What is Potassium Bicarbonate
Potassium bicarbonate, or potash, is an alkaline substance, which means it has a neutralizing effect on acids and acidic odors, like garlic breath, stinky laundry, or expired leftovers, but it also has mild abrasive properties that can help scrub away contaminants on kitchen surfaces, yet it's gentle enough to exfoliate skin and soften dry feet. Not bad for a kitchen ingredient, but perhaps its greatest property is that it cleans and freshens without the chemical toxicity or harsh detergents of commercial products. It comes from the Earth itself, so there's no excuse to ignore this natural do-it-all powder.
Clean water spots and calcium deposits with a potassium bicarbonate solution, wash out hair coloring with potash in shampoo, or adjust pH in formulas, solutions, or recipes. There are many uses for potassium bicarbonate, and when you're done mixing, the leftovers are easily preserved in our resealable bag with easy-open tab. It's a natural fungicide which is often used for organic gardening. Chemically, the compound is like common baking soda, (sodium bicarbonate), but the sodium is replaced with potassium, which is gentler on plants.
What does it do
It might be easier to ask what it can't do! It's great as a:
• Water Softener: Add a ¼ cup to laundry to lift stains and soften fabrics
• Pool Pleaser: Add a liberal amount of potassium bicarbonate to your swimming pool to neutralize acidic pH and clarify the water
• Mold Remover: Remove mold with a thick paste of potassium bicarbonate and water. Let it dry, then rinse