Baking soda is a useful ingredient in and out of the kitchen. It is a multifunctional product, and is often used in baking and as a cleaning agent around the house.
However, if you’re new to using baking soda you might be wondering: Is baking soda flammable?
In this article, I will provide you with some key information about baking soda and baking powder, so you can gain a better understanding of their uses.
Keep reading to find out more.
What is baking soda and what is it used for?
Baking soda is a simple chemical compound, also known as sodium bicarbonate. It is one of the most widely used leaveners in baked goods, providing cakes with a light and fluffy aerated texture. However, baking soda has a plethora of other uses that go far beyond baking.
Some of the uses for baking soda include but are not limited to:
Extinguish oil and grease fires
Some fire extinguishers contain baking soda. When added to a fire, baking soda reacts with the heat to produce carbon dioxide. This, in turn, smothers and extinguishes the fire, making baking soda a useful household ingredient that can be used to extinguish small oil and grease fires.
Remove stubborn carpet stains
A combination of baking soda and vinegar can remove the most stubborn carpet stains.
When baking soda and vinegar are mixed, they create a compound called carbonic acid, which is a common ingredient in cleaning products. This reaction creates a lot of fizzing, which may help break down tough stains on your carpet.
Helps treat heartburn
Baking soda can help treat heartburn by neutralizing stomach acid. Heartburn is also known as acid reflux. It’s a painful, burning sensation that arises in the upper region of your stomach and can spread up into your throat.
Reflux can be caused through overeating, stress, and eating spicy or greasy foods.
To treat heartburn, dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cold water and drink the mixture slowly.
Helps relieve itchy skin and sunburn
Baking soda baths are often recommended to soothe itchy skin. These baths are a commonly used remedy for itching from bug bites and bee stings.
Additionally, baking soda may help soothe itching from sunburns. Some people claim it can be more effective when combined with other ingredients such as cornstarch and oatmeal.
Can soothe mouth ulcers
Some research has found that baking soda mouthwash is great for soothing pain caused by mouth ulcers. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to half a glass of warm water, and then swish around your mouth like a mouthwash.
Can baking soda be flammable?
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate is not flammable and therefore will not catch fire. In fact, it is often used to help extinguish some fires as it’s an ingredient that is also found in some fire extinguishers.
These types are known as dry chemical fire extinguishers and used to extinguish oil, grease, and electrical fires. When baking soda is heated, it produces carbon dioxide, which subsequently smothers the fire so that it is starved of oxygen.
However, using baking soda in this way is quite a rare occurrence most kitchens won’t have enough baking soda on hand to put out much more than a very small fire.
You can’t expect baking soda to extinguish larger house fires. Larger fires draw in more oxygen and can counter the effects of baking soda. As such, baking soda can be used to extinguish small oil and grease fires, but not large fires.
Can baking soda be reactive?
Baking soda can be reactive. It can combine with other chemicals to create specific reactions, such as carbon dioxide being released when combined with acids.
However, in the home or even in an industrial kitchen – you’re unlikely to mix it with anything that will cause any serious concerns.
Is baking soda combustible?
No, baking soda isn’t combustible. As a result, it won’t catch on fire under any normal circumstances.
You would need so much heat to get baking soda to burn that burning baking soda would be the least of your problems.
This means you can store baking soda pretty much anywhere in a kitchen or cupboard without any major risks.
Can you light baking soda on fire?
You can’t light baking soda on fire because it doesn’t burn, but you can mix it with other materials to create fires.
By using lighter fluid, sand, sugar, and a container as well as some baking powder, you can create what is known as a black fire snake.
However, you should always be careful when conducting experiments involving fire. Be sure to only light the sand on a safe fireproof base in a well ventilated area.
In addition to this, you should always keep water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby as an essential precaution. Remember to tie back long hair and never leave flames unattended or unsupervised.
Is combining baking soda and vinegar flammable?
Baking soda and vinegar will react when combined, but the mixture is not flammable. This simply comes down to the fact that baking soda reacts with acids and vinegar is a very weak acid.
As I discussed above, a baking soda and vinegar mixture can be used to help remove stubborn stains out of carpet. When baking soda and vinegar are mixed, they create a compound called carbonic acid - a common ingredient in cleaning products.
This reaction creates fizzing, which has been known to help break down tough stains on carpet.
To remove stains from your carpet:
Begin by spreading a thin layer of baking soda on the carpet stain.
Fill an empty spray bottle with a 1-to-1 mixture of vinegar and water and spray it over the stained area.
Wait up to 1 hour or until the surface of the carpet has dried. For tougher stains, you might want to wait longer.
Scrub the baking soda loose with a brush and vacuum the residue.
The stain should now be completely removed. If there’s some baking soda residue left on the carpet, be sure to mop it up with a damp towel.
This mixture of vinegar and baking soda can also be used to remove foul odors in your home!
How about baking powder?
Baking powder is made from an alkali, bicarbonate of soda, and an acid, cream of tartar, plus a filler such as corn flour or rice flour. It is used as a raising agent in baked goods such as cakes.
Baking powder and baking soda are not the same thing, and therefore will not work in the same way when added to a fire. Unlike baking soda, you should never throw baking powder over a kitchen fire.
This won’t extinguish the flames but instead will increase the risk of your fire getting out of control quickly.
That being said, you don’t need to worry about having baking powder in your kitchen. It won’t catch fire easily when stored sensibly.
However, to minimize the risk, just make sure that you don’t mix it up with your baking soda and try to use it as a fire extinguisher.