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- Sodium Bicarbonate
- Molecular Formula: NaHCO3
- CAS Number: 144-55-8
- Manufacturer: TATA Chemicals Europe
- Grade: Food Grade E500
- Appearance: Powder Fine
Also Known As:
- Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate
- Baking Soda / Bicarbonate Of Soda
- Sodium Acid Carbonate
- Odourless, white crystalline solid or powder
- Slightly alkaline in solution
- Sparingly soluble in water
- Decomposes to sodium carbonate and carbon dioxide on heating
- Has relatively low toxicity
- The powder dust is not explosive
APPLICATIONS OF SODIUM BICARBONATE
- Increase KH and pH without increasing GH though it does add sodium to the water.
- It is often used in making CO2 with yeast mixes as it makes the mixture last longer due to the high initial pH value.
- It prevents pH Shock disease in areas of soft tap water.
- It can be used to make tank water more alkaline as it will buffer water up to a pH of 8.2.
- One teaspoon (~5 grams) of sodium bicarbonate per 189.3 Litres (50 US G.) of water will increase KH by about 1 degree.
- For the Home:
- Cleaning agent – fridges, garbage disposals, etc.
- Water softener – use in washing machines and for washing dishes
- Deodorizing – shoes, footwear cupboards, carpet refresher
- Fire extinguisher – forms a smothering soapy foam
- Polishing – removes dirt without damaging high hardness materials such as stainless steel or iron
- Mixed with sugar – acts as an effective pesticide for roaches and silverfish
For Care of the Body:
- Use as a teeth whitener – brush teeth with a paste of bicarb soda and water
- Sodium bicarbonate ear drops
- Stomach reliever – spoonful in cool glass of water
- Eczema reliever – half-cup in hot bath from 15 to 20 minutes
- Also good for the throat, painful gums, insect bites, and warts
- Use in cosmetics and personal care products
- For Emergencies:
- Sodium bicarbonate can neutralize or reduce acids in the blood, or urine.
- It may be used in emergency medical situations (heart attacks, serious kidney or lung problems) to correct the normal acid-base balance in the blood or as an aid in treating overdoses with certain types of medications.
- Sodium Bicarbonate Assay (NaHCO3): 99.87%
- Carbonate (CO3): 0.065%
- Loss on Drying Wt. Loss: < 0.01%
- Ammonium (NH4): < 20 mg/kg
- Arsenic (As): < 0.1 mg/kg
- Calcium (Ca): 75 mg/kg
- Chloride (Cl): 65 mg/kg
- Heavy Metals: < 5 mg/kg
- Lead (Pb): < 1 mg/kg
- Iron (Fe): 2.6 mg/kg
- Sulphate (SO4): 40 mg/kg
- pH of a freshly prepared 5% Solution: 8.01
- Insoluble Substances: 1g dissolves completely in 20ml of water to give a clear solution
- Powder Fine: 65 Average Median Size (microns)
Sodium Bicarbonate Food Grade
What Can I Do With Sodium Bicarbonate?
Sodium Bicarbonate has been used for many years as a leavening agent. It reacts with acids in batter mixes which produces carbon dioxide making it rise and expand during cooking.
Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a small glass of water, then soak the affected area twice a day. Many splinters will come out on their own after a couple of days using this treatment.
To whiten your teeth naturally, crush one strawberry and mix with 1/2 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate. Spread the mixture onto your teeth and leave on for five minutes. Then brush your teeth and rinse. This method should be used no more than once a week, as excessive use could potentially damage your tooth enamel.
To remove grease and stubborn stains, mix 2 tablespoons of Baking Soda with 1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice to form a foaming mix. Apply to a damp cloth and clean.