Behind the simplicity of the familiar white powder known as bicarb soda lays a fascinating journey of production that involves both industrial processes and the gifts of nature.
In this blog, we explore the two primary methods used to create this versatile ingredient.
1. Solvay Process
In this synthetic method, ammonia and carbon dioxide are combined with a sodium chloride (salt) solution to form sodium bicarbonate crystals. The crystals are then heated to produce sodium carbonate (soda ash), which is further processed to create baking soda.
2. Natural Extraction
Bicarb soda can also be obtained through mining a naturally occurring mineral called trona. Trona is processed to extract soda ash, which is then reacted with carbon dioxide to produce bicarb soda.
Same process for Washing Soda! The creation of Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate) and Bicarb Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) follows similar paths through synthetic and natural methods.
Heating bicarb soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, triggers a chemical reaction that transforms it into washing soda, or sodium carbonate. This process involves the removal of carbon dioxide and water molecules from bicarb soda's chemical structure.
NaHCO3 (bicarb soda) → Na2CO3 (washing soda)
Both methods result in the production of Bicarb, but the natural mining method is often considered more environmentally friendly since it relies on existing mineral deposits and requires less energy-intensive chemical processing.
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