Herbal Katie Home Remedies / What are Sodium Carbonate and Sodium Bicarbonate?

Sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydrogen carbonate (also known as baking soda) is the chemical compound with the formula NaHCO3. Sodium bicarbonate is a white solid that is crystalline but often appears as a fine powder. It is found dissolved in many mineral springs. Sodium Carbonate (also known as washing soda, soda crystals or soda ash or “Soda Carbonate”), Na2CO3, is a sodium salt of carbonic acid. It most commonly occurs as a crystalline heptahydrate, which readily effloresces to form a white powder, the monohydrate; and is domestically well known for its everyday use as a water softener. It has a cooling alkaline taste, and can be extracted from the ashes of many plants.