Sodium bicarbonate or Baking soda, is a chemical compound with the formula NaHCO3.
It is a white solid that is crystalline but often appears as a fine powder and has a slightly salty, alkaline taste
Since it has long been known and is widely used, the salt has many related names such as baking soda, bread soda, cooking soda, and bicarbonate of soda.
Sodium bicarbonate, referred to as 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.
It has weak disinfectant properties, and it may be an effective fungicide against some organisms.
Because baking soda will absorb musty smells, it has become a reliable method for used-book sellers when making books less malodorous.
Sodium bicarbonate can be used to extinguish small grease or electrical fires by being thrown over the fire
Sodium bicarbonate can be used to treat an allergic reaction to plants such as poison ivy,
poison oak, or poison sumac to relieve some of the associated itching.
Bicarbonate of soda can also be useful in removing splinters from the skin.
Toothpaste containing sodium bicarbonate has been shown to have a better
whitening and plaque removal effect than toothpastes without it
Sodium bicarbonate is also used as an ingredient in some mouthwashes.
Overall, this is an amazing product to have on hand!