NATIONAL BICARBONATE OF SODA DAY
National Bicarbonate of Soda Day or Baking Soda day recognizes a staple of the home kitchen on December 30th.
“Just a spoonful of sodium bicarbonate” doesn’t have the same ring to it. But this extraordinary, naturally occurring substance provides health benefits while cleaning the house.
We add baking soda to recipes as a leavening agent to make our baked goods rise. Baking soda reacts with other acidic ingredients to make that happen. Many of us have combined baking soda and vinegar and seen the chemical reaction. When carbon dioxide is released, our baked goods rise.
It’s the exciting chemical makeup and physical characteristics of baking soda that enable it to be so effective. Since it is mildly acidic when it is mixed with water, dirt and grease dissolve more efficiently.
As a gentle abrasive, baking soda makes an ideal cleaning product for kitchen appliances, pots, and pans. It’s even recommended for chrome and the exterior of our automobiles.
The ability to neutralize odors is one of baking soda’s most powerful properties. By bringing the pH of the more acidic molecules into a more neutral balance, baking soda makes our homes…and us fresh again. Use it as a mouthwash, toothpaste, and deodorant for the mouth, feet, and underarms. Beyond personal hygiene, baking soda takes care of smells from pets and food, too.
It may even help prevent some powdery mildew or other fungal diseases on plants. While not always be effective, it doesn’t harm plants when appropriately mixed.
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HOW TO OBSERVE #BicarbonateOfSodaDay
Share your favorite uses for baking soda. Other ways to celebrate the day include conducting some of your favorite classroom experiments. Learn something new about bicarbonate of soda or better yet, teach someone about it. Use #BicarbonateOfSodaDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL BICARBONATE OF SODA DAY HISTORY
Armed with tips, National Day Calendar periodically researches the origins of this chemically volcanic day.
Bicarbonate of Soda FAQ
Q. What is the difference between baking soda and baking powder?
A. Both substances are sodium bicarbonate. However, baking powder includes acid and only needs liquid to activate it. Baking soda does not include an acid and requires both acid and liquid to activate it.
Q. Can I substitute baking soda for baking powder?
A. As long as the recipe includes a sufficient amount of acidic ingredient, baking soda can be substituted for baking powder. Though, for best results, it’s important to follow the recipe instructions.
Q. Can I substitute baking powder for baking soda?
A. You can, but because baking powder already has an acid in it, your finished product may taste bitter or have a container flavor.