DOES BAKING SODA GO BAD?

DOES BAKING SODA GO BAD?

 Does baking soda go bad?

 
Baking soda is used in baking (in addition to being used for other types of cleaning and household purposes). But is baking soda go bad? Short answer: Yes! Baking soda has a short shelf life and loses its potency within six months of opening the package. (It can last up to three years if left in unopened packaging.
 
But there are things you can do to extend the life of your soda and ways to make sure your box of soda doesn't go to waste.
 

How to extend the life of baking soda
 
To extend the shelf life of your baking soda a little, dit the box. If you store your soda in any type of sealed container and put it in the pantry or cabinet, this can extend its life. In addition, freezing baking soda can help reduce the risk of loss of potency, if you do not use it regularly.

How to tell when baking soda goes bad

Baking soda will not lose color or smell and is still good to use beyond the expiration date. When it "goes bad," it simply means that it is ineffective.
 
Fortunately, if you don't know when you open your soda box, you can test if the baking soda is still good. Just sprinkle a tablespoon of it into a bowl of  vinegar. If it fizzes, it is still fresh and safe to use. 

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How to use baking soda water before it expires
 
Putting a box of baking soda in the fridge to combat odors is a common way to use baking soda, but there are many ways to use it for more than just freshening up your fridge.

Use Baking Soda as a natural way to clean your home

 Baking soda is a great deodorizer and cleaner, a must have if you like natural cleaning products. You can use it for everything from washing dishes to shining silverware to refreshing a mattress. (Check out some of our favorite things for making soda.)

Use baking soda to clean produce

Baking soda and water (about one teaspoon of baking soda to four cups) can help clean dirt, pesticides, and other contaminants from your products. (Just let your fruits and vegetables sit in the mix for about 15 minutes to do its work.)  

Let baking soda help you unclog your drains

All you need is a cup of baking soda, distilled vinegar and some boiling water to help make a slow moving drain.

Add baking soda to your pool

Baking soda can help stabilize your pool water, increasing the pH and alkalinity of your pool, although you'll need more than a little power to achieve this. (You'll need 1.5 pounds of baking soda per 10,000 gallons of pool water to increase alkalinity by 10 ppm

Use baking soda to deodorize

Baking soda is a natural dehydrating agent, perfect for sprinkling in trash, smelly shoes, trash cans, smelly carpets (let sit for an hour or two before clearing), or anywhere else that may smell a little fresh.

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Add baking soda to your first aid kit

 Baking soda has many medicinal uses, so you may want to keep some near your first aid kit.

  • For bee stings and insect bites Try mixing a quarter of a cup of baking soda with two teaspoons of water to make a paste. Repeat frequently to help control inflammation. 
  • For Poison Ivy You can use a paste to help reduce the swelling and itching caused by poison ivy, or soak it in hot water and baking soda.

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