The Many Uses of Sodium Bicarbonate

Did you know that the ubiquitous box of baking soda in your home pantry refrigerator has an abundance of industrial, pharmaceutical, and beauty uses? The water treatment ingredient supplier, Bell Chem, stocks this versatile chemical for use by your business. Below are only a few uses for sodium bicarbonate:

  • The human body requires a limited pH range to maintain health. When too much acid is present in any of the body’s systems, sodium bicarbonate can quickly counter by forming an acid/base reaction or by increasing the body’s pH. Chronic renal fatigue, heartburn, uric acid renal stones, and metabolic acidosis are all treatable with sodium bicarbonate.

  • Sodium bicarbonate effectively cleans teeth and gums and reduces the mouth’s natural acidity, which if higher than normal can cause oral infections. Therefore, many non-fluoride toothpastes, rely on sodium bicarbonate.

  • 25 percent of the total amount of sodium bicarbonate utilized worldwide is used as an animal feed additive.

  • Wool, silk, and leather dyeing all utilize sodium bicarbonate.

  • Complex plastic and polymer manufacturing use sodium bicarbonate as a purifier and catalyst.

  • The breakdown of sodium bicarbonate releases carbon dioxide, which features prominently in the manufacturing of rubber and plastic. Sodium bicarbonate’s carbon dioxide release is closely controlled to shape the finished rubber or plastic product.

  • Much like shaping rubber and plastic, sodium bicarbonate releases carbon dioxide during the baking process, causing breads to rise and giving cookies a fluffy appearance. Add sodium bicarbonate to peas or other vegetables while they cook to soften them.

  • Most tarnish-removing cleansers contain sodium bicarbonate as an ingredient.

  • In a similar fashion of pulling odors from your refrigerator, sodium bicarbonate controls the sulfide odor from wastewater treatment plants. It also counters biological growth and, due to its high pH value, maintains the proper alkalinity in water as it’s processed. Chemically, sodium bicarbonate binds with sulfur dioxide to desulphurized flue gas, a process that treats industrial gases before they are released into the atmosphere.

  • Sodium bicarbonate’s disinfecting function gives it a leading role in the pharmaceutical industry; it destroys bacteria and fungi as it disinfects.

  • Libraries and book collectors find that sprinkling book pages with sodium bicarbonate releases the musty odor in damaged or older books.

  • The dry, chemical-based fire extinguishers used in homes and businesses contain sodium bicarbonate to battle grease and electrical fires.

With its dozens of uses, almost every industry can benefit from using sodium bicarbonate. Bell Chem, a water treatment ingredient supplier is based in Longwood, FL. With hundreds of products stocked in their 50,000+ square-foot warehouse, you can expect the highest quality products, expedited shipping options for maximum efficiency, and unrivaled personalized customer service. Let our knowledgeable and friendly customer service representatives and accounting staff personalize all your needs by either calling 407-339-BELL (2355) or by sending us an online message.