December 30th is National Bicarbonate of Soda Day, a day to celebrate the many uses of sodium bicarbonate, more commonly known as baking soda. Baking soda is a crystalline or fine powdered, water-soluble chemical compound that can be found in naturual mineral form or artifially manufatured. Baking soda has been used in various applications for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians were among the first to use it, by creating a soap-like clensing agent from natural deposits of sodium bicarbonate. Today, it is used primarily around the home, for cooking, baking, cleaning, polishing, deoderaizing, and aiding in digestion. With so many uses it’s no wonder baking soda has earned its very own day!
You’ll never catch me without a box or two of baking soda in my cabinets. As I’ve mentioned before, I love baking, so there’s no way I’d survive without a supply of sodium bicarbonate! And, as I confessed last month on National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day, we only get rid of refrigerated leftovers every two or three weeks when we go to the landfill. Thus, a box of de-oderizing baking soda is a definite must for our fridge! Indeed, baking soda is so versatile, I’m considering trying some new uses for the simple compound. Specifically, my beloved KitchenAid pots and pans are starting to get a little greasy and hard to clean, so I’m going to try celaning them with a baking soda paste after their next use. I also have a little tarnished silver I want to hunt down and try to polish (admittedly, it’s there’s not muchs, as I usually buy stainess steel for this very reason…no fancy people here!).
All of these aforementioned uses are exceedingly domestic and practical. However, in celebration of National Bicarbonate of Soda Day, Chris and I decided to utilize our baking powder for FUN! Thinking back to our grade school projects and science fairs, we created our very own erupting Mt. Neigh! We considered scuplting the volcano from leftover Play-Doh but Chris pointed out that we didn’t have that much left and we decided that, when it comes to Mt. Neigh, size really does matter. So we opted for alumnium foil as our medium and Chris used his artistry to create a mountain of a respectable size. Next, we filled Mt. Neigh with appropriate amoutns of warm water, dishwashing detergeant, and baking soda. We colored the mixture with a little raspberry flavoring and, finally, we added vinegar and watched Mt. Neigh ERUPT!