I was talking with a friend who lives in the Carribbean and I remember getting stuck on the word "baking soda" as in "Baking soda is a useful thing to have in the house."

Google translate has given me: bicarbonato de sodio. Is there another less technical translation?

I can imagine this being regional. When I lived in Puerto Rico, we often got away with saying the English word, just "Dame el baking soda." Certainly, the box was in English.

Example: What is "baking soda" called in a Mexican grocery store?

  • Bicarbonato de sodio, bicarbonato sódico, bicarbonato de sosa o simplemente bicarbonato.
    – roetnig
    Mar 27, 2019 at 21:50

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In Spain it is sold as bicarbonato sódico:

bicarbonato sódico

Usually people just call it bicarbonato because that's the only type of bicarbonate you're ever going to talk about (unless you are a chemist).

Another user wrote a now-deleted answer saying that in Costa Rica they call it bicarbonato too:

As a native Spanish speaker from Costa Rica, when people refer to "baking soda", they just say bicarbonato, and it is inferred that the person is referring to bicarbonato de sodio:

Voy a ir a la tienda a comprar bicarbonato.

  • Nice answer @walen . I learned something new today.
    – Amit Verma
    Mar 29, 2019 at 5:32

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