You Can Make Washing Soda at Home


convert baking soda to washing soda

About a month ago I shared info on how to create your own homemade laundry detergent and fabric softener. We’ve been using this detergent since mid-February and it works great! Even though we won’t run out for months, I recently bought supplies to make another batch. This time I’m going to try making detergent with Fels Naptha soap. (I already had three bars of soap so I just needed to buy borax and washing soda).

To have a full year’s supply of homemade laundry detergent, I’m going to need to make a third batch. When I get there I’m gonna break all the rules {BWAHAHAHAHA!} and use baking soda… well… kind of…

While meandering around the world wide web checking out detergent “recipes”, I happened upon this little gem: A tutorial for making your own washing soda!

Homemade Washing Soda Tutorial

Here’s what Penny at Penniless Parenting has to say about the topic:

“The difference between baking soda and washing soda is water and carbon dioxide. Seriously. Baking soda’s chemical makeup is NaHCO3 (1 sodium, 1 hydrogen, one carbon, and 3 oxygen molecules). Washing soda’s chemical makeup is Na2CO3 (2 sodium, 1 carbon, and 3 oxygen molecules). When baking soda is heated up to high temperatures, it breaks down to become washing soda, water steam, and carbon dioxide. By cooking your baking soda, you can easily and safely get washing soda without needing to travel to far flung places to buy it, and you can make as much as you need at a time and don’t need to lay out a lot of money on buying washing soda. (If you buy baking soda in bulk as I do, you can make washing soda especially cheaply.)”

Can’t find washing soda at your local grocery store? Then click here to learn how to safely and easily convert you baking soda to washing soda.

Why Convert Baking Soda to Washing Soda?

Who would want to convert baking soda to washing soda anyway? A person with a compound problem, that’s who! Washing soda is a better ingredient for laundry detergent than baking soda. (Click here to learn why). But for some reason it can hard to find washing soda in some parts of the country. If you can’t find washing soda AND you want your homemade detergent to be it’s stain-fighting best, then honey, this is the news you’ve been waiting for!

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