It comes out of the ground in the form of minerals nahcolite and trona, which are refined into soda ash (a.k.a. calcium carbonate), then turned into baking soda (a.k.a. sodium bicarbonate), among other things.
Yes! Baking soda and bicarbonate of soda are the same thing, just with different names.Baking soda tends to be the American name, while in the UK and in Australia it is usually called bicarbonate of soda.
The difference between baking soda and washing soda is water and carbon dioxide. That’s it! When baking soda is heated up to high temperatures, it breaks down to become washing soda, water steam, and carbon dioxide.
It depends on the recipe but probably not. Since they aren’t the same thing you aren’t going to get the same results by substituting one for the other. Washing soda is better for cleaning and removing stains from laundry and baking soda is better for removing odors and neutralizing acids
Though washing soda and borax are often used in household purposes (mainly for cleaning), they are not the same. Both of them are used as laundry boosters. Many households uses borax as a catalyst while washing soda as the main cleaning agent.