Sodium Bicarbonate

Sodium Bicarbonate (Powder Fine, Food Grade E500)

Also Known As:
Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, Baking Soda / Bicarbonate Of Soda, Sodium Acid Carbonate

Key Properties
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 Baking Soda Food Grade
Aquarium Use:
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 (Pwder Fine, Food Grade E500)

Material Data Sheet sodiumbicarbonate

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