What is Baking Soda
“Baking Soda” is the most common name for a chemical compound called Sodium bicarbonate, or sodium hydrogen carbonate. It appears as a fine, white powder, and it is a wonderful, economical and common natural remedy and household asset.
Chemical Formula for the baking soda is NaHCO3. It is also often tagged as the E-number: E500b.
“What is Baking Soda” in several key facts:
- Appearance: Usually appears as a fine powder, white solid chrystals.
- pH level: 9
- Taste: Slightly salty and alkaline.
- Odor: Odorless.
- Solubility in water: 9 g/100 mL.
- Melting point: 50 °C / 122 °F / 323 K
- Other alternative names: bread soda, cooking soda, bicarbonate of soda, sodium bicarb, bicarb soda, bicarb, saleratus.
- Usage: Cleaning, baking, teeth whitening, health – all covered on this website.
- Storage: Air-proof and moisture-proof containers are recommended, in a cool and dry place.
- Can it be made at home? Erm, not really. Read further – there is a chapter about this.
Baking soda has various practical uses and you will find the most useful and popular ones on this website. Feel free to use the Main Menu to select a subject you are interested in. You are welcome to stay with us, as we are continually going to publish new baking soda usage tips, experiences and experiments
Where can you get Bicarbonate of Soda?
You can get baking soda basically in any store/supermarket/convenience/grocery store that stocks a range of everyday items. It is usually located somewhere inside the food/baking departments and is packed in various sizes and materials.
On the left side of the picture above you can see small PVC packages (40g each) which are great for transport and small everyday use (it is useful to always have one of those by your side, for example for alleviating heartburn pains, especially when on the road).
Near the 40g packages you can see 500g packages in bags. They are about 1$ each, so it is really affordable. Of course, package types and sizes really depend on your location – these are just for demonstration purposes.
Can you make Baking Soda at Home?
Of course, natural thing to ask now is – is it possible to safely create baking soda at home, using some everyday easily procurable items, instead of buying it at the store? The answer is quite simple – do not bother.
The process of producing baking soda involves some highly dangerous chemicals, use of proper laboratory equipment and elements which are not easily procurable. It is possible of course, but not feasable for an average household. Still, if you are interested in the production process, you can check out the Solvay process.
Chemical formulas for producing baking soda:
1) CO2 + 2 NaOH → Na2CO3 + H2O
2) Na2CO3 + CO2 + H2O → 2 NaHCO3