Today I learned: Baking vs. Washing Soda


The difference between BAKING Soda and WASHING Soda is one sodium atom and 1 Hydrogen atom. Baking soda is Sodium Bicarbonate (NaHCO3) whereas Washing Soda is Sodium Carbonate (Na2CO3). That molecular structure makes Washing Soda more receptive and allows it to scrub more thoroughly.

Additionally, Baking Soda has a pH of about 8 (slightly alkaline) whereas Washing Soda has a pH of about 11 (so alkaline it’s caustic) which is why you should NEVER bake with washing soda. (Don’t ask how I found out.)

Tyler Hogan is the head of curriculum development at Bright Ideas Press. He lives in Dover, Delaware, with his wife, Helen, and their adorable daughters, Kaylee, Avalon, and Sierra. He and Helen are both homeschool graduates and now homeschooling parents. Tyler has spoken, performed, and taught classes around the world on homeschooling, geography, the arts, and worldview . He also works as the operations manager for Grace for Dover, a nonprofit Christian community development organization. In his “spare time,” he teaches homeschool co-op classes, reads good books, drinks tea, overanalyzes movies, and writes about himself in the third person. He has a BA in theatre from Belhaven University and always enjoys the adventure of lifelong learning.

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