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What is baking soda?

What is Baking Soda & Why is It So Good At Stuff?

Baking soda is the common name for sodium bicarbonate, a processed natural salt that was originally made as a leavening agent for baking, but has since been adopted for a wide range of home uses.

Here are some of it’s many useful characteristics:

non-toxicinexpensivea mildly basic (alkaline) buffera gentle abrasive (non-scratching)effervescentodor neutralizerreacts with dirt and grease to form a cleanser

And your body is no stranger to sodium bicarbonate; the bicarbonate ion occurs naturally in our blood to help maintain acid/alkaline balance, it transports carbon dioxide from body tissue to the lungs to be expelled, and it’s also in our saliva as an acid reducer – a pretty amazing substance don’t you agree*?!

*For a thorough break down of the history and science of baking soda, read Peter A. Ciullo’s book, ‘Baking Soda Bonanza‘.

Ok, let’s dive in and learn a few of the fun uses for the powdered form of this versatile stuff!

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