MadSci Network: Environment

Re: Is baking soda environmentally friendly?

Date: Thu Mar 2 10:50:37 2000
Posted By: Mark Murphy, Staff, Environmental Science Division, Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research
Area of science: Environment
ID: 951946273.En

Hi Jasmina,

I don't know how baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) acts on ice, but it should not harm most environmental ecosystems. It may actually have the benefit of neutralizing toxic phenomena such as acid rain, some pesticides, and mining wastes. It would need to be in large amounts to be effective, however. It could raise the alkalinity (resistance to change by acid) of some water bodies, but should not harm the environment.

Hope this helps.

Mark Murphy

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