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History Facts Baking Soda Know 35 uses of Baking Soda

History Facts Baking Soda Know 35 uses of Baking Soda
Know History of Baking Soda
Know Facts about Baking Soda
Know 35 uses of Baking Soda

Now a days very few people make use of the Baking Soda to improve their life style
Baking Soda can be used daily in home to improve health and hygiene.

Baking Soda is cheaply available in every store and if one understands the uses of Baking Soda he will certainly say that Baking Soda is the magical Soda Powder

Baking soda is not to be confused with baking powder both are different
Baking powder and baking soda are similar yet different since baking powder is made up of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and one or multiple acid salts

All baking powders contain sodium bicarbonate (just like baking soda). But baking powder also contains two acids.  One of these acids is called monocalcium phosphate. Monocalcium phosphate doesn’t react with the sodium bicarbonate while it’s dry. But as soon as the baking powder is stirred into a wet dough or batter, the two ingredients begin to react, releasing bubbles of CO2 and causing chemical leavening.

We can use Baking Soda inside our home as well as outside, One can use baking soda everywhere for many purposes.

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Let us first understand
a-What is Baking Soda?
b-Origin, History of Baking Soda

Sodium bicarbonate (IUPAC name: sodium hydrogen carbonate), commonly known as baking soda, is a chemical compound with the formula NaHCO3.
It is a salt composed of a sodium cation (Na+) and a bicarbonate anion (HCO3-).

The elements within it are sodium, hydrogen, carbon, oxygen.

Sodium bicarbonate is a white solid that is crystalline, but often appears as a fine powder. It has a slightly salty, alkaline taste resembling that of washing soda (sodium carbonate). The natural mineral form is nahcolite. It is a component of the mineral natron and is found dissolved in many mineral springs.

Baking soda has only one ingredient: sodium bicarbonate. Sodium bicarbonate is a base that reacts when it comes into contact with acids, like buttermilk, yogurt or vinegar. This reaction produces carbon dioxide (CO2) in the form of bubbles, like a liquid foam When making baked goods, the process is called “chemical leavening,” because the trapped CO2 gas makes the dough or batter rise.

Sodium bicarbonate can even be found in the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines. A 2002 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) publication found that the majority of sodium bicarbonate global applications were in food (human and animal.) About 5% of its use was in cosmetics.

Following are the popular names of Sodium Bicarbonate
1-Baking Soda,
2-bread soda,
3-cooking soda,
4-bicarbonate of soda

In 1791, French chemist Nicolas Leblanc produced sodium carbonate, also known as soda ash.

In 1846, Austin Church, a Connecticut physician, and John Dwight, a farmer from Massachusetts, established a factory in New York to manufacture baking soda. Dr. Church's son, John, owned a mill called the Vulcan Spice Mills. Vulcan, the Roman god of forge and fire, was represented by an arm and hammer, and the new baking soda company adopted the arm and hammer logo as its own. Today, the Arm & Hammer brand of baking soda is among the most widely recognized brand names.

French chemist Nicholas Leblanc combined sodium chloride with heated sulfuric acid, creating sodium sulfate. This was then heated with coal and limestone to create baking soda, otherwise known as soda ash.

In the 1800s, Belgian chemical engineer Ernest Solvay created another method to produce baking soda. Solvay heated carbon dioxide and ammonia to produce sodium chloride. The process resulted in sodium bicarbonate, which formed a concentrated version of baking soda

Ancient Egyptians used baking soda as a component in a cleaning agent that they called natron.

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, comes from soda ash obtained either through the Solvay process or from trona ore, a hard, crystalline material. Trona dates back 50 million years, to when the land surrounding Green River, Wyoming, was covered by a 600-square-mile (1,554-square-kilometer) lake. As it evaporated over time, this lake left a 200-billion-ton deposit of pure trona between layers of sandstone and shale. The deposit at the Green River Basin is large enough to meet the entire world's needs for soda ash and sodium bicarbonate for thousands of years.

Baking Soda is safe when you compare it with other home cleaning liquid

It is classified as an acid salt, formed by combining an acid (carbonic) and a base (sodium hydroxide), and it reacts with other chemicals as a mild alkali. At temperatures above 300 degrees Fahrenheit (149 degrees Celsius), baking soda decomposes into sodium carbonate (a more stable substance), water, and carbon dioxide.

The native chemical and physical properties of baking soda account for its wide range of applications, including cleaning, deodorizing, buffering, and fire extinguishing. Baking soda neutralizes odors chemically, rather than masking or absorbing them

There are two types of baking powder: Single-acting and Double-acting. The first makes carbon dioxide bubbles as soon as you make the mixture, while double-acting produces additional bubbles when your mixture is heated in the oven. This is because of the calcium acid phosphate, which lets out a small amount of carbon dioxide when the water is added, but much more when the mixture is heated.

Baking soda is gentle, but effective. It doesn’t react with many other compounds so it is widely usable Baking soda is basic. It is alkaline. This means it neutralizes the natural acidity in many things, which lengthens their lives and allows them to last longer.

Following are the uses of Baking Soda that is Sodium Bicarbonate -

1-baking soda, is used to relieve heartburn, sour stomach, or acid indigestion by neutralizing excess stomach acid. When used for this purpose, it is said to belong to the group of medicines called antacids.

2-It may be used to treat the symptoms of stomach or duodenal ulcers. Sodium bicarbonate is also used to make the blood and urine more alkaline in certain conditions.

3-Sprinkling baking soda around areas that are prone to bugs will help keep them away. These will be areas such as under the sink, in corners, in shelves, and around where you have wet food and
compost trash

4-Kitchen Odors – Sprinkling baking soda will absorb any leftover odors. All you need to do is sprinkle baking soda over smelly areas, let it absorb the odor overnight, and wipe it away next morning.

5-Fridge Odors – If you pop open a box of baking soda in your fridge, it will keep your fridge odorless.  It prevents strong food odors from seeping into other foods and ruining their taste

6- Polishing Agent - With Baking soda you can clean surfaces like chrome, steel, counter tops, and even marble.  Just add water to baking soda and clean these surfaces and you will see the power of baking soda.

7-Bottle Odors – To clean your bottles, flasks, and other utensils or containers that hold strong odors, soak them in a baking soda solution for an hour at a time. Rinse and
repeat if necessary.

8- Hand Odors Garlic or Onion Odors – just sprinkle baking soda on your hands and scrub together under warm water and you will see that the odor has gone.

9-Sponge Odor – to eliminate Sponge odor just drop your sponge into a solution of baking soda and water and let it soak for about 30 minutes and you will see that the odor has gone.
same way you can clean your Mop Cleaner also.

10-Clean Burned Non Stick Pans – How to clean burnt matter on pan? -  Boil water in the pan, and turn the stove off. Then, add baking soda, depending on the size of the pan. Let this solution sit overnight. Tomorrow morning, you will be able to instantly clean the burnt matter from your pan without damaging it.
smaller the pan small amount of baking soda, if your pan is large, big add half cup of baking soda.

11- Baking Soda as bathroom cleaner -  Just like kitchen you can use baking soda as a bathroom cleaner.

12-Unclogging Drains – How to clean drain?
First, pour boiling water down the drain, followed immediately by half cup of baking soda
Second, combine 1 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of hot water, and pour that mixture into the drain
after 10 or 20 minutes pour once again hot boiling water into the drain.

The reaction between the vinegar and baking soda is what clears the clog in your drain.

13-Glass Cleaner – To use baking soda as a cleaner for glass, mirrors, and other smooth surfaces, sprinkle a tiny bit onto a wet paper towel and just wipe the mirror with it
baking soda will eliminate all oils and marks gently and effectively.

14- Mouth Bacteria Killer, Odor Killer – All you need to do is rinse and gargle with a cup of warm water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. Make sure you gargle in your throat and this solution will successfully kill the vast majority of the bacteria in your mouth

15-Heartburn Medicine - All you need to do is add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to 1 glass of water and drink it. Baking soda is a neutralizer, so it will act to reduce the acid reflux
you have from your stomach, eliminate heartburn, and help the core problem of indigestion in your stomach

16-To clean your floors and walls, simply make a baking soda paste, with equal parts baking soda and warm water. Use that to scrub your hardwood floors and walls

17-Anti-fungicide for plants – If you make a ½ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of water solution and spray it over your plants, it will make them more resistant to
fungus. This combines the gentle nature of baking soda with its anti-fungal properties

18-In your home use Baking Soda to clean sinks, tubs, tile, microwaves, plastic containers, Industrially, Baking Soda is used to clean large machinery and commercial kitchen equipment.

19-When used as a paste on skin or in the bath, Baking Soda soothes the irritation of poison ivy, insect bites, sunburn, and prickly heat.

20-Fire Extinguishing: Baking Soda is effective as a fire extinguisher for grease and electrical fires. When Baking Soda is heated it releases carbon dioxide (just as when dough rises) and produces water. Since carbon dioxide is heavier than air and does not support combustion like oxygen does, it smothers the fire while the water that is formed cools the fire

21-Remove Tea and Coffee stains from pots, cup and mugs – Just mix baking soda and hot water and pour it into pot and let it soak overnight and next day clean them

22-Use Baking Soda to clean and deodorize your cutting boards

23-A small pinch of sodium bicarbonate preserves the green color in cooked vegetables (too much destroys the vitamin C). Also helps to reduce acidity when stewing sour plums or rhubarb.

24-It is usually administered by mouth to treat metabolic (particularly renal) acidosis and mild urinary-tract infections. It is also an ingredient of many antacid preparations and is used in the form of drops to soften earwax.

25-When baking soda is used as a cleaner in paste form or dry on a damp sponge, its crystalline structure provides a gentle abrasion that helps to remove dirt without scratching sensitive surfaces. Its mild alkalinity works to turn up fatty acids contained in dirt and grease into a form of soap that can be dissolved in water and rinsed easily.

26-Baking soda is also used as a leavening agent in making baked goods such as bread or pancakes. When combined with an acidic agent (such as lemon juice), carbon dioxide gas is released and is absorbed by the product's cells. As the gas expands during baking, the cell walls expand as well, creating a leavened product.

27-baking soda releases carbon dioxide when heated. Since carbon dioxide is heavier than air, it can smother flames by keeping oxygen out, making sodium bicarbonate a useful agent in fire extinguishers.

28-Many commercial preparations of antacids contain sodium bicarbonate. Alka-Seltzer® antacid contains sodium bicarbonate in addition to citric acid (C6H8O7), which is used to dissolve the sodium bicarbonate. Pure baking soda will also relieve heartburn, but the citric acid in commercial antacids improves the taste and accelerates the disintegration of the tablet. When sodium bicarbonate is dissolved in water, the compound separates into ions, or charged particles, of sodium (Na+) and bicarbonate (HCO3). The bicarbonate ions then react with acids

29-Sodium bicarbonate injection is used medicinally to replenish the body’s electrolytes, as when severe dehydration has occurred.

30-It is also used to restore pH balance when the body’s systems have become too acidic, as in metabolic acidosis, which can happen in response to kidney disease, diabetes and other conditions.

31-Sodium bicarbonate injections are used to treat drug overdoses and poisoning.

32-Baking soda is added to swimming pools to moderate the effects of chlorine.

33-Invisible Magical ink -Magic with sodium bicarbonate, there’s a little trick you can try -
Mix equal parts baking soda and water to create the liquid that is “ink”. Dip your your quill, toothpick or a similar writing tool into the mixture and draw on a sheet of paper. Allow the paper to dry then you can make the letters or the drawing appear by using one of the two ways: either hold the paper close to a heat source, such as a light bulb or above a lighter flame; your writing will appear in a brown color. The other way is to cover the entire paper in grape juice, and the secret message will appear in a different color.

34-Itchy Skin Relief – Baking soda can help to reduce discomfort from sunburn, allergic rashes, and skin affected by poison ivy or poison oak. Mix a teaspoon with some water to create a baking soda paste and apply it to the areas of concern. Leave it on for several minutes and then rinse. You can do this a few times per day as needed.

35- To clean, To remove Odors you can use anywhere Baking Soda inside your home or outside or from your car. Baking Soda is harmless when compared with other products which are available in markets.

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