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6 Ways Not to Use Baking Soda

6 Ways Not to Use Baking Soda

By Adam Verwymeren, Networx

Baking soda is a great and versatile tool around the home, and there are dozens of ways it can be put to use. It can cut grease, absorb odors and clean body parts, among its many other applications.

However, as handy as it is, this wonder substance does have its limitations. Here are a few ways not to use baking soda.

Antacid: Suffering from heartburn? Baking soda is a highly effective antacid. However, sodium bicarbonate is, well, sodium. So if your doctor has told you to cut down on the salt, donít reach for this household cure for indigestion. Ask your doctor to recommend a safer alternative.

Cleaning Aluminum: While a quick scrubs with a bit of baking soda is a great way to clean your pots and pans, you should never use it on aluminum cookware. The alkaline sodium bicarbonate reacts with the aluminum and can cause your pots and pans to discolor.

Fridge Freshener: Because it reacts with odor-causing acids, baking soda will make your fridge smell a little fresher. But only a little. The problem is that that tiny box has an even tinier opening, which offers up only a few square inches of surface area for smell-causing compounds to react with. For baking soda to be a truly effective odor-fighting substance, youíd have to place large trays of it in the bottom of your fridge. If youíre in the market for a cheap fridge-freshening substance, try activated charcoal, an incredibly porous substance that offers maximum surface area to grab hold of those smelly molecules.

Grease Fires: Enough baking soda on a grease fire will smother the flames. But even if you happen to keep mountains of the stuff next to your stove, itís nearly impossible to maintain a safe distance from the fire while shoveling this powdery substance onto the flames. Youíre more likely to end up with a grease fire and a blinding cloud of airborne baking soda. So skip this makeshift solution and invest in a good fire extinguisher before an accident happens.

Acne: Baking soda is a powerful cleanser, and proponents use it for everything from deodorant to hair care. But because it is an alkaline substance, some people suggest that you shouldnít use it as a cure for acne. Baking soda neutralizes the bodyís natural acids, which help keep acne bacteria in check. Apply a little of it to your face, and youíre giving pimples free reign to breakout across your brow.

Baking Powder: They might look the same, but baking soda and baking powder are not interchangeable. Both can produce carbon dioxide in the right conditions, giving pancakes and biscuits a light, airy texture. However, baking soda reacts with acids already found in foods, like buttermilk or yogurt. Baking powder, on the other hand, has a powdered acid in it, so it is self-leavening. Use the wrong one and your baked goods arenít going to have the right amount of rise and will have an off taste.

Adam Verymeren is a San-Francisco based gardening and home writer.

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5:53PM PST on Dec 15, 2014

Whops!!! meant welcomed

5:50PM PST on Dec 15, 2014

Thans for the advice, most wecomed.

4:24PM PST on Dec 10, 2014

All my life I have heard about baking soda as a fridge freshener, and done this often...never too old to learn something new!

4:21AM PST on Dec 4, 2014

OMG, I have switched and learned the hard way the difference between baking powder and baking soda... a very salty lesson!

5:53PM PST on Dec 1, 2014

Good to know
Thanks

5:20AM PST on Nov 29, 2014

"Baking Powder: They might look the same, but baking soda and baking powder are not interchangeable. Both can produce carbon dioxide in the right conditions, giving pancakes and biscuits a light, airy texture. However, baking soda reacts with acids already found in foods, like buttermilk or yogurt. Baking powder, on the other hand, has a powdered acid in it, so it is self-leavening."

Oh yes. My husband discovered this the hard way. He had a really bad does of indigestion .. so got up in the night to try the baking soda. He chose baking powder thinking it the same ..... and couldn't understand why his stomach swelled up and his gas got way WAY worse !!!!!! We have all laughed about it since !!!!

2:35AM PST on Nov 21, 2014

Thanks

6:03AM PST on Nov 14, 2014

Thanks for the information

7:04AM PST on Nov 13, 2014

Baking soda makes an outstanding carpet cleaner.

8:37PM PST on Nov 11, 2014

nice to know.

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