Can I Use Baking Soda Instead of Baking Powder? Baking Soda Uses | Lovely Intelligent Beauti

Sodium Bicarbonate is the chemical name for baking soda. We see this common kitchen item just about every day, but what all can it be used for. And, can it be used instead of baking powder when cooking?
The Uses of Baking Soda
Over the years people have come to know just how diverse, cheap, and effective baking soda is. The uses of baking soda are not only limited to cooking, but can be applied to just about every aspect of your life. So if you didn't know before, sit back for a few minutes and be amazed. You are about to appreciate and utilize baking soda just a little bit more.
 
Baking soda uses for skin
Baking soda can be quite effective when being used to eliminate or reduce sweat odor. If you've ever paid attention, when you initially begin to sweat, you don't necessary have an odor. You just feel uncomfortably wet and hot. That is until those awful bacterials that have built a mansion in your arm pits start to break down the sweat, that you start to smell.
 
To prevent this odor, simply rub some baking soda under your arm.
You'll want to make a paste of baking soda and apply it to your arm pits. Leave the paste on for about 15 to 20 minutes and then wipe it off with a dry cloth or towel. Follow this step by drying your arm pits or just let them air dry (you want them completely dried). When you feel that your arm pits are dry enough, you can continue with your life. Do this once or twice a week.
 
To strengthen the effects of this remedy, you can apply your deodorant as usual after your arm pits are completely dried.
 
To eliminate sweat odor, simply add a good amount of dry baking soda to your sweaty arm pits. Rub the baking soda into your arm pits until they begin to turn pasty and then flaky. Simply wipe of the remaining baking soda with a dry cloth or towel and continue with your life. You should notice a considerable difference in smell.
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For bug bites and bee stings, make a paste of baking soda and apply it to the affected area. Leave the paste on for 15 to 30 minutes, or until you no longer feel the itch.
 
If your entire body is itchy, you can mix 1 to 2 cups of baking soda in a tub of warm water and sit in it. Make sure the water isn't too hot. Sit in this solution until the affected area is completely soaked. To get the best results, sit in the solution for about 20 to 30 minutes.
 
 
Baking Soda or Baking Powder for Cooking?
Because of it's alkaline properties, baking soda is commonly used in numerous baked goods, which helps doughs rise. You may be surprise to know that baking soda actually has a higher pH level than other commonly used acid ingredients. That include lemons, limes, vinegar, and countless other household acids. However, when baking soda is mixed with any of these acids, it will usually try to reach a neutral level. Also, chemically baking soda only has one acid in it, so it's not always a good or reliable leavening agent.
 
The question over the years has always been, "Can I use Baking Soda Instead of Baking Powder?" And the answer is....well it depends on what you are baking.
 
As you read above, baking soda only contain one acid. This is okay if you are using a recipe that contains another acid like lemon, lime, vinegar, or whatever else. Combining baking soda with that second acid will balance your recipe out. However, if baking soda is the only acid you are relying on, your recipe may not come out as you expect.
 
Baking powder on the other hand consist of two different acids. So when using it for baking purposes, you rarely ever have to add another acid. It's strong enough on it's own.
 
So if you've been asking yourself, "Can I Use Baking Soda Instead of Baking Powder," it heavily depends on what you are baking.
 
Like baking soda, baking powder can be used for multiple purposes, but that's a blog for another times.
 
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Baking Soda Uses for Teeth
Baking soda can be easily yet effectively used to whiten your teeth. The most common remedy is adding baking soda to your tooth paste and brushing as usual.
 
Another baking soda uses for teeth remedy includes you using a spare tooth brush to apply dry baking soda all over your teeth and the rest of your mouth. Gently rub the baking soda all around with the tooth brush and leave the solution in your mouth for 5 to 15 minutes. Baking soda is most effective when it is given time to react or work. While you wait, swift the solution around in your mouth so that every part of your mouth has contact with it.
 
Another common remedy includes you mixing baking soda with lemon water and creating a paste. You may add sea salt to this mixture if you like. Brush your teeth as usual.
 
All of these methods are great ways to eliminate mouth odors as well.
 
For more baking soda uses, keep an out for my next blog post on how to permanently get rid of tonsil stones.
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