What is baking soda anyway?
Being the real foodie that I am, I sometimes get curious about strange things. What kinds of things you ask? Things like baking soda, for example. Honestly, I didn’t even know what it is… plant, mineral, or chemical creation? I had no idea. Do you?
Well, my curiosity got the best of me, and thanks to Google I quickly found my answer. Baking soda’s chemical name is sodium bicarbonate. It is a white solid that often appears as fine powder, but can be a small crystal. It has a mild salty flavor. The mineral form of baking soda is nahcolite.
Where does baking soda come from?
Most baking soda in the U.S. comes from Green River Wy. Green River also supplies 1/4 of the world with baking soda. Now that is a lot of baking soda!! The baking soda from Wyoming is mined from trona ore. The trona then goes through a chemical process to create baking soda. It is heated until it turns to soda ash. Then the soda ash is treated with carbon dioxide, and voila!! You have an abundance of chemically created baking soda! As I was discovering this fact for myself, I went through a brief stage of shock, then awe, and then utter bewilderment. But isn’t baking soda suppose to be super good for you? How can it possibly be made in lab?
Can I get baking soda that isn’t processed with chemicals?
Lucky for us not all baking soda is made in a lab. Long before laboratories, baking soda already existed in nature. It has been used in one form or another for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians used it to clean. Today it can still be found naturally. Sigh of relief! They mine the soda directly from the ground in the form of nahcolite (hint: nahcolite is already baking soda). In the form of nahcolite there are no chemical reactions. There is nothing added, or altered. It is just pure baking soda straight from the ground, the way mother nature made it!
How do I find natural baking soda? Is it worth the extra cost?
There are several brands that carry a natural baking soda. Just look for packages that tell you the baking soda has been processed without chemicals.
In my opinion, it is fine to use a cheaper baking soda for cleaning. My tub, and my toilet will know no difference. However, I prefer to use natural baking soda for baking, and for personal care products. I buy this kind.
What is all the hype about baking soda anyway?
Baking soda has way more value than just making beautiful fluffy baked goods. It is one of those miracle cures. It is good for just about everything, and its uses seem just about endless. With baking soda you can extinguish a fire, make a volcano or other science experiment, clean your house, unclog a drain, soften your laundry, neutralize the ph of chemicals or your own GI tract, treat heartburn, relieve itching from poisonous plants, bug bites, extract a sliver, brush your teeth, wash your hair, prevent B.O., and there have been claims that it can even help cure cancer. It is pretty cool stuff!
Where can I find awesome tutorials and DIY products that use baking soda?
I told a few friends that I was writing about baking soda and they all wanted to share how they use it. Here are their links:
Homemade Deoderant (for sensitive skin) from, Whistle Pig Hollow.
Homemade Cleaners That Work! from Whistle Pig Hollow.
7 Ways to Use Vinegar for Cleaning from Good Girl Gone Green.
How to Unclog a Drain Without Toxic Chemicals from Small Footprint Family.
Organic Garden Disease Control from Small Footprint Family.
All Natural Hair Care from Reformation Acres.
The Easiest and Most Effective Homemade Deoderant from The Sweet Plantain.
Easiest Blackhead Removal Method from Beauty Secrets Revealed.
3 Simple Homemade Cleaners from Fancy Nonsense.
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This post is linked to: Thank Your Body Thursday, Small Footprint Friday