Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, has been around for centuries.
It was first used in the U.S during colonial times when it was imported from England. In 1846, Church & White introduced the most famous brand, Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (it was initially called Cow Brand). Although it is commonly used as a leavening agent in baking, baking soda can also be used to brush your teeth, deodorize, replace toxic household cleaners and even clarify hair.
We recently received an email from a customer telling us that while she loves our products, "I will not buy your deodorant because it does not say that the baking soda is aluminum-free.”
I know there are concerns about aluminum in personal care products, but baking soda does not and never has contained aluminum.
As we began getting more and more emails asking about our baking soda, I began to wonder why all of a sudden people were worried about aluminum in baking soda.
It seems that the questioning began when some manufacturers began labeling their baking soda as “aluminum-free.” It makes sense that if one brand of baking soda is “aluminum-free,” then other brands must contain aluminum. However, that is just not true.
Another ingredient commonly used in baking, baking powder, may contain aluminum. This probably added to the confusion.
What Is The Difference Between Baking Soda and Baking Powder?
Baking soda is pure sodium bicarbonate which can be mined from natural sources or produced synthetically. When baking soda is combined with moisture and an acidic ingredient, like yogurt, honey or lemon juice, bubbles of carbon dioxide gas are released. The gas bubbles expand during baking causing baked goods to rise. Since baking soda needs an acid, if you try to use it in a recipe without an acidic ingredient, there will be no gas bubbles and no rising.
Baking powder is made up of three parts: baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), a bit of starch and a built-in acid. Commonly use acids are calcium acid phosphate, sodium aluminum sulfate or cream of tartar. The baking soda and the acid portion will react together when mixed with a liquid. When using baking powder, you do not need to add extra acid to get your recipe to rise.
Looking at the ingredients, you can see that poor Baking Soda may have received a bad rap because of its close friend, Baking Powder.
So . . . Does Baking Soda Contain Aluminum?
The answer is No!
Baking Soda does not contain aluminum. But since some brands of baking powder do contain aluminum, you may want to look for aluminum-free baking powder the next time you shop.
No need to worry!
When you try our organic deodorants that contain baking soda, they are definitely aluminum-free!