Its main use is as an alkalising ingredient; it increases the pH when added to a liquid. In combination with Citric Acid it makes the basis for all fizzy bath products; such as bath bombs ( bath fizzies) and bubble bars. The reaction between the citric acid and bicarbonate in the water produces the carbonate bubbles, and when you have added ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphoacetate (SLSA) then a fine foam is generated.
The ECO concious (green) consumer has also been using this for many household application areas as the humble sodium bicarb has a miriad of uses; from a mild scrub to odour neutraliser.
Sodium bicarbonate (Bicarbonate of Soda) is a compound with the chemical formula NaHCO₃. Sodium Bicarbonate is supplied as a crystaline white powder.
Colourless crystals or a white, crystalline powder;
Sodium Bicarbonate (Bicarbonate of Soda)
||Sodium Bicarbonate anhydrous
|| 2.16 g/cm³
||Water 90 g/L (20 ºC)
soluble in water, soluble in ethanol (96%)
other names: Sodium hydrogen carbonate; Baking soda