April 1, 2016
How to Make Washing Soda
Have you heard of washing soda or super washing soda? It’s a common ingredient in DIY cleaners and sold under the Arm & Hammer brand name. It’s a laundry and detergent booster, odor and stain remover. Washing soda is great ingredient to have in your repertoire.
All it is composed of is sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and water – that’s it! PLEASE NOTE: You DO NOT need water for this recipe, the baking soda already has the ‘ingredients’ necessary for the recipe – it just needs to be heated to change into washing soda. If you can’t find washing soda (it’s readily available in the US but not worldwide) or just want to try a little science experiment in your home, keep reading!
Here’s what you need to make your own washing soda:
- rimmed baking sheet or baking dish
- oven pre-heated to 425 degrees
- 2-3 cups of baking soda
Place the baking soda on your baking sheet or dish and then in a 425 degree oven. Stir 3-4 times in the hour. At the one hour mark, check the consistency of the baking/washing soda. If the consistency hasn’t changed, continue baking and check every 5 minutes until it shows a change in the consistency.
Once it has been transformed, it will have a different texture, look, and feel. When you see that that has happened, you have washing soda!
Have you ever made your own washing soda? You can use washing soda in homemade laundry soap, as an additive with your favorite detergent (use 1/4-1/2 cup per load to boost performance and up to 1 cup for heavily soiled laundry), and in a soft cleaning paste to name a few cleaning ideas.
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