, lemon juice, yogurt, buttermilk, cocoa and vinegar to produce carbon dioxide. This carbon dioxide causes dough to rise.
- Sodium bicarbonate is often kept in laboratories to safely neutralize acids and bases that are spilled. It can also put out small fires.
- Baking soda can be used as a treatment for gout.
- Bicarb soda is also used in antacid tablets to treat indigestion and heartburn. It may also be used in medicines that treat chronic renal failure and aspirin overdose.
- The performance of athletes may be improved by ingesting small amounts of baking soda. Large amounts are dangerous.
- Baking soda is often used in cleaning and scrubbing. In warm water, it removes tarnish from silver when in contact with a piece of aluminum foil. Heavy tea and coffee stains can be remove with baking soda.
- Sodium bicarbonate is sometimes added to pools to increase the pH of the water.
- People who sell used books use baking soda to absorb the odor of old books!
- There are some home recipes for people who want to make toothpaste and deodorants out of baking soda!