Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is widely used in baking.
This is because it has leavening properties, meaning it causes dough to rise by producing carbon dioxide.
Aside from cooking, baking soda has a variety of additional household uses and health benefits.
Here are 23 benefits and uses of baking soda.
In 1863, Ernest Solvay discovered a new process for manufacturing sodium carbonate using sea salt, ammonia and carbonic acid.
This process produced a sodium bicarbonate of high purity, which is used today in many fields: food, detergents, health and remediation.
Over time, the group has grown and now Solvay, with a presence in 55 countries on five continents, is the world leader in sodium carbonate and bicarbonate with manufacturing plants in the United States and Europe.
The use of baking soda as a fungicide is not a new idea. In Alfred C. Hottes’ A Little Book of Climbing Plants, published in 1933 by the A.T. De La Mare Co. of New York, mention is made of using one ounce of baking soda per gallon of water to control powdery mildew (PM) on climbing roses. The author credits the idea to a Russian plant pathologist, A. de Yaczenski
In the August, 1985 issue of Organic Gardening magazine, a short article by Warren Shultz entitled “Recipe for Resistance” reports that researchers in Japan obtained effective control of PM on cucumbers, eggplants, and strawberries. They suggested weekly sprays of ¼ ounce baking soda per gallon of water.