This was one of those calls from my daughter. She was baking something and I think she really knew the answer already. No! You can’t!
Baking soda and baking powder are both used as leavening agents when baking. In other words, they help batter rise. Baking powder actually contains baking soda, along with cream of tartar. Baking soda is actually Sodium Bicarbonate, a salty substance which reacts with acid in a batter causing bubbles that help with the rising process.
If you do not have baking powder, you can mix 1/4 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar to get 1 teaspoon baking powder.
If you do not have baking soda, there really is no substitute.
Did you know that baking soda can be used for various things.
- I put a few spoonfuls in my kitchen drain and garbage disposal, then pour in a little vinegar. It will bubble up and clean out the drains.
- You can use it on your toothbrush if you are out of toothpaste.
- I mix it with salt and use it as a scrub for tea and coffee stains in coffee mugs.
- Mix with a little water to make a paste and apply to bee stings or insect bites.
- Put an open box in the refrigerator to absorb odors.
- Pour some in your bath to soften skin.