Just because something is the “expected” use for an item does not mean that it is the only use. Baking soda is a perfect example. As a cooking aid, baking soda is considered a “leavening” agent. In other words, baking soda can be used to help bread rise. Often mistaken with baking powder, baking soda does not help breads and cakes rise but does give them form without significant altering the taste. Many people also know that baking soda can serve as an odor absorber, but it has other uses as well, such as the ability to put out a fire.
Baking soda is made primarily of a compound called sodium bicarbonate. This compound is a base, and it reacts to acids. When there is a fire, baking soda reacts with the oxygen in the fire to create carbon dioxide and extinguish the fire.
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