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What is Bicarb soda?
Bicarb soda (Bicarbonate soda) is an alkali powder most commonly used as a leavening agent in baking. Bicarb soda needs to be combined with some form of acid in order to create a reaction that causes carbon dioxide to be released and expand the mixture. As the mixture cooks, air replaces the carbon dioxide creating a light fluffy bread or cake.
What is Bicarb soda used for?
While baking is seen as the primary use of bicarbonate soda. Other uses of bicarb soda include-:
A variety of skin and beauty applications such as
Being used to make homemade toothpaste by being combined with hydrogen peroxide.
Making an exfoliating skin scrub by making a mixture of oatmeal, water and bicarb. The mix ratio should be 3 parts bicarb, i part oatmeal, 1 part water
Use as a natural deodorant
Hand cleanser using 3 parts bicarb to 1 part water
Basic First Aid
Including splinter removal, sunburn relief, treating insect bites, relieving skin irritation and even the relief of indigestion.
Bicarb soda cleaning
Bicarb soda has a variety of household cleaning applications. These functions include -:
Scrubbing any surface - simply sprinkle the powder over the surface and use a damp sponge to scrub.
Oven cleaning by sprinkling bicarbonate on the oven, spraying with water and allowing it to sit overnight. The oven should be able to be wiped clean with a damp cloth.
Polishing furniture and silver
What is the difference between baking soda and bicarbonate of soda?
Baking soda and bicarbonate of soda are names for the same powder, Australian recipes usually call for bicarbonate soda whereas American recipes usually list baking soda. Where the confusion sometimes arises is when recipes call for the use of baking powder.
Baking powder is not the same thing. It is a bicarb soda substitute. It is bicarb soda mixed with an acidic agent , so that the reaction will occur naturally without adding some form of acidic ingredient.
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