One Product – One Hundred Uses: Baking Soda’s 167 Year History

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In 1846, New Englanders Austin Church and John Dwight first prepared a product that would become a household name: bicarbonate of soda — that is, baking soda. Church and Dwight’s first factory was the kitchen of the latter’s home, with baking soda packed in paper bags by hand.

A year later, in 1847, John Dwight and Company was formed. Dwight’s saleratus, “aerated salt,” adopted the Cow Brand as its trademark (owing to the use of sour milk with saleratus in baking). The standard package of the product weighed one pound.

Due to its popularity among consumers, Dr. Church saw a growing need and demand for baking soda. He developed larger production facilities and formed a partnership, Church & Company, with his sons, James A. Church and E. Dwight Church. They trademarked their product under the brand ARM & HAMMER™.

In 1896, the descendants of Austin Church and John Dwight consolidated their interests under the name of Church & Dwight Co., Inc. Baking soda is now found in nearly every kitchen in the country, regarded as a necessity by millions of American consumers.

Of course, baking soda is no longer confined to the kitchen. It is used throughout the house, in every phase of housekeeping and personal hygiene. ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda, which was first prepared in a New England village, now is used the world over.

Today, this one product has over one hundred uses. It’s pure, natural, safe, useful, effective and probably the most often used alternative to dangerous chemicals. Next time you think you need to buy a special single use product – ask yourself, “Will baking soda do the job?” Good chance the answer will be YES! Here’s a list to start you off with. For more, just google uses for baking soda or check out THIS LINK.

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