At Frosch, we use the natural cleaning properties of baking soda for some of our products, particularly those around the kitchen. This is because baking soda is great at attacking encrusted food-stuffs left after preparing meals.
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But what is baking soda and why is it known to have cleaning properties.
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, comes from the natural mineral, natron. It is usually available in fine powdery form. It has applications for household cleaning, but can also be used as a leavening agent in baking, hence the name.
Baking powder, on the other hand, usually contains bicarbonate of soda, but comes already mixed with a mild acid, such as monocalcium phosphate or Potassium bitartrate (also knows as Cream of Tartar).
Baking powder works by releasing carbon dioxide gas into a batter or dough through an acid-base reaction, causing bubbles in the wet mixture to expand.
See also: Why baking soda has always cleaned.