Sodium Bicarbonate (AKA baking soda)

Sodium Bicarbonate (AKA baking soda)

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A simple remedy to keep close at hand, because you never know, after all, mum and grandma used it. However, let’s face it, Sodium Bicarbonate often seems to us a slightly antiquated remedy. We are wrong. The most recent scientific research and studies carried out by industries show that this white and crystalline multipurpose substance has various potential uses: bicarbonate is natural, it is ecological, it is economical, it is beneficial for health and very useful for dozens of functions.

In fact, this substance was never lacking in the homes of our grandparents, who rightly made extensive use of it. Today we tend to fill the supermarket trolley with many different products, each with its specific function: cleaning, degreasing, deodorising, cooking, washing. But we forget, or perhaps we don’t know, that Sodium Bicarbonate alone could replace all of these products.

If it were used more often instead of other more expensive and more harmful substances, everyone would derive a great benefit from it, both in terms of savings and the fight against pollution. In short, bicarbonate deserves new and even greater consideration, in order to better understand its many virtues and the numerous possibilities of use.

Its applications are many and all very practical. Let’s see them.

The reasons why bicarbonate has been so useful to man in everyday life, and still will be in the future, essentially derive from its molecular structure and therefore from its physico-chemical characteristics. It is a simple and at the same time very versatile substance, without forgetting that it is an easily available and inexpensive resource. Thanks to its particular structure it is suitable to perform many useful functions: cleaning, degreasing, deodorising, purifying and defending health. Here are the structural features that make it useful for all these purposes.

A simple remedy to keep close at hand

It is an alkaline substance.
Sodium bicarbonate is a slightly alkaline substance, ie basic. The pH is neutral when it is equal to 7, below it is acidic and above it is basic. Bicarbonate has a pH of around 8 (at most 9). Due to this characteristic it is used as a buffer substance to keep the blood in the right acid-base balance. Therefore, it counteracts acidosis in the body, that is the excess of acidity that risks causing damage. When the pH level of the blood changes, which becomes more acidic than it should be, the “buffer” substances, including bicarbonate, intervene to bring it back to normal.

It is softly abrasive.
The structure of the bicarbonate is crystalline. They are “soft” crystals, easily soluble in water. When rubbed on the surfaces to be treated, the bicarbonate helps to remove the gray patina, stains, grease, without leaving scratches. That’s why it is useful for cleaning, both personal and objects. With Sodium Bicarbonate, you can brush your teeth (paying attention to the care of the enamel) or clean your pots (without having to rub a lot). For this purpose, it must be considered that the types of bicarbonate on sale are different from each other due to their consistency and graininess. Some are very fine-grained, while others are made of larger crystals. The coarser-grained bicarbonate is useful for household cleaning, while the fine-grained bicarbonate is good for personal hygiene and other uses of bicarbonate.

Acts on the digestive system Also due to its alkalinity, bicarbonate counteracts stomach acid. It is also contained in saliva, hindering the formation of bacterial plaque that can damage the teeth. It is also used to combat mycosis, insect bites and the proliferation of bacteria. This makes it very useful for cleaning and “sanitizing” fruit and vegetables. Moreover, due to its weak alkalinity it is very effective in cleaning and degreasing, because it increases the repulsion between the dirt and the surfaces on which it is deposited.

12 thoughts on “Sodium Bicarbonate (AKA baking soda)

  1. Maryam Riggs says:

    Sodium bicarbonate is often used inappropriately or is erroneously advised by attributing properties that it does not chemically have. The problem is that many bogus remedies are also written in the baking soda packages by the manufacturers themselves!

  2. Jolene Arroyo says:

    I asked my mother for advice on how to clean the shower tiles (which in her house are impeccable) and imagine what her remedy is? Warm water and bicarbonate.

  3. Arnold Barnett says:

    For all of you who continue to affirm things of which you have heard the myth. Bicarbonate DOES NOT SANITIZE: it protects from bacteria only if in a SATURE solution, due to its salinity (in fact brine is a well-known method of conservation). But it does not have this property if it is used in laundry or in washing machine.

  4. Moesha Webb says:

    for an odor-free fridge. Place a bowl full of baking soda on the top shelf inside the fridge, taking care to change it every two months. It will absorb unpleasant odors and prevent them from forming, also sanitizing your refrigerator and keeping it clean.

  5. Anabia Hinton says:

    I work in a cafe and my manager makes us fix the clogged sink avoiding the use of very polluting chemicals. Pour in one and a half cups of baking soda and vinegar to clear the drain in fifteen minutes. Alternatively, boil one and a half liters of water in a saucepan, mix 150 grams of baking soda and 150 grams of salt separately; throw the mixture into the drain pipe and immediately afterwards the boiling water.

  6. Louisa Keenan says:

    If you do not believe in its properties for cleaning, try to remove mold residues on walls or furniture. Brilliant!

  7. Ines Holloway says:

    For those who are still convinced that bicarbonate can dissolve limestone, read here. Limestone (calcium carbonate) is dissolved in an acidic environment, while bicarbonate is a weak base! And in fact it serves precisely to neutralize the acidity of the stomach. And that’s that.

  8. Haydon Donald says:

    Indeed, antacids are weak bases that neutralize stomach acid and relieve pain and heartburn caused by the presence of hydrochloric acid. They are preparations containing bicarbonate and other Mg, Ca, Al salts. They are eliminated from the stomach in less than an hour. Their effectiveness is greater if taken after a meal: food slows down the emptying of the stomach and therefore remains effective longer.

  9. Dylan Whitfield says:

    The bright white can be maintained over time even without the use of expensive products and with the remedies that our grandmothers used. Hydrogen peroxide can also be very useful.

  10. Harlen Thomas says:

    Did you know that natural remedies to whiten laundry effectively and if you hang your clothes in the sun the light stains go away on their own? It is the power of the sun’s rays.

  11. Demi-Leigh Bernard says:

    Another ally of your laundry is white vinegar, stain remover and softener; to be diluted in water in a container, before leaving the garment to soak for about an hour. In the presence of sweat stains, it is best to apply vinegar directly on the stains.

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