Baking soda has long and firmly taken its rightful place in any kitchen, in any housewife. Soda is used in cooking, with its help a wide variety of household items are cleaned. In addition, soda is often used in the treatment of various diseases. Soda is believed to have an unlimited shelf life. Is this really so, we will consider in this article.
How to properly store baking soda at home
The industry produces baking soda, both in paper sealed containers and in plastic wrap. In order to check the tightness of the cardboard packaging, it must be turned upside down and jogged. If soda dust appears, then the tightness is broken and there is a possibility that the soda in the package has begun to absorb moisture from the air. In this case, the soda gradually loses its properties.
Like other products, baking soda has an expiration date, which is indicated on the packaging.
What is the best way to store baking soda at home? The best option would be a dry glass or metal container with a sealed lid. After all, the main enemy of soda is moisture.
In an airtight container, it can be stored for a long time (guaranteed up to 18 months) at room temperature.
An open pack of baking soda can be stored for at least six months, but after this period, its quality must be checked. To do this, pour a teaspoon of baking soda into a plate and pour over vinegar or lemon juice. If the soda has not lost its properties, then a reaction should occur and carbon dioxide will begin to be released.
But if the soda turned out to be “exhausted”, then you should not throw it away. The abrasive properties of soda have been preserved, so it can be used as a cleaning agent without spending money on special expensive chemicals.