Sodium Bicarbonate Day celebrates bicarbonate of soda and its uses on December 30 every year. This day acknowledges a fundamental commodity of every household and especially of every kitchen. Bicarbonate of soda is also commonly known as bread soda, cooking soda, and baking soda. These names correspond to its scientific and chemical compound name, which is NaHCO3, also known as sodium bicarbonate. Bicarbonate of soda is the most used chemical compound because of its many practical and effective uses.
History of Sodium Bicarbonate Day
Sodium bicarbonate is a white powder-like crystalline that usually appears as a fine powder. When consumed, it tastes salty, one that is likened to alkaline water. The earliest uses of this substance can be traced back to ancient Egypt. In 3000 B.C., ancient Egyptians used a product called “Natron,” which mainly consisted of sodium bicarbonate.
In 1791, French chemist Nicolas Leblanc made what was known as “soda ash.” The most common use of bicarbonate of soda is as a leavening agent, specifically in the preparation of food. This is technically a component that would make a dough or batter rise through a chemical reaction when combined with gas and heat. Before the 1800s, most people would add yeast to their baked goods and desserts to let it grow. The only downside of this is that it was a tedious process and in most cases, the yeast would die at very hot or very cold temperatures. This is how baking soda started being used.
In 1846, the making of baking soda made everything easier for bakers and home cooks. Aside from being used in the kitchen, sodium bicarbonate has also been very effective for cleaning. Baking soda can remove mold and mildew build-up. This makes it the best option for polishing stainless steel, kitchen appliances, and even shower curtains. As of 1972, baking soda gained attention and more people have used it for food preservation.
As of the 21st century, this chemical composition was produced in bulk. Around two million tons of volume per year is produced. It is shipped worldwide and is sold to businesses and consumers for utility and productivity. Bicarbonate of soda has been deemed a miracle ingredient for many purposes such as removing foul odors, eliminating pesticides, neutralizing fires, brushing teeth, cleaning, and so much more.
Sodium Bicarbonate Day timeline
Nicolas Leblanc, a French chemist, makes sodium bicarbonate, also known as soda ash.
The Church & Dwight company develops the “Arm and Hammer” brand with the iconic logo of baking soda.
The compound is promoted through published articles in renowned magazines such as “Good Housekeeping” and “McCall.”
The Statue of Liberty’s 100th birthday is celebrated through its cleaning and refurbishing of inner copper walls, which leaves the figure effectively clean.
Sodium Bicarbonate Day FAQs
Is it dangerous to drink Bicarbonate of soda?
Drinking small amounts of baking soda is not usually dangerous. In adults, this can provide short-term relief from indigestion. However, drinking large amounts of baking soda is dangerous, and it is not suitable for long-term use, use during pregnancy, or use in children.
Will a cake rise without baking soda?
Leaving baking soda out of the cake prevents it from rising, but you can use baking powder as a substitute.
Does baking soda raise your blood pressure?
The side effects of using baking soda in excess can be related to salt retention, including raised blood pressure and swelling.
Sodium Bicarbonate Day Activities
Learn about the history and discovery
If you want to celebrate this holiday, do some research and learn more about how baking soda came to be. You can share this information with family and friends as well.
Share some of the ways you use bicarbonate of soda
Whether or not you are conscious of it, you have used baking soda at least once in your life. Think of its uses and share the ways it has acted as a miracle compound.
Create a project with this compound
Make an impressive science project for the kids. With the use of sodium bicarbonate, you can make a fun erupting volcano or even a self-propelling rocket.
5 Facts About Sodium Bicarbonate
It is good for the skin
Baking soda is great for exfoliating and helps balance the acidity of one’s skin.
Fun science activities
All baking soda experiments and projects can be thrilling, yet still safe for children.
It can be used in the laundry
Baking soda acts as a base with a pH level that is above 7.0, which helps give dirty clothes a deeper clean when washed.
Main ingredient in fire extinguishers
It is great for putting out a fire without being dangerous to its surroundings.
It is great for dental health
Baking soda is favorable for scrubbing away tough plaque and stains on teeth.
Why We Love Sodium Bicarbonate Day
It treats digestive problems
Many people suffer from acid reflux, which is when stomach acid goes back up to the esophagus from the stomach. This causes heartburn. The main element of baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, which acts as an antacid and relieves the feeling of acid reflux.
Bicarbonate of soda can remove odors
We get to de-stink many areas in our household that usually have foul odors. No one likes foul odors and we can easily get rid of them through one compound.
It can be the answer to all your cleaning needs
Because it is an alkali, baking soda acts as a cleaning agent. It dissolves dirt and oil greases easily. It is non-toxic, pure, and natural. You can use it sparingly unlike many other household products.
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