I contacted Church & Dwight (makers of Arm & Hammer) and asked the difference between the two. This is their reply:
ARM & HAMMER® Super Washing Soda is 100% sodium carbonate and is used as a
laundry booster and general household cleaner. ARM & HAMMER® Baking Soda
is 100% sodium bicarbonate and has a myriad of household cleaning, personal care, and deodorizing uses, as well as being a leavening agent.
It is important to note that these two are two distinctly different products and cannot be substituted for one another. (06/27/2007)
Thanks for the information.
Now what is the difference in the box we use for the frig and the other we consume? (06/27/2007)
Editor's Note: Bicarbonate of Soda or Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda) can be used in baking, for an upset stomach and for the refrigerator. It's good for many cleaning uses.
Washing soda Sodium Carbonate is NOT edible, is caustic and is good for laundry and some cleaning mixtures (not for the refrigerator).
Daroyal, if you would like a homemade easy "tarnish remover" try mixing together baking soda (or washing soda which ever you please) with boiling water, about a 1/4 cup of the "soda" per 1 litre of water should do, but remember to submerse the silver fully, then leave in for about 10-15 minutes (05/05/2008)
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