What is bicarbonate soda?

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43 extraordinary uses for bicarbonate of soda

There are so many weird and wonderful uses for baking soda – or bicarbonate of soda as the English call it – from cleaning your bathroom to getting rid of weeds in your garden. We’ve got a whopping great list to inspire you, as well as investigating exactly what is baking soda, and how is it different to bicarbonate of soda or baking powder?

What are the best uses for bicarbonate of soda?

Find out how to do all this and more below!

What’s the difference between baking soda, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder?

Baking soda and bicarbonate of soda are the same thing, just with different names. Baking soda tends to be the American name, while in the UK and in Australia we tend to call it bicarbonate of soda. Meanwhile baking powder, although also used to make cakes rise, is used slightly differently.

What is bicarbonate of soda?

Aka baking soda, is a leavening agent used in baking and needs to be mixed with liquid and an acidic ingredient (eg honey, chocolate, lemon, buttermilk) to react and make cakes rise.

Find out more about bicarbonate of soda

Baking powder is also a leavening agent but comes pre-mixed with the acidic ingredient (often cream of tartar) so all you need to add is a liquid to make your cake rise. It has quite a neutral taste.

Find out more about baking powder

Make your own baking powder

Make your own baking powder by mixing one part bicarbonate of soda or baking soda with two parts cream of tartar.

Uses for bicarbonate of soda or baking soda

Bicarb, baking soda, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder – whatever you want to call it, try these easy cleaning tips and put baking soda to work in every room of your house!

1. Clean dirty fruit and veg with baking soda

Put some bicarb on a damp sponge, scrub your produce and rinse.

2. Give hairbrushes a clean with bicarb

Soak hairbrushes and combs in a mixture of 1 teaspoon of bicarb and a small amount of warm water. Rinse and dry.

3. Use baking soda to scrub your BBQ grill

Keep your bbq grill clean all summer long by putting some baking soda on a damp brush, scrubbing the grate, then rinsing.

4. Clean rugs and carpets with baking soda

Freshen up rugs by sprinkling bicarbonate of soda on carpet, wait at least 15 minutes (preferably overnight), then hoover

5. Get whiter, brighter clothes with baking soda

Add 1 small cup of bicarbonate of soda to a load of laundry (along with your regular liquid detergent) to get clothes cleaner and brighter.

6. Remove stubborn food stains from pans

Remove baked-on residue by shaking a generous amount of baking soda on pots and pans. Then add hot water and dish detergent, let sit for 15 minutes and wash as usual.

7. Give floors a shine with bicarb

To brighten a dull floor finish, dissolve 100g bicarb in a bucket of warm water. Mop and rinse for a shiny floor.

8. Make a natural homemade bathroom cleaner

Make your own bathroom scrub by mixing 50g bicarbonate of soda with 1 tablespoon liquid detergent. Add vinegar to give it a thick, creamy texture.

9. Clean appliances with bicarbonate of soda

Clean the dishwasher and coffeemaker by running an empty cycle with baking soda.

10. Make a DIY spa treatment at home

Add 100g bicarbonate soda to your bath for an at-home spa treatment.

11. Polish tarnished silver with baking soda

To shine tarnished silver, combine three parts bicarb with one part water. Rub onto silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry.

12. Keep litter tray smells at bay with bicarb

Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda in the cat box, then add litter on top to keep smells to a minimum.

13. Exfoliate your skin with baking soda

Exfoliate your skin with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to one part water. Apply gently with your fingertips in a circular motion, then rinse.

14. Keep the loo white and clean

To clean a toilet add 50g (2oz) bicarbonate of soda to the bowl, swirl, then scrub.

15. Make a homemade hair treatment

Mix a little baking soda into your conditioner and lather on your hair to keep it healthy and resistant to split ends.

16. Kill garden weeds naturally with baking soda

Discourage weeds by sprinkling bicarb into the cracks on your driveway and walkways.

17. Clean your toothbrush with bicarbonate of soda

Soak toothbrushes in a mixture of 50g (2oz) bicarb and 50ml(1/4 pint) water; let brushes stand overnight for a thorough cleaning.

18. Cure heartburn with bicarb

Make your own an antacid by mixing ½ teaspoon of bicarb with 50 ml (1/4 pint) of water.

19. Soothe insect bites naturally

For instant relief from bug bites and sunburn mix bicarbonate of soda with a little water and apply it directly to the sore.

20. Clean the microwave with bicarb

Bicarbonate of soda on a clean damp sponge cleans gently inside and outside the microwave and never leaves a harsh chemical smell. Rinse well with water.

21. Make a fluffy omelette with baking soda

Make a fluffier omelette by adding ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda for every three eggs.

22. Make marvellous mouthwash with baking soda

Gargle with bicarb to freshen your breath and keep your teeth healthy.

23. Get rid of dandruff with bicarb

Lay off the shampoo for a few weeks and massage your wet scalp with a handful of baking soda instead.

24. Ice-proof your driveway with baking soda

Scatter bicarb on icy paths and driveways, it’s not as corrosive as salt.

25. Make a cheap bath soak

Add 50g (2oz) of bicarbonate of soda to your bath to neutralise acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration, it also makes your skin feel very soft.

26. Unblock drains with bicarbonate of soda

Pour in 100g (4oz) bicarb followed by 100ml (4 fl oz) hot vinegar to quickly unclog the kitchen drain.

27. Stop bins smelling with baking soda

Sprinkle bicarb on the bottom of your bin to keep stinky smells at bay.

28. Whiten your teeth naturally

Mix bicarb, strawberries and lemon juice together for a natural whitening agent. Combine the ingredients and use to brush your teeth.

29. Whiten yellow nails with baking soda

Leaving nail polish on too long can leave nails looking yellow. Get rid of stains by mixing bicarb and a very small amount of peroxide and scrubbing it on your nails.

30. Keep windshields clear with bicarb

Wipe a damp cloth sprinkled with bicarbonate of soda onto your windshield to repel rain.

31. Make a natural face mask

Avoid spot breakouts by making your own facemask. Mix 1 tablespoon of bicarb with 1 tablespoon of water. Splash your face with warm water then apply the mask liberally. Once dry gently wipe of wth a war, wet flannel.

32. Use baking soda to treat chickenpox

Help soothe the itchiness and irritation of chickenpox. Stir 1 half tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Use a soft washcloth to put the solution on the affected parts of the body and allow to dry.

33. Bicarb can help soothe a sore throat

There are lots of natural ways to soothe a sore throat, and gargling with baking soda in water is one of them.

34. Clean Tupperware and other food containers with baking soda

If storing too many packed lunches, pasta sauces or curries has left your plastic food boxes looking discoloured and grimy – once again, it’s bicarbonate of soda to the rescue! Sprinkle a clean sponge with baking soda and give them a bit of elbow grease.

35. Clean your kitchen with baking soda

From worktops to the fridge, the sink and even your cooking utensils, you can clean the whole kitchen naturally with a mixture of bicarb and warm water.

36. Clean your sponges for reuse

If your cleaning sponges are a bit sad or smelly, leave them to soak in warm water and bicarb, and give them a good rinse through in the morning.

37. Clean a pet bed with baking soda

If your dog or cat bed is a bit smelly, sprinkle it with bicarb, let it sit for 15 minutes, then vacuum it up.

38. Stop shoes smelling with bicarb

Sprinkle baking soda into stinky trainers – and even your whole gym bag – and leave it. Just tap it out when you next need to use them

There’s more great advice in every issue of Yours magazine, out every fortnight on a Tuesday.

39. Remove crayon marks with baking soda

Have your little helpers been redecorating your walls? A wet cloth with some baking soda on will wipe away any crayon marks from a wall.

40. Natural deodorant

To keep fresh without using deodorant, lightly pat baking soda under your arms to help any body odour.

41. Keep the ants away

Mix baking soda and salt half and half to keep the ants at bay in the summer.

42. Keep flowers fresher for longer

Add a teaspoon of baking powder to your vase of flowers to keep the bunch looking and smelling fresher for longer.

43. Freshen up your wardrobe

Pop a box of baking soda in your wardrobe. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil such as lavender to keep your clothes smelling fresh. This will also ward off moths.

Become a better baker by learning the real differences between baking powder and baking soda– in easy-to-understand language!

Welcome back to my Baking Basics series!

Today I’m discussing one of the most confusing subjects in the entire realm of baking. What is the difference between baking powder and baking soda? Are they the same? Can I sub one for the other without changing anything else?

If there is one thing that you take away from today’s lesson, let it be this: baking powder and baking soda are absolutely not the same.

Baking powder and baking soda are both leaveners, however they are chemically different.

What is Baking Soda?

Aka bicarbonate of soda or sodium bicarbonate.

Let’s start with baking soda because it’s the most confusing. First, baking soda is a BASE. Do you remember the science experiment we all did in school? Mixing baking soda with vinegar and watching an eruption of bubbles? Usually we did this in some sort of model volcano contraption. I know you know. When you mix baking soda (BASE) with vinegar (ACID) you get a chemical reaction (an eruption of bubbles!). A product of this reaction is carbon dioxide.

The same exact reaction happens in our cookies, cakes, breads, etc. When a recipe calls for baking soda (BASE), it usually calls for some type of ACID. Like buttermilk, brown sugar, yogurt, lemon juice, vinegar, cream of tartar, molasses, applesauce, natural cocoa powder (not dutch process), or honey. You need this ACID in the recipe to react with the baking soda, which in turn creates carbon dioxide and allows your baked good to rise.

Baking soda is strong. In fact, it is about 3-4x stronger than baking powder. More baking soda in a recipe doesn’t necessarily mean more lift. You want to use *just enough* to react with the amount of acid in the recipe. Too much baking soda and not enough acid means there will be leftover baking soda in the recipe. You do not want that; it creates a metallic, soapy taste in your baked goods. Ick.

Good rule of thumb: I usually use around 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda per 1 cup of flour in a recipe.

Baking soda CAN leaven a baked good when exposed to heat. However, unless it is neutralized with an acid, your finished baked good will likely have a metallic aftertaste– like I mention above. Get it? Got it? Good.

What is Baking Powder?

Baking powder contains baking soda. It is a mixture of baking soda, cream of tartar (a dry acid), and sometimes cornstarch. These days, most baking powder sold is double acting. This means that the first leavening occurs when baking powder gets wet– like when you combine the dry and wet ingredients in the recipe. (This is why you cannot prepare some batters ahead of time to bake later– because the baking powder has already been activated.) The second leavening occurs when the baking powder is heated.

Double (first, second) acting.

Since baking powder already contains an acid to neutralize its baking soda, it is most often used when a recipe does not call for an additional acidic ingredient. Like my sugar cookies. However, this isn’t always the case. You can still use baking powder as the leavening agent in recipes calling for an acidic ingredient. Like my lemon cake. In my recipe development, I based my lemon cake recipe off of my vanilla cake recipe. I used buttermilk (acid) instead of regular milk for added moisture and a little tang and subbed a little brown sugar (acid) for granulated sugar– again, for added moisture. I was pleased with the rise and taste of the cake, so I did not experiment with using baking soda.

I know. It’s definitely confusing.

Good rule of thumb: I usually use around 1 teaspoon of baking powder per 1 cup of flour in a recipe.

Why do some recipes call for both?

Some recipes call for both baking powder and baking soda. These recipes contain some sort of acid (yogurt, brown sugar, etc), however the carbon dioxide created from the acid and baking soda is not enough to leaven the volume of batter in the recipe. That’s why baking powder is used as well– to add necessary lift.

Basically, the reason for both is because sometimes you need more leavening than you have acid available in the recipe. It’s all about balance.

Another reason to use both baking powder and baking soda is because they affect both browning and flavor. Fine Cooking breaks it down easily: let’s take my buttermilk pancake recipe. In my recipe, buttermilk is used partly for its tangy flavor. If we used only baking soda, it could neutralize all of the buttermilk’s acid. And we’d lose that tanginess! However, by including baking powder as well (which has its own acid), some of the buttermilk’s flavor is left behind, and there is still enough leavening for fluffy pancakes.

Yeah. Take a bite outta that.

How to Substitute

It’s tricky, which is why I never recommend it without background knowledge (and the expectancy that your baked good will not taste as intended).

If you have a recipe calling for baking soda, you might be able to substitute baking powder. However, you will need up to 4x as much baking powder to get the same amount of leavening. And, depending on the recipe, you might end up with a baked good that’s a little bitter with that much baking powder. You can sub baking soda for baking powder only if you increase the amount of acid in the recipe– which likely changes the taste and texture of your baked good. You’d also need less baking soda since it is about 3-4x stronger.

So, uh, just stick to the recipe!

Don’t Forget– They Expire!

I replace my baking powder and soda every 3 months, just to be sure they are always fresh for my recipes. I always date them on the bottom of the container. If you aren’t a baking addict freak like I am, chances are you’ll have to test your baking powder and soda for effectiveness before using.

How To Test Baking Powder

To test baking powder, pour 3 Tablespoons of warm water into a small bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder. Give it a light stir. The mixture should moderately fizz if the powder is fresh. If there is no reaction, toss the baking powder and buy a fresh package.

How To Test Baking Soda

To test baking soda, pour 3 Tablespoons of white distilled vinegar into a small bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Give it a light stir. The mixture should rapidly bubble if the soda is fresh. If there is no reaction, toss the baking soda and buy a fresh package.

That’s it for today! Did I completely bore you? Hello?

For anyone still here, don’t forget that baking is CHEMISTRY and it takes practice, trial and error, and the willingness to learn in order to succeed.

Stay tuned for a massively tasty chemistry project tomorrow. Cooooooookies!

© Australian Women’s Weekly Baking soda, bicarb soda, baking powder – what’s the difference?

What is the difference between baking powder, baking soda and bicarbonate of soda? What are their different applications?

Baking soda and bicarbonate of soda are different names for the same thing; in Australia, we mostly refer to it as bicarbonate of soda, but overseas, especially in America, it is referred to as baking soda. They aren’t interchangeable, but bicarbonate of soda and baking powder are both leavening agents. When included in a batter, the leavening agent causes air bubbles (produced by stirring, whipping or beating) to expand when cooked – causing it to ‘rise’.

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Bicarbonate of soda is a pure leavening agent. It needs to be mixed with moisture and an acidic ingredient for the necessary chemical reaction to take place to make food rise. Because it needs an acid to create the rising quality, it is often used in recipes where there is already an acidic ingredient present, such as lemon juice, chocolate, buttermilk or honey.

Baking powder, which contains bicarbonate of soda, comes pre-mixed with the acidic ingredient for you – so all you need to add is the moisture. The acidic ingredient most often used in baking powder is cream of tartar. You can make your own baking powder: simply mix two parts cream of tartar with one part bicarbonate of soda. Baking powder has a neutral taste and is often used in recipes that have other neutral-tasting ingredients, such as milk.

In Australia, we usually just cook with self-raising flour when a leavening agent is required, unless the specific qualities of bicarbonate of soda are required. Bicarbonate of soda imparts a slightly different quality to that of baking powder when used in cooking. It can have a slightly “tangy” taste and it makes a lovely golden colour. It also makes a very specific texture not achievable with baking powder. It is very important to sift bicarbonate of soda well as it gets lumpy and to use very exact measures as the “tangy” taste can quite easily become bitter or soapy if too much is used.

Bicarbonate of soda (aka. baking soda, bicarb soda, sodium bicarbonate)

Bicarbonate of soda is a pure leavening agent, which means it needs to be mixed with moisture and an acidic ingredient for the necessary chemical reaction to take place to create carbon dioxide and for food to rise. For this reason, it’s often used in recipes where there is already an acidic ingredient present, such as lemon juice, chocolate, buttermilk or honey.

Baking powder

Baking powder is made up of several elements, one of these being sodium bicarbonate, as well as an acid, cream of tartar and filler like cornflour to absorb any moisture.

As it comes pre-mixed with the acidic ingredient for you, all you need to add is the moisture. The acidic ingredient most often used in baking powder is cream of tartar.

You can make your own baking powder using this recipe: simply mix two parts cream of tartar with one part bicarbonate of soda.

When do I use baking soda and when do I use baking powder?

Most people cook with self-raising flour when a leavening agent is required, unless the specific qualities of bicarbonate of soda are required.

Bicarbonate of soda imparts a slightly different quality to that of baking powder when used in cooking. It can have a slightly ‘tangy’ taste and it makes a lovely golden colour. It also makes a very specific texture not achievable with baking powder. It is very important to sift bicarbonate of soda well as it gets lumpy and to use very exact measures as the ‘tangy’ taste can quite easily become bitter or soapy if too much is used.

Can I use baking powder instead of bicarbonate of soda?

This can be done in a pinch. If a recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of baking soda, you’ll want to substitute with 2 to 3 teaspoons of baking powder.

Bicarbonate of soda

Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-flavoured cakes such as gingerbread, fruit cake, chocolate cake and carrot cake. It needs an acid (as well as moisture) to activate it so is often combined with cream of tartar, yogurt, buttermilk or milk.

Bicarbonate of soda gives off carbon dioxide, which expands in a mixture. Once the mixture is cooked, the carbon dioxide is replaced by air, leaving a light cake or bread.

As with all raising agents, use the amount specified in the recipe. Adding extra bicarbonate of soda can result in a peaked or collapsed cake, a strong unpleasant flavour and a greenish tinge.

Store it

In an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Make sure your bicarbonate of soda is in date before using.

Cook it

Try a classic soda bread if you’re new to baking, for a simple but satifying no-knead bake.

Add tiny bubbles to honeycomb by stirring bicarb into the caramel before setting.

Make extra fluffy pancakes with buttermilk, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda for light-as-air pancakes topped with maple syrup, apples and pecans.

Baking Soda Dos

You can use it to:

Calm indigestion: Add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to a glass of water to zap acid in your stomach. But acid doesn’t cause all kinds of indigestion, so if your symptoms don’t improve after 2 weeks, call your doctor.

Don’t take baking soda within 2 hours of other medications. When the baking soda lowers stomach acid, it can slow the rate at which your body absorbs some medicines and change the way others work. Don’t give it to a child under 6 unless your pediatrician tells you to.

Treat insect bites and stings: While it isn’t good for everyday use on your skin, it can soothe the redness, itching, and stinging that are signs of a mild reaction to an insect bite. Many over-the-counter creams contain baking soda. You can also make your own paste of one part baking soda to three parts water. This also works for poison ivy and rashes.

Keep your mouth healthy: Brushing your teeth with toothpaste that has baking soda can hold off tooth decay and keep your gums and mouth in good shape. A half-teaspoon of baking soda mixed in a glass of water can also freshen your breath.

Control odors: Most bad smells come from either strong acids (think sour milk) or bases (like spoiled fish). When you add baking soda and change the pH balance, the odors in your fridge or your carpet come into a neutral state. Try it for yourself. Put an open box of baking soda in your fridge. Sprinkle it over the layers of garbage in your trash can or toss it into the bottom of your dishwasher.

The Difference Between Baking Soda and Baking Powder, So You Can Finally Stop Confusing Them

To the average eye—and the typical home chef—baking powder and baking soda are practically indistinguishable dry ingredients. Beyond the distinguishing second word of their names, they might as well be the same ingredient, right? Wrong. There is a difference between baking soda and baking powder. In fact, there are several.

Baking soda and baking powder are often used within the same recipe (especially for many types of cookies), which doesn’t help the baking soda vs. baking powder distinction. It’s important to know their different uses, though, lest you wind up with a minor baking disaster—or even a baking soda cleaning fiasco—on your hands. Read on to learn the difference between baking soda and baking powder at last; you’ll never confuse the two again.

What is baking soda?

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According to Susan Reid, chef and food editor of Sift magazine, baking soda is a base mineral, which, when combined with something acidic, produces carbon dioxide. “Usually this happens in liquid, and the results you get are bubbles,” says Reid. “Think of the volcanoes you see at every 5th grade science fair. Those bubbles can lift stains or act as a surfactant (meaning they will clean things).”

In other words, baking soda can do some pretty magical things.

Typically, you’ll see the ingredient pop up in baking recipes that also include acidic ingredients like molasses, maple syrup, lemon juice, and pumpkin. The reason it’s there is to act as a leavener, to help the dough rise. “Recipes using baking soda often bake up darker, and are more crisp, than those without,” Reid says. But be warned: “Too much baking soda in a recipe can give it a bitter, soapy taste.”

When it comes to cleaning, you can use baking soda for pretty much anything, from unclogging drains to deodorizing the carpet. It’s even been used to remove heel marks from linoleum floors.

As for what it’s made of? That may surprise you: Baking soda is basically ground up rock, according to Reid, and as long as it stays cool and dry, it lasts indefinitely. (Hence why your mom has had the same box of it in her pantry since 1975 or so.)

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What is baking powder?

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Baking powder is actually a combination of baking soda plus another acid, in the presence of an inert stabilizer (a fancy term for an inactive ingredient that keeps the mixture from reacting), which is often a bit of cornstarch. What that means: Everything stays inert in the mixture until liquid is added, which allows the soda and acid to combine to produce carbon dioxide (which look like bubbles to the naked eye). This process is what gives baking powder its lifting power in recipes—without which, you’d have some sad-looking biscuits on your hands.

But just like baking soda, Reid says baking powder can lose its lifting power over time if it’s not stored in a cool dry place. If you can, keep it out of humid conditions, since extra moisture in the air can allow the reaction between acid and base to happen.

Pay close attention to the label when you buy a new box, since there are actually two different kinds of baking powders out there: single-acting and double-acting. Single-acting powders react fully when you combine them with another liquid. But double acting baking powders work in two stages: Once when combined with a liquid, and again when combined with heat. “Since the balance of the base (soda) and acid is calculated for you, it’s easier to get a final product that has no aftertaste when used in proper amounts,” says Reid.

Still not sure you’ll remember the difference between baking soda and baking powder? Reid has a quick trick: Think baking soda = single ingredient. Baking powder = poof in the oven.

Baking Soda Water Benefits And How To Make It At Home

Baking soda is more than just a cake-raising ingredient; it has various health and beauty benefits attributed to it. One of the biggest benefits is that it is known to counter acid reflux, thanks to its alkaline properties. It helps neutralise stomach acids and provides relief from indigestion in adults. Most health experts swear by mixing baking soda with water, which is also a great source of relieving heartburn, of course in limited quantity. How does baking soda water really help the body heal such conditions? How is baking soda water made at home? We unveil it all. Baking soda tends to break down into sodium ions in the body, an electrolyte that tends to have powerful effects. However, consuming excessive amounts of baking soda can hamper the activity of your muscles, brain and heart.

Benefits of baking soda water

1. Makes for an excellent antacid

Acid reflux is a condition where there is a backflow of stomach acid in the oesophagus that causes heartburn and a burning sensation in the throat, further leading to acid indigestion. Baking soda water helps neutralise the excessive hydrochloric acid in the stomach, acting as an antacid.
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Baking soda water benefits: Acid reflux is a condition where there is a backflow of stomach acid​

2. Alkalises the body

Body system works well when there is an optimum pH level balance; however, any imbalance in these levels may lead to severe health conditions. Our body needs acid for proper digestion of food. There are times when acid increases in the body that causes the imbalance causing diseases like arthritis, osteoporosis and in some cases cancer. Baking soda water comes as a rescuer in balancing and regulating the acid in the body by alkalising it.

3. May help prevent kidney stones

Iron deficiency, excessive acid and even dehydration in the body can cause the growth of kidney stones. The baking soda water helps alkalise the urine to dissolve the uric acid, which in turn helps to remove kidney stones, further restoring the pH levels of the body.

4. May help save you from UTI

Poor hygiene, pregnancy or even certain medications may result in developing urinary tract infection (UTI). It is the result of bacteria growing easily in the bladder. The antiseptic properties of baking soda help reduce the acid levels in the urine and combat the bacteria.
(Also Read: 8 Surprising And Interesting Ways To Use Baking Soda)

Baking soda water benefits: Poor hygiene, pregnancy or even certain medications may result in developing UTI
5. A digestive cleanser

Baking soda water provides amazing benefits for cleansing your gut, further balancing your pH levels. For all those dealing with digestive issues can easily try drinking this potion. Make sure you drink baking soda water under strict supervision.

6. Reduces inflammation

Baking soda helps reduce inflammation that further prevents the development of arthritis that affects mostly joints. It is due to the accumulation of uric acid in the joints. Baking soda helps raise the pH levels to alkalise the blood, preventing deposition in joints.
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Baking soda water benefits: baking soda helps reduce inflammation that further prevents the development of arthritis​
How to make baking soda water at home?

All you need is half teaspoon of baking soda and a glass of water, which is about 200 millilitres. Mix both the ingredients and drink once in a day or as the doctor suggest. Do not drink it daily or if you must, make sure it is done under supervision. Learn how to make alkaline water here.

When used wisely, baking soda water is definitely a magic potion that comes to your rescue in most ailments. Go ahead and make the most out of it.

Bicarb Soda (Aluminium Free) 500g

About This Product

Lotus Bi-Carb Soda is used in cooking and baking as a leavening agent and to neutralise the acids in recipes. Use in cakes, breads, muffins and pizza bases.

Lotus Bi-Carb Soda is sourced from China, packed in Australia and comes in a 500g re-sealable oxygen barrier bag to preserve freshness.

Lotus Bi-Carb Soda is also an effective deodoriser and alternative to chemical household cleaning products.

Lotus’ experience and knowledge in the organic, natural and health channel gives the consumer confidence to trust the integrity of the product and its labelling. Lotus products are labelled with a ‘Key to Good Health™’ designed to assist the consumer to navigate through the growing number of claims on packaging.

• BPA Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Fat Free, Gluten Free, GMO Free, Lactose Free, Low Fat, Low in Saturated Fat, Low Sugar, No Added Sugar, No Artificial Flavours, Colours or Preservatives, Nut Free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Sulfate Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wheat Free.
• Help you become more alkaline.
• Heat Rash, Sunburn, Skin conditions.
• Insect bites and rashes: to relieve discomfort.
• Brush your teeth and whiten them.
• Deodorant.
• Household Cleaning.
• Baking.
• Washing your hair.

Bi-Carb Soda

This food grade Bicarb (also commonly known as Sodium Bicarbonate, baking soda, or Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate) is a premium powder widely used as a leavening agent, aerator or alkali in recipes. Bicarb soda has a saline, slightly alkaline taste and no aroma. Use it in breads and cakes to help them rise.

How to Use:

Bicarb can be used on its own as directed in recipes. It is very popular as an integral ingredient in traditional soda bread and cakes. Or mix your own ‘baking powder’, the ingredient used to make Self Raising flour from Plain flour.

Combine ½ tsp. of Cream of Tartar with ¼ tsp. of Bicarb (2:1), and (optional) ¼ tsp. of corn starch.

This is equivalent to 1 tsp. of Baking Powder in recipes and can be added to 110 grams of Plain flour to make Self Raising flour. Because Bicarb starts to react in recipes as soon as moisture is added, be sure to bake batter immediately and place in oven as quickly as possible.

Bicarb soda is also used as a natural household deodorant, to sprinkle on fresh stains in carpets or with vinegar as a cleaner.


Sodium Bicarbonate 100% (Mineral salt E500).

Preservative Free, Non-GMO.


No Known Allergens. This product may contain traces of Allergens.


Store in an airtight container in a cool (<15o C), dry place, away from direct sunlight.

Shelf Life:

Up to 12 months when stored as above. See Best Before date.

Please contact your local store to check availability. Not available in all stores. Images for illustrative purposes only.