The Many Uses of Sodium Bicarbonate,
also known as baking soda, bread soda, cooking soda,
and bicarbonate of soda
1. Used as a leavening agent. It reacts with acidic ingredients that cause a food to expand. Acidic ingredients that create this reaction include phosphates, cream of tartar, lemon juice, yogurt, buttermilk, cocoa, and vinegar.
2. Reduces stomach acid. It is used as an antacid to treat heartburn and indigestion.
3. Known for treating burns and preventing blistering.
4. Used as an exfoliate to remove dead skin cells.
5. An ingredient in some mouthwashes, toothpastes, deodorants, and shampoo.
6. An effective cleaning and scrubbing agent for kitchen appliances, counter tops, pots and pans.
7. Commonly added to washing machines as a softener and also to remove odors from clothes.
8. An effective way of controlling fungus growth. In the United States, it is registered by the Environmental Protection Agency as a biopesticide.
9. Can extinguish small grease or electrical fires by being thrown over the fire. However, it should not be applied to fires in deep fryers, as it may cause the grease to splatter.
10. Used to deodorize the refrigerator, trash cans, drains and garbage disposals, dishwashers, and lunch boxes.
11. Removes odors from carpets.
12. Can be administered to pools and spas to raise pH levels.
Warning. Sodium Bicarbonate increases the amount of sodium in your body. If you are on a sodium-restricted diet, check with your doctor before taking any medication with sodium bicarbonate.
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