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Baking Soda (Basel)

Can someone please tell where in Basel (I live close to the main Bahnhof) I can buy some Baking Soda (NOT Baking Powder, I know this is easily obtained)???
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Old 27.04.2009, 13:50
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Re: Baking Soda (Basel)

Any Migros or Coop sells "Natron". Try that.
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Old 27.04.2009, 13:51
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Re: Baking Soda (Basel)

Go to a Migros. Among the baking ingredients shelves you will find 'Natron' (bicarbonate de sodium) in a 20g pack for CHF0.50.

Or at Coop, it comes in a set of 3 tiny packs.
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Go to a Migros. Among the baking ingredients shelves you will find 'Natron' (bicarbonate de sodium) in a 20g pack for CHF0.50.

Or at Coop, it comes in a set of 3 tiny packs.
i've seen little 5 sachet packs of 5g each in coop, brand name oetiker i think. it'll be in the confectionery section. have a good nosey there.
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Re: Baking Soda (Basel)

So funny! Had exactly the same issue last week... my dreadful german skills totally bemused the co op cashier!! She ended up giving me a bag of breadcrumbs!!
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Old 24.07.2009, 14:16
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Re: Baking Soda (Basel)

I'm looking for HUGE amounts of baking soda. well not huge, but certainly more than 3 packets I heard it's a great cleaner and since the drain cleaner i've been using doesn't seem to work well, and is environmentally-unfriendly, i wanted to give the baking soda+ vinegar solution a shot. But i've not been able to find anything more than the 3 measley packets at Coop! Does anyone know where i can get a bucket of it for cleaning purposes (not food grade)?

p.s: I'm based in Zurich.

THanks in advance!!
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Old 25.07.2009, 02:18
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I'm looking for HUGE amounts of baking soda. well not huge, but certainly more than 3 packets I heard it's a great cleaner and since the drain cleaner i've been using doesn't seem to work well, and is environmentally-unfriendly, i wanted to give the baking soda+ vinegar solution a shot. But i've not been able to find anything more than the 3 measley packets at Coop! Does anyone know where i can get a bucket of it for cleaning purposes (not food grade)?

p.s: I'm based in Zurich.

THanks in advance!!

In this thread ( All Purpose Flour equivalant ), the suggestion is made to visit the chemist (pharmacist / apothecary) to get large quantities of baking soda. They'll probably more familiar with calling it "bicarbonate of soda" or "natron" as the packets for baking are labeled.

Good luck!
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Old 25.07.2009, 02:33
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Re: Baking Soda (Basel)

There is a store called Fenwicks, their address is Missionsstrasse 15a, near Spalentor. They have Arm & Hammer baking soda there.
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In this thread ( All Purpose Flour equivalant ), the suggestion is made to visit the chemist (pharmacist / apothecary) to get large quantities of baking soda. They'll probably more familiar with calling it "bicarbonate of soda" or "natron" as the packets for baking are labeled.

Good luck!
Drugstores here are one of the great things about Switzerland. Almost anything you can dream of can be had there. Something like sodium bicarbonate should be in stock, other things like stearic acid or powdered Prussian Blue might have to be ordered.

My experience had been that they get a kick out of filling an order like this. And it's usually cheaper than you'd expect.
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Re: Baking Soda (Basel)

Thanks everyone for all your helpful replies! I'm now ready to go into a drugstore (i hope by that you mean an apotheke?) and ask for sodium bicarbonate! Hope they don't look at me strangely hehe...
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Re: Baking Soda (Basel)

I think it's the Drogerie not the Apotheke that sell it. I also need some. I bought a big box back from Australia, cause i love cleaning with it and it makes cakes etc, rise up like a dream. Good luck!
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Re: Baking Soda (Basel)

I am getting a bit concerned - the type of soda crystals used for clearing drains (caustic) is not to be confused with bicarbonate of soda that is used to make buns rise!
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Re: Baking Soda (Basel)

I found some Sodium Bicarbonate in an Indian store in Zürich - under 2CHF for a large pot.
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Re: Baking Soda (Basel)

Is there any chinese store around your place? I've seen that at the chinese store in zurich. It's in a big tin!
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Old 10.06.2010, 17:12
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I'm looking for HUGE amounts of baking soda.

p.s: I'm based in Zurich.
These guys can sell all types of soda you as much as you need.

http://www.solvaychemie.ch/uebersich...857-4-0,00.htm
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I am getting a bit concerned - the type of soda crystals used for clearing drains (caustic) is not to be confused with bicarbonate of soda that is used to make buns rise!
They are the same thing! http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodiu...edirected=true Aside from cleaning and baking, it's also very helpful for a sour stomach.
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They are the same thing! Aside from cleaning and baking, it's also very helpful for a sour stomach.
Caustic soda will make a hole in the stomach. Not at all helpful I would say.

Here is some chemistry 101

Caustic soda NaOH (will dissolve fats, clean oven and drains)

Washing soda Na2CO3 (In detergents, used as a milder cleaning agent)

Baking soda NaHCO3 (the one for baking bread!)
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Re: Baking Soda (Basel)

I never heard about caustic soda (NaOH) used to clean the drains. It's... well... too caustic for that. They were referring to more generic soda with vinegar, the word "caustic" I believe, was used in mistake.
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Re: Baking Soda (Basel)

Back to OP original posting.

Baking Soda is Bicarbonate of Soda, as per the contents listing. I used to buy it by the 1/2 kilo in Ireland, cheap. In London in those 100 gram little plastic tubs, 100 gram 60pence.

I am sure have seen it in the supermarkets here, but dont believe have had to buy yet.

It is good cleaning product, my mum used to line the base of her oven, to soak up spillage, then ease to clean off.

I use it to rinse my bras, as had alergy years ago and Doctor said the easiest way was to rinse bras it in that, rather than going through a million eliminations to determine the cause.

It is also used in some toothpaste. I use it occasionally on my teeth, but too often. Lifts the tea/coffee stains
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Re: Baking Soda (Basel)

Concentrated solutions of NaOH (aka lye, aka caustic soda) turns fat and other lipids into soap. Most clogged household drains are clogged by fat and other lipids. This isn't a super fast process, but in the US I have used Drano and it has never let me down when dealing with an entirely clogged drain.

Slow running drains are actually harder to fix chemically - it just tends to run by without dissolving enough of the clog. However, it will also dissolve your skin if given time (we are, after all, made out of lipids) and probably isn't a very green solution.

The non-chemical approach to clogged drains tends to be messier and trickier, but is probably greener than any chemical strong enough to dissolve clogs reliably.
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