The Baking Soda Controversy Industry

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The natural form of baking soda is called natron which was used in ancient societies. For example, ancient Egyptians used natron as a cleaning agent as well as mummification. Natron was brought over to the U.S. in colonial times from England however it wasn’t until the mid 1800s that “natron” began being manufactured (Soda Ash) and sold as baking soda. Since then baking soda has taken on many roles in our daily lives. Salt brine, a source of NaCl, and limestone, a source of calcium carbonate, are processed using the Solvay method to produce soda ash, or sodium bicarbonate. First the brine is concentrated through an evaporation process. Next sodium hydrogen carbonate is formed through the thermal decomposition of the limestone. Next is the process…show more content…
Some say that is fairly safe to consume while others believe it is not. The FDA approves of all food coloring products before they are produced for human consumption. It is a slightly hazardous skin irritant but is approved for human consumption as long as it is certified by the FDA.Clorox Bleach was first introduced in 1913 in San Francisco by a company then known as the Electro-Alkaline Company. In 1928 the company hit the San Francisco stock exchange and formally changed their name to the Clorox Chemical Company. The company survived through the great depression however sales plummeted during WWII due a shortage of chlorine gas. Since the late 1970s the Clorox Chemical Company has expanded and now distributes its bleach products to over 100…show more content…
It is also corrosive to the skin and can cause permanent skin damage. The product should not be ingested or inhaled as it can cause irritation and has corrosive effects on the nose, throat, and respiratory system as well as to the mouth, throat, and stomach. This product can aggravate medical conditions in those with chronic respiratory disorders such as asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema.Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner is a cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing product for toilet bowls produced by Reckitt Benckiser, Inc.. The active ingredient in this cleaner is hydrochloric acid. The large scale production of hydrochloric acid for commercial use is almost always in a chlor-alkali facility. The complete synthesis includes the electrolysis of a salt solution to produce chlorine, sodium hydroxide, and hydrogen. Pure chlorine and hydrogen gas can be re-combined to form hydrogen chloride gas. There are also many other methods for producing hydrochloric acid including the heating of concentrated sulphuric acid with sodium chloride.Like most cleaning products, Lysol toilet bowl cleaner is dangerously corrosive to the eyes and skin and can be harmful or even fatal if swallowed. The product can cause chemical burns and even blindness. It can cause respiratory tract irritation and can cause chemical burns in the mouth, throat, and stomach if swallowed. Prolonged

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