My main gripe is about the environmental pollutants from cleaning and personal care products that we wash down our drains and into our water systems, resulting in situations like the chemical triclosan a pesticide added to many products as an antibacterial agent being found in dolphins. So the simple plan is to encourage everyone to use baking soda in any of these 51 applications. Besides showing kindness to aquatic life, we can also protect ourselves from the array of toxins in household cleaning products. Conventional cleansers can expose us to multiple chemicals linked to asthma, cancer and other documented health problems.
Leavening agent In cooking, baking soda is primarily used in baking as a leavening agent. When it reacts with acid, carbon dioxide is released, which causes expansion of the batter and forms the characteristic texture and grain in pancakes, cakes, quick breadssoda breadand other baked and fried foods.
Acidic compounds that induce this reaction include phosphatescream of tartarlemon juiceyogurtbuttermilkcocoaand vinegar. Baking soda may be used together with sourdoughwhich is acidic, making a lighter product with a less acidic taste.
When used this way on its own, without the presence of an acidic component whether in the batter or by the use of a baking powder containing acidonly half the available CO2 is released.
Additionally, in the absence of acid, thermal decomposition of sodium bicarbonate also produces sodium carbonatewhich is strongly alkaline and gives the baked product a bitter, "soapy" taste and a yellow color. To avoid an over-acidic taste from added acid, nonacid ingredients such as whole milk or Dutch-processed cocoa are often added to baked foods.
Sodium bicarbonate was sometimes used in cooking green vegetables, as it gives them a bright green colour—which has been described as artificial-looking—due to its reacting with chlorophyll to produce chlorophyllin.
It is also used in Asian and Latin American cuisine to tenderize meats. Baking soda may react with acids Baking soda food, including vitamin C L -ascorbic acid. It is also used in breading, such as for fried foods, to enhance crispness and allow passages for steam to escape, so the breading is not blown off during cooking.
Pest control[ edit ] Sodium bicarbonate can be used to kill cockroaches. Once consumed, it causes internal organs of cockroaches to burst due to gas collection. This will also raise the pH level and make maintaining proper pH easier.
In the event that the pH is high, sodium bicarbonate should not be used to adjust the pH. The effect is caused by the thermal decomposition, which produces carbon dioxide gas to produce a long snake -like ash as a combustion product of the other main component, sucrose.
Mild disinfectant[ edit ] It has weak disinfectant properties,   and it may be an effective fungicide against some organisms. The alkaline nature of sodium bicarbonate makes it the only dry chemical agent, besides Purple-Kthat was used in large-scale fire suppression systems installed in commercial kitchens.
Because it can act as an alkali, the agent has a mild saponification effect on hot grease, which forms a smothering, soapy foam. Neutralization of acids and bases[ edit ] Sodium bicarbonate is amphotericreacting with acids and bases.
It reacts violently with acids, releasing CO2 gas as a reaction product. It is commonly used to neutralize unwanted acid solutions or acid spills in chemical laboratories. Medical uses and health[ edit ] Sodium bicarbonate mixed with water can be used as an antacid to treat acid indigestion and heartburn.
For this reason, sodium bicarbonate is used in medically supervised cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Aspirin requires an acidic environment for proper absorption, and the basic environment diminishes aspirin absorption in the case of an overdose.
This was ascribed to the high concentration of chloride, rather than the sodium content in dietary salts. As early as the s, bicarbonate was found to cause increased bone strength in patients who were losing calcium in their urine.
Indiets producing too much acid were thought to put bones at risk. Adding bicarbonate to the diet he used potassium bicarbonate reduced loss of calcium in postmenopausal women, amounting to the equivalent of "an arm-and-a-leg's worth" of bone if this continued for two decades.
A wide variety of applications follows from its neutralization properties, including reducing the spread of white phosphorus from incendiary bullets inside an afflicted soldier's wounds.
Proinflammatory molecules were reduced and anti-inflammatory molecules were released. Personal hygiene[ edit ] Toothpaste containing sodium bicarbonate has in several studies been shown to have a better whitening     and plaque removal effect   than toothpastes without it.
Sodium bicarbonate is also used as an ingredient in some mouthwashes. It has anticaries and abrasive properties. This is done by addition of a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate to cool water that was recently boiled, followed by gentle scrubbing of the eyelash base with a cotton swab dipped in the solution.
A manufacturer recommends a paste made from baking soda with minimal water as a gentle scouring powder,  and is useful in removing surface rust, as the rust forms a water-soluble compound when in a concentrated alkaline solution;  cold water should be used, as hot-water solutions can corrode steel.
It is also effective in removing heavy tea and coffee stains from cups when diluted with warm water. Also, baking soda can be used as a multipurpose odor remover. Uranium oxides were found to stick very well to cotton cloth, and did not wash out with soap or laundry detergent.
Clothing can become contaminated with toxic dust of depleted uranium DUwhich is very dense, hence used for counterweights in a civilian context, and in armour-piercing projectiles. DU is not removed by normal laundering; washing with about 6 ounces g of baking soda in 2 gallons 7. Aqueous solutions are very mildly alkaline due to the formation of carbonic acid and hydroxide ion: Reaction of sodium bicarbonate and an acid produces a salt and carbonic acid, which readily decomposes to carbon dioxide and water: This reaction is used to test for the presence of carboxylic groups in protein.
History[ edit ] InFrench chemist Nicolas Leblanc produced sodium carbonate, also known as soda ash.Continued. Help chemotherapy work: While no scientific studies have found that baking soda cures cancer, research does show that it can help some cancer treatments work better.
Some chemotherapy. Continued. Help chemotherapy work: While no scientific studies have found that baking soda cures cancer, research does show that it can help some cancer treatments work better.
Some chemotherapy. What is baking soda used for? Baking soda uses are plentiful to say the least. Many of us think of baking soda as just an ingredient for baking or something that helps to keep our refrigerators odor-free, but baking soda is incredibly good for your health and your entire home, too!
This Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda lb box is a convenient size to use for baking, and it has practical applications for use around your home. Product Description Our baking soda is an excellent natural leavening agent for all of your. Baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate.
When baking soda is combined with moisture and an acidic ingredient (e.g., yogurt, chocolate, buttermilk, honey), the resulting chemical reaction produces bubbles of carbon dioxide that expand under oven temperatures, causing baked goods to expand or rise.