Baking soda is essentially the same thing as bicarbonate of soda; they’re just different names for the same ingredient. Baking soda is a raising agent, which roughly speaking, means it will have a chemical reaction when mixed with other ingredients, causing air to bubble up and leaving baked goods lighter and fluffier than otherwise. Baking powder, however, is like a pre-mixed batch of baking soda and a very weak acid – usually cream of tartar.
What is baking soda used for?
Baking soda is a pretty amazing substance with a multitude of functions.
The versatile powder can be used to remove stains, keep furniture and clothes looking fresh, and be used as a baking staple ingredient.
The best thing about baking soda is everyone should have a tub lying around in their kitchen cupboard.
And if you’re one of the few who don’t, make sure to get one – you won’t regret it.
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Clean a painted wall
Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and lightly rub the sponge on walls and painted furniture to remove dirt. Simply wipe dry with a clean cloth once you’re done.
Sparingly shake the powder onto carpets and upholstered furniture and let it sit for 15 minutes.
Vacuum the surface area to remove the excess baking soda, ensuring the odours have been absorbed by the soda.