The Everyday Miracle
We call Baking Soda ‘The Everyday Miracle™’ because while it’s pure and simple, it’s also an astoundingly versatile, multi-purpose product.
What is Baking Soda?
Baking Soda, a sodium bicarbonate, is a naturally occurring substance that is present in all living things–it helps living things maintain the pH balance necessary for life. Baking Soda is made from soda ash, also known as sodium carbonate. The soda ash is obtained in one of two ways: it can be manufactured by passing carbon dioxide and ammonia through a concentrated solution of sodium
chloride (table salt). In our case, it is mined in the form of an ore called trona. Whether the soda ash is mined or processed, it is dissolved into a solution through which carbon dioxide is bubbled, and sodium bicarbonate precipitates out, forming ‘Pure, Safe and Natural” Baking Soda. It is pure enough (more than 99%) to be listed in the United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) since 1848.
How can Baking Soda do so much, so well?
It is the natural chemical and physical properties of Baking Soda that account for its many safe and effective uses. The five specific capabilities of Baking Soda are listed below.
Baking Soda acts a cleaning agent because it is a mild alkali and can cause dirt and grease to dissolve easily in water for effective removal. When it is not fully dissolved, like when it is sprinkled on a damp sponge, Baking Soda is mildly abrasive and can lift dirt for easy removal as a gentle scouring
powder. Since it’s gentle, Baking Soda is safe and effective as a cleaner for glass, chrome, steel, enamel and plastic. Because Baking Soda is a pure, natural product that is also a food, it is non-toxic, unlike many other household cleaners. It is safe to use around children and pets and is ideal for cleaning food preparation surfaces. In your home use Baking Sodato clean sinks, tubs, tile, microwaves, plastic containers, even teeth without scratching. Industrially, Baking Soda is used to clean large machinery and commercial kitchen equipment.
Baking Soda’s deodorization power is a result of its ability to neutralize odors, rather than just covering up odors with perfumes. Most unpleasant odors come from either strong acids (like sour milk) or strong bases (spoiled fish). Baking Soda deodorizes by bringing both acidic and basic odor molecules into a neutral, more odor-free state. Use Baking Soda as a personal deodorant for underarms and feet, and as a household deodorant on carpets, upholstery and in the fridge and freezer. Baking Soda can also deodorize when it’s dissolved in water. So you can use Baking Soda as a mouthwash to neutralize garlic breath, as a diaper soak to neutralize that ‘ammonia’ smell (basic) and to deodorize plastic food containers that have absorbed that pickle or sauerkraut smell (acidic). Industrially, Baking Soda is used for odor control of sewage disposal plants and around barn and feedlots.
The most universal use of Baking Soda is for baking in which Baking Soda is used to promote leavening. Leavening increases the surface area of dough or batter by causing it to rise and become light and porous. The most common leavening agent is carbon dioxide, a gas that is produced by a chemical reaction with the use of Baking Soda, baking powder or yeast in a recipe. Baking Soda yields the carbon dioxide for leavening when it’s heated. When used as a leavening agent, Baking Soda also reacts with acidic ingredients to render a neutral, tasteless residue. Common examples of these acidic ingredients include sour milk, buttermilk, molasses, cream of tartar, lemon juice and the acidic substances in baking powder. Baking Soda has been used by generations of good cooks who have trusted our unwavering standard of purity since 1846…from our great-grandmothers, to our grandmothers and now to us.
Because of its chemical makeup, Baking Soda has unique capabilities as a buffer. Buffering is the maintenance of a stable pH balance, or acid-alkali balance. As a buffer, Baking Soda tends to cause acid solutions to become more basic and to cause basic solutions to become more acid, bringing both solutions to a stable pH around 8.1 (slightly basic) onthe pH scale. A buffer also resists pH change in a Page 2 solution, in this case maintaining a pH of 8.1. In this way Baking Soda can be used as an antacid in the
human digestive system, neutralizing acids from acid indigestion and heartburn and relieving the associated discomfort. (See directions for this use on the Baking Soda box.) When used as a paste on skin or in the bath, Baking Soda soothes the irritation of poison ivy, insect bites, sunburn, and prickly heat. The natural buffering of Baking Soda also means that it’s a safe and natural way to maintain appropriate pH levels in pools, where stable pH keeps water quality at its best, and in septic tanks, where stable pH provides a healthy environment for the beneficial bacteria that break down wastes. Industrially, Baking Soda is used in sewage treatment facilities for its ability to maintain favorable pH levels.
Baking Soda is effective as a fire extinguisher for grease and electrical fires. When Baking Soda is heated it releases carbon dioxide (just as when dough rises) and produces water. Since carbon dioxide is heavier than air and does not support combustion like oxygen does, it smothers the fire while the water that is formed cools the fire to below the ignition temperature. Unlike any other household chemical, Baking Soda both cools and smothers a fire. Many homes have Baki ng Soda readily available as a first step in fighting kitchen, garageand car fires — then call the Fire Department. Many commercial fire extinguishers, including dry chemical and foam, contain Baking Soda.
Kitchen Cleaning Coffee and Tea Pots:
Remove those coffee and tea stains and eliminate bitter off-tastes by washing coffee maker parts, and coffee and tea pots in a solution of 1/4 cup Baking Soda in 1 quart of warm water. For stubborn stains, try soaking overnight in the Baking Soda solution and detergent. You can even remove the unsightly stains from your favorite cups and mugs, by sprinkling Baking Soda on a sponge and scrubbing the stains away!
Deodorizing Cutting Boards:
Your cutting board smells like the garlic you chopped up yesterday? Use Baking Soda to clean and deodorize your cutting boards because it is a food safe cleaner! Sprinkle Baking Soda on a damp sponge, scrub and rinse clean! Now you are all set to chop those onions!
Not ready to run the dishwasher, but can not stand the smell of the tuna you had for lunch? Sprinkle a handful of Baking Soda on the dishes or in the bottom of the dish-washer to absorb these odors, so you can wait until the washer is full! The Baking Soda will do double-duty: deodorizing before you run the dishwasher and then cleaning in the first wash cycle. With Baking Soda handling the first cycle, add your detergent only to the cup that closes, for use in the second cycle.
Sweeten Drains and Garbage Disposals:
To deodorize your drains and disposal, pour Baking Soda down the drain while running warm tap water. The Baking Soda will neutralize both acid and basic odors for a fresh drain. When you are replacing a box from the Fridge or Freezer, pour the contets of the old box down the drain to get extra mileage from the Baking Soda.
Always keep Baking Soda on hand in the kitchen for an unexpected grease or electrical fire. Keep it away from the stove so you can reach it in case of a stovetop fire. Throw Baking Soda at the base of the flames as an initial step in controlling small kitchen or electrical fires. Call the Fire Department. To avoid reigniting, do not attempt to move the item until thoroughly cooled. To be sure, let the Fire Department handle this. (Do not use Baking Soda in deep fat fryers, as it may splatter.)
Deodorizing Fridges and Freezers:
Be sure to keep your both your Fridge and Freezer smelling fresh even with the fish and onions inside. Tear the front and back panels off of a Fridge-n-Freezer Flo-Thru Freshener™ Baking Soda box and place in the back of both the fridge and freezer, close to the air duct (usually located near the top shelf), to neutralize odors and prevent taste-transfer between foods. We recommend you change the boxes every 3 months…we’d be happy to remind you–just choose the Fridge/Freezer to learn more!
Fruit and Vegetable Scrub:
Baking Soda is the food safe way to clean dirt and residue off fresh fruit and vegetables. Just sprinkle on a damp sponge and scrub. Then rinse. Bon Appetite!
Deodorize Garbage Can:
Keep those garbage smells to a minimum by sprinkling Baking Soda in the garbage be-tween layers of garbage as they accumulate. Periodically wash out and deodorize gar-bage cans with a solution of 1 cup of Baking Soda per 1 gallon of water.
Food Safe/Surface Safe Cleaning:
Baking Soda is the ideal all-purpose cleaner for the kitchen. Who wants to use harsh chemicals on your counters, sinks, dish strainers, when you will be making dinner on those same surfaces?! Just sprinkle Baking Soda on a damp sponge or cloth and wipe clean, rinse thoroughly, then dry. Try it on counters, sinks, cutting boards, microwaves,
plastic containers, back splashes, oven tops, range hoods and more! Your kitchen will be fresh and clean.
Use Baking Soda to clean and deodorize your microwave, without scratching. Use a
solution of 4 tablespoons of Baking Soda to 1 quart of water. Wipe down microwave and rinse with clear water. For cooked-on foods sprinkle Baking Soda directly on a damp sponge, scrub fod stains and rinse. Try this on your fridge, freezer, and other appliances, too. Not only does it clean, it also deodorizes!
Deodorizing Plastic Containers:
Keep your plastic food storage containers and thermos smelling fresh. Wash them with Baking Soda sprinkled on a damp sponge. For lingering odors, just soak items in a solution of 4 tablespoons Baking Soda solution in 1 quart warm water. You will never know what was stored in them before!
Polish Silver Flatware:
Baking Soda can shine all your silver in no time at all! Use a Baking Soda paste made with 3 parts Baking Soda to 1 part water. Rub onto the silver with a clean cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly and dry for shining sterling and silver-plate serving pieces!
Cleaning Pots & Pans:
No more heavy scrubbing pots and pans! Baking Soda penetrates and helps lift off baked-on, dried-on foods. Shake on a generous amount of baking soda, add hot water, and dish detergent, let sit for 15 minutes and wash as usual.
Keep those recyclables smelling fresh until collection day. Sprinkle Baking Soda on top as you add to the container. Also, clean your recyclable container periodically by sprinkling Baking Soda on a damp sponge. Rinse and wipe clean. You can also wash the container with a solution of 1 cup of Baking Soda per 1 gallon of water. We are serious about caring for the environment, so we encourage you to recycle/reuse as much as possible. BAKING SODA is completely biodegradable and does not pollute ground water. We have also been using recycled paperboard for our packaging since 1907!
Removing Scuff Marks:
Get rid of those scuff marks on your no-wax floor. Just sprinkle Baking Soda on a damp sponge, rub clean and rinse. Baking Soda will remove the scuff mark, but will not scratch your floor!
Soak stale-smelling sponges in a strong Baking Soda solution to keep them fresh.
Boost the performance of your hand dish washing liquid detergent. Add 2 heaping
tablespoons of Baking Soda to the dish water to help cut grease and food on dishes, pots and pans. For cooked-on foods, let them soak in the Baking Soda/detergent water first, then use dry Baking Soda on a damp sponge or cloth as a scratchless scouring powder! Baking Soda helps fight minor kitchen fires! Did you know that Baking Soda can help in the initial handling of minor grease or electrical kitchen fires? That’s be-cause when Baking Soda is heated, it gives off carbon dioxide, which helps to smother the flames of grease and electrical fires. For small cooking fires (frypans, broilers, ovens, grills), turn off the gas or electricity if you can safely do so.
Stand back and throw handfuls of Baking Soda at the base of the flame to help put the fire out–and call the Fire Department just to be safe! To avoid re-ignition, do not attempt to move the item until thoroughly cooled. To be sure, let the Fire Department handle this. (Don’t use Baking Soda in deep fat fryers; it may splatter.) For small electrical fires(small appliances, heaters, outlets), unplug appliances if you can safely do so. Stand back and toss handfuls of Baking Soda at the base of the flames to help put the fire out — and call the Fire Department to be sure the fire’s out! (Remember – don’t use water on electrical fires, as shock or electrocution could result!)
Make an Emergency Fire Pail using Baking Soda! Here’s a great Fire Safety Awareness project for kids that will help the whole family be prepared for small fires. Using Baking Soda and a coffee can, kids can make a Fire Pail to have on hand in the event of a kitchen fire. To make a Fire Pail, request a label with instructions by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:
Fire Pail Brochures
PO Box 7468
Princeton, NJ 08543.
Bathroom Cleaning Bathroom Floors:
Baking Soda dissolves the dirt and grime from a bathroom tile or no-wax floor quickly and easily. Mix 1/2 cup Baking Soda in a bucket of warm water, mop and rinse clean for a sparkling floor.