Pharmaceutical, food or household bicarbonate?

What are the differences ?

Gebhard Sophie

You may have already wondered what differentiates pharmaceutical , food or even household bicarbonate.

These three baking soda differ depending on their use and quality: 

  • The "technical" bicarbonate is intended for household products. It is easily and inexpensively found.
  • “Food” baking soda is used in cooking and for body care.
  • “officinal” or “pharmaceutical bicarbonate is considered more pure and is only for medical use. It makes up certain drugs.

But can we use edible baking soda in home care products? Is it possible to cook using household baking soda? In this blog post, we tell you all about these three bicarbonates.

Household baking soda


Also called technical bicarbonate , the latter comprises the same concentration and the same molecules as food bicarbonate. However, it is considered less "pure" . Therefore, it should absolutely not be consumed. It is also recommended to wear gloves because it can be irritating. It is mainly intended for products for thehome maintenance, for gardening or DIY. However, you can also use it to clean your vegetables, especially to get rid of pesticides. 

Where can you get household baking soda ?

In any supermarket you will find the brands Starwax or Briochin.

Food bicarbonate


Food grade bicarbonate is 100% ecological and non-toxic . It can be used for various purposes: gardening, home, laundry, cooking but also for body and oral hygiene products . For the kitchen, he will accompany you for the preparation of your dishes and to raise your preparations, but also during the dishes.

Dietary baking soda is also great for improving digestion and relieving heartburn. It is also recommended in oral care to improve breath or even whiten teeth. You can also use it as a natural cosmetic as part of dry shampoo or deodorant.

We can say that it is a magical product !

Where to get it ?

It is sold in supermarkets, especially in the grocery store.

Pharmaceutical grade bicarbonate


This product is 100% mineral and natural . It is the bicarbonate that is considered to be the purest and of the best quality . Its manufacture includes additional actions such as analyzes and more advanced refining steps than the other two bicarbonates. Therefore, it is more expensive.

Mainly for internal use, you don't have to worry about using it. You can also use it for the body or for baths bou ations.

Where to find it ?

You can get it at a pharmacy.

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The baking soda that we use!

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And you, do you use this product in your daily products ?

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