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Umbra on the origins of baking soda August 11, 2005 7:53 AM

Wednesday, 10 Aug 2005

Harmin' Hammer?
Umbra on the origins of baking soda

Sometimes it's better not to ask where things come from: Starburst candies, for instance, or Karl Rove. But sometimes you just gotta know. You're puttering around your kitchen, reach for that orange box, and suddenly it hits you: What the hell is baking soda, anyway? Sure, it's a great eco-cleaning alternative, but should you extend your environmental principles to the very bitter ends of the pantry shelf and worry about its impacts? Today, Umbra unearths the deep origins of an overlooked staple.

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