This simple, useful, natural product has so many uses in health, personal care and household chores that it’s really a must have for just about everyone.
baking soda has been used as a rising agent for baking. It’s 100 percent sodium bicarbonate, which means when it’s combined with acid it creates bubbles and gives off a carbon dioxide gas, causing the dough to rise. Considered a nahcolite, part of the natural mineral natron, which contains large amounts of sodium bicarbonate, it’s been used since ancient times for a cleanser, soother, and a deodorizer.
Baking soda is a vital part of green cleaning and has so many uses in the house, but what about the garden.
Is baking soda good for plants? It certainly doesn’t seem to do any harm, but it isn’t the miracle cure for those mildew beleaguered roses either. Baking soda as a fungicide does appear to diminish the effects of fungal diseases on common ornamental and vegetable plants.
Some concerns, however, were raised over sodium bicarbonate in gardens because of the first part of the compound. Sodium can burn leaves, roots and other plant parts. It can also stay in soil and affect later plants. No serious buildup was found, however, and the Federal EPA has cleared sodium bicarbonate as safe for edible plants.