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Does baking soda go bad?

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If stored improperly, baking soda can lose its potency and its leavening ability, meaning that it has gone bad. If it is properly stored in a dark, dry location in a sealed container, baking soda has an indefinite shelf life.

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Baking soda is one of the most versatile items people can have in their household. In addition to its primary uses as a leavening agent for baked goods and as an odor absorber in refrigerators, baking soda has innumerable other uses:

  • Combined with vinegar, baking soda can work to unclog drains
  • Mixed with water to form a paste, it works as a salve for burns or insect bites
  • Sprinkle on a surface covered with snow or ice to improved traction and melt snow without causing damage to the surface or shoes
  • Adding a small amount of baking soda to a damp sponge can remove coffee and tea stains from cups.

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