The difference between baking soda and baking soda

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In addition to the usual pet videos and pop culture memes, cleaning tips and demonstrations have become a constant presence in our social media feed. Dramatic photos of objects before and afteronce tarnished beyond recognition, now shiny and new, thanks to a specific technique or product the poster swears by.

While browsing through these new cleaning methods, many of which have been around for a long time, you may have come across someone using baking soda and had a few questions. Well, at least one: What’s the difference between baking soda and baking soda? Get ready, because you are about to find out.

What is the difference between baking soda and baking soda?

Before we get into their differences, here are a few things to know about baking soda and baking soda. have in common:

  • Both can be used for cleaning purposes
  • Both are affordable and considered eco-friendly friendly
  • Both are compounds involving sodium
  • Neither should ever be inhaled
  • Both can cause eye irritation

And now, the differences between baking soda and baking soda:

Soda ash

  • Chemical name: Sodium carbonate
  • Molecular formula: N / A2CO3
  • Just: Vegetable ash (this is why it is sometimes called “soda ash”)
  • Very alkaline (pH ~11)
  • Should never be ingested or used in any type of cooking
  • Very caustic: wear gloves when handling washing soda
  • Powder with larger granules

Baking soda

  • Chemical name: Sodium bicarbonate
  • Molecular formula: NaHC03
  • Just: Nahcolite (mineral form of baking soda)
  • Slightly alkaline (pH ~8)
  • Often used in baking and other food preparations
  • Safe to handle without gloves
  • Powder with smaller granules

How to make baking soda with baking soda

Baking soda isn’t as widely available in stores as baking soda, and if it is where you live (and you don’t want or can’t buy it online), you can make your own using baking soda. Here’s how:

  • Spread a (rather) thin layer of baking soda evenly on a cookie sheet
  • Put in a 400F oven and cook for about 30 minutes
  • While cooking, stir the baking soda from time to time (remember to spread it again in a thin layer before putting it back in the oven)

The tricky part is paying attention to when the change in composition occurs. According to Nature’s Nurture Blog, baking soda is “powdery, crystallized, and clumps”, while baking soda is “more gritty, dull, and doesn’t clump as easily.” The blog provides a photo to illustrate the difference, with baking soda on the left and baking soda on the right:

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Remember that this form washing soda is also caustic, so once it has made its transformation, be sure to wear gloves when handling it.

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