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500 Uses for Baking Soda

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Dec 28, 2012


Cheap, environmentally friendly and easy to find, who knew that baking soda had so many uses? From gardening to cleaning to cooking to laundry, this miracle powder does it all! Find out how you can care for your home and family naturally with this compilation of hundreds of tips from the Domestic Divo himself, Joshua Trent.

Dec 28, 2012

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500 Uses for Baking Soda - Joshua Trent

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Joshua Trent, otherwise known as the Domestic Divo, is the creator and editor of Started in 2011, the website features recipes created and tested by Joshua as well as home and garden articles. In it's relatively short life, the site is already reaching over 50,000 visitors a month and is continuing to find new audiences on Pinterest and other social networks.

This series is one of Joshua's latest projects to find greener solutions for cleaning and other housework. Look for the rest of this series coming out in 2013, including:

500 Uses for Lemons

500 Uses for Vinegar

100 Homemade Cleaners

500 Uses for Baking Soda - Joshua Trent's Natural Home Series, Volume 1

Copyright © 2012 by Joshua Trent. All Rights Reserved.

No part of this work may be reproduced in any form (in whole or in part) or by any means used to make a derivative work (such as a translation, transformation or adaption). Under the law, copying includes translating into another language or format.

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ISBN: 9781301100446


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Table of Contents

About Baking Soda


In the Kitchen



Stain Removal

Kids & Babies









Homemade Cleaners

About Baking Soda

The uses for baking soda around your home are almost endless, which is great news to most of us since baking soda is natural, non toxic and cheap. Anything from scrubbing pots and pans to spot cleaning upholstery to raising the pH balance in the pool can be done with some baking soda. It's an amazing little powder that can be used to accomplish big jobs!

Baking soda is also known as bicarbonate of soda (sometimes shortened to bicarb), and by its scientific name of sodium bicarbonate or NaHCO3. 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 known commonly as washing soda), water, and carbon dioxide. Baking soda and washing soda are not substitutes and can not be used in place of the other.

Baking soda has so many uses because of its amazing chemical structure which makes it versatile and durable. Some of the attributes of baking soda that make it so dynamic are:

It's mildly alkaline, so it can cut grease and oil.

It can lift dirt by fizzing in vinegar, or effervescing in water.

Its crystal structure makes it a gentle abrasive for cleaning or scrubbing.

It buffers pH so it is a great deodorizer because it chemically neutralizes odors.

How is it made?

Baking soda was first used in America during colonial times and imported from England, but it was not actually produced in the United States until 1839. 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 Nicolas Leblanc invented a way to manufacture baking soda, the Leblanc process, which was the earliest means of manufacturing soda ash (Na2CO3), from which sodium bicarbonate is made. Sodium chloride (table salt) was heated with sulfuric acid, producing sodium sulfate and hydrochloric acid. The sodium sulfate was then heated with coal and limestone to form sodium carbonate, or soda ash.

Another method of producing soda ash was devised by Ernest Solvay, a Belgian chemical engineer, in the late 1800's. The Solvay method was soon adapted in the United States, where it replaced the Leblanc process. In the Solvay process, carbon dioxide and ammonia are passed into a concentrated solution of sodium chloride. Crude sodium bicarbonate precipitates out and is heated to form soda ash, which is then further treated and refined to form sodium bicarbonate of United States Pharnacopoeia (U.S.P.) purity.

Although this method of producing baking soda ash is widely used, it is also problematic because the chemicals used in the process are pollutants and cause disposal problems. An alternative is to refine soda ash from trona ore, a natural deposit.

Naturally occurring 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.

While it may not sound like baking soda is the most environmentally friendly product for the house, it actually is more eco-friendly than many of the harsh chemicals you could be buying. Instead of buying several products that only do one job, this one product does several jobs so there is actually much less manufacturing involved. So, for now, this is still one of the greenest ways to clean your home!

How does it work?

In Baking -

Baking soda is primarily used in baking as a leavening agent. It reacts with acidic

components in batters, releasing carbon dioxide, which causes expansion of the batter and forms the characteristic texture and grain in pancakes, cakes, quick breads, soda bread, and other baked and fried foods. Acidic compounds that induce this reaction include phosphates, cream

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