Baking soda, meetha soda, or soda bi-carb, these all common terms used for Sodium Bicarbonate, a chemical that is naturally found in the mineral Natron. When Baking Soda comes in contact with moisture, and an acidic ingredient (such as curd, buttermilk, lemon or even Vinegar) it results in a chemical reaction which produces Carbon Dioxide making it bubble up / go fizzy. This chemical reaction is what makes it an essential additive in Baking (hence the name – no surprises here!). It’s important to not confuse it with Baking Powder, which includes other things besides Sodium Bicarbonate.
Baking Soda is inexpensive and a highly effective kitchen ingredient that can do a lot more things than make your Cakes rise. There are many baking soda benefits including baking soda cleaning. By itself, or combined with other ingredients, it can pose a serious challenge to off the shelf cleaners1 and deodorizers2, and reams have been written about the amazing benefits and things it can do for you – in the kitchen, across the house, in our car etc. We’ve collected some great ideas for a house with young kids – below.
But before you go on, what does you using Baking Soda do for the environment? One, it helps you reduce the amount of plastic bottles and containers that you send to landfills every month (reducing pollution levels), and two it reduces the amount of toxic chemicals you send down the drain, and into the environment.
So, if you have house with small kids, here are five benefits of Baking Soda that can help you:
5. Clean Crayons from your wall: Sprinkle some Baking Soda onto a damp sponge, and wipe the wall. The sprinkled soda has a slightly abrasive texture which lifts the dirt, while its cleansing properties will help get the stain off. Will your wall be as good as new? Probably not, but it will be a lot better than what you started with.
Try these benefits of baking soda and let us know how it goes! If you have any more ideas, share them with us!