Last Updated on April 16, 2022
Did you know that there are hundreds of uses for baking soda with water? Not only in the kitchen, but also for cleaning and medicinal functions!
Today, we will have a look at exactly how baking soda works so that you can better understand where and how to use it. And, we will explore some of the best ways you can use it in your everyday life. It can make an excellent easy alternative to store-bought options!
What Is Baking Soda And How Does It Work?
Baking soda has been around for decades! And, believe it or not, this ingredient hasn’t only been used for cooking, but also for cleaning and medicinal purposes. But, what exactly is baking soda?
Baking soda is also known as sodium bicarbonate or bicarbonate of soda. This ingredient is an alkaline, which means that it has a pH level between 7.1 and 14.
As we have mentioned above, this ingredient is popular in the kitchen. When it is combined with an acidic ingredient, it has the ability to act as a leavening agent by producing carbon dioxide gas. It helps give lift to baked items in a similar way that baking powder or yeast does. But, instead of it being a natural leavener, it is a chemical one.
But, when mixing baking soda with water it also has many other functions. The bubbles produced during this mixing process will help break down tough stains. It can also kill weeds or manage certain minor insect infestations.
However, the real shocking use for baking soda with water is its medicinal properties. It can potentially treat heartburn, soothe canker sores, and relieve itches and sunburn.
How To Lower The pH Of Water With Baking Soda To Make It More Acidic?
Now, you may wonder why exactly someone would want to make water more acidic. Well, there are tons of reasons. Acidic ingredients have a ton of uses, just as much as alkaline ones do.
When it comes to your health, by controlling the pH of the foods you are consuming, you can maintain an overall balanced or neutral bodily pH. When either your alkaline or acid levels are too high or low, there are some drastic effects.
And, for cooking, lowering the pH could have to do with the science behind baking. You can also control the exact effect and intensity of it by controlling the pH of your mixture.
How to lower the pH
Generally, water has a pH of 7.0. This means it’s neutral, neither an alkaline nor an acid. Anything below 7 is an acid whereas everything above 7 is an alkaline.
If you made some alkaline water using baking soda and the pH is too high, you can easily lower it again by adding an acidic ingredient. This can be lemon juice or vinegar.
The pH of water can be tested with pH strips bought from your local drug store or hardware store.
And, if you want to increase the pH again, you can simply add more alkaline, in this case baking soda.
What Can Baking Soda With Water Be Used For?
1. Baking soda mouthwash
Baking soda can be used as a mouthwash replacement. Simply combine ½ teaspoon of baking soda with water. Half a cup should be just fine.
This alkaline also has teeth whitening abilities! For an inexpensive teeth whitener, mix baking soda with water to form a thick paste. Brush your teeth with the paste to remove any excess plaque and to help lighten stains.
2. Kitchen cleaner
Baking soda with water and a touch of lemon juice makes the perfect kitchen cleaner. It can be used to effortlessly clean ovens, stained coffee cups, grease stains, kitchen tiles, stained marble, microwaves, and countertops.
Combine equal parts baking soda with lemon juice and a bit of water in a spray bottle. The carbon dioxide produced helps break down the dirt while the lemon juice helps neutralize or kill bacteria.
3. Pesticide remover for fruit and veggies
Fruit and veggies are known to be packed with pesticides that aren’t always visible to the eye. Many fruits have a waxy layer on them which is a type of pesticide commonly used. While it isn’t harmful, it certainly isn’t ideal.
This can easily be removed by simply mixing a teaspoon or so of baking soda with water. Wipe the fruit to safely and effectively remove any foreign objects.
4. Cleaning a water cooler
Buildup in water coolers can be potentially harmful to your health and make you very sick. On top of that, it may cause your water cooler to break because it cannot function properly.
So, to clean it in the best possible way, we highly recommend adding some hot water with several cups of vinegar. Run the vinegar solution through the dispenser several times. Use a toothbrush to clean buildup in grooves and holes that don’t want to wipe or rinse away.
Next, drain the vinegar solution and discard it. Now, combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda with two cups of water. Allow the baking soda water to sit in the cooler for a while so it can help neutralize the vinegar taste. The solution can now be drained and discarded.
Fill your cooler with new clean water.
5. Relieve heartburn
Many people use baking soda to treat heartburn, otherwise known as acid reflux.
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cold water. Drink this slowly to help relieve heartburn.
6. May relieve itchy skin and sunburns
Adding baking soda to your bath may help to soothe itchy or irritated skin – even sunburn! You can also add some cornstarch or oatmeal to your baking soda bath as it may further improve your skins’ condition.
Who would have thought that baking soda with water could have so many baking, health, and cleaning uses? Make sure to put these methods and techniques to the test and let us know what you think in the comments below.
How to make alkaline water with baking soda?
To create an alkaline water, the pH of the water should be above 7. You can test the pH with a store-bought tester which will help give you an indication of how much to increase the level. Simply add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda at a time to slowly increase to pH to the correct alkaline level.
How to clean a water cooler with vinegar and baking soda?
First, rinse and clean the cooler with a mixture of vinegar and hot water. Then, scrub the inside with some baking soda and water to help remove the vinegar flavor and further break down the stains. Finally, rinse your water cooler with clean water before filling it up again.
How to lower pH in water with baking soda?
Lowering water with an alkaline pH is also very easy. Simply add more acidic ingredients. When water with baking soda is mixed, it creates a high H which is alkaline. And, when adding acid (like vinegar or lemon juice) it lowers it, potentially until it becomes an acidic water solution.
How much baking soda with water for heartburn?
You only need to dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking soda in water to help relieve heartburn. Drink the mixture slowly.
Lindy Van Schalkwyk is a culinary specialist with a background in Advanced Cooking, Advanced Pâtisserie, Media Communications and Nutrition. She has gained invaluable experience in the culinary industry having worked in some of the top restaurants in Africa in 2016 and 2017. Her expertise in nutrition has enabled her to develop recipes for special dietary needs. In 2018, Lindy began working in the Food Media industry, focusing on recipe development, recipe writing, food writing and food styling.