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Umm... no. Baking soda and vinegar is not a simple salt producing acid-base reaction as baking soda is not a base. It is an amphoteric salt effective in neutralizing both acids and bases. You might have confused it with sodium carbonate, which is a base.
The result of the reaction is carbonic acid (basically carbonated water). This is the means by which science fair volcanoes bubble over.
While likely visually exciting, I doubt the effectiveness of this remedy unless the carbonic acid is particularly effective in removing the deposits as it is more acidic than vinegar, but less stable and rapidly disassociates into CO2 and water when unpressurized. Certainly the boiling action removes all traces of CO2.
I'd say it's worth a try as it might be fun to watch, but I'm not confident in the outcome.
By Louise B. 07/29/2008
Adding baking soda to vinegar will just produce salt water. Perhaps just boiling water in the pot will do the trick. Vinegar by itself, or baking soda by itself in the water may do something, but together you are neutralizing them, and might just as well use salt water.
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