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For all the people that can't find Arm and Hammer Washing Soda, Ace Hardware will order that and Fels Naptha for you. I just did it! I have spent lots of time tracking down those products. I sure hope this helps someone.
By Joanie from Praireville, LA
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Where can I buy or order washing soda?
By Trudi from Attalla, AL
You should be able to buy the washing soda in a grocery store. Let your fingers do the walking and call some grocery stores in your area. Better to buy it locally then to order online since you would end up paying shipping charges.
Go to the Arm and Hammer website. They make this product but not all the stores carry it. You can find out what stores near you carry it.
I couldn't find washing soda in grocery stores around here but I found it at a swimming pool supply store...it is called sodium carbonate.
I can buy it in my local Walmart.
I can buy it in my local Walmart.
I can find washing soda in the detergent aisle of the grocery store. Usually on the very top or very bottom shelf.
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I live in northeast Ohio have been searching for washing soda for about a month; no stores that had it were close to me. I finally found a store by me that carries it! Go to a local Heinen's, it's $2.99 (or maybe it was $3.99) for a box (the one I got was 3 lbs. 7 oz.).
By SuzyQ82 from Willoughby, OH
Any hardware or "general store" worth it's salt should have it. Look in the laundry detergent aisle. I bought mine at Ace Hardware. They even knew I was making laundry detergent! (11/30/2010)
I just ordered on Ace hardware online! Free shipping if you pick it up at your local store! Yeah! (02/03/2011)
Where can I find washing soda?
By Robert from Dudley,NC
Washing Soda can be purchased in the detergent section of most any large grocery store. One of the members on Thriftyfun said that Ace Hardware store will special order it for you. (10/29/2009)
You can buy Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda in 55 oz. container for $6.99 from drugstore.com (10/30/2009)
You have to take into consideration if you buy on line, there will be shipping charges. (10/30/2009)
At Dollar stores, good luck. (10/30/2009)
I just bought some Arm and Hammer washing soda at a ShopRite supermarket. I've seen it in WalMart, too. (10/30/2009)
It's often sold in old fashioned hardware stores, if you can find one. Possibly even in a newer on, in the painting preparation department. It would be near TSP, tri-sodium phosphate which is for cleaning really dirty surfaces before painting, that sort of thing.You used to be able to find it with detergents and borax. No more. (10/30/2009)
Agree with MCW. It's at most big grocery/discount stores, like Wal-Mart, K-Mart, etc. Look in the detergent section in the less visible places, like down on the very bottom shelf toward the middle of the section. Companies pay to place their products in the most eye-catching locations in stores, and the washing soda doesn't seem to get that kind of promotion, so it's usually in the least desirable position. Once you know that, though, it's usually not hard to find! And of course, if you don't see it, ask.
One caution about the suggestions for online purchase. Washing soda's a relatively heavy thing to ship, and a cheap thing to buy, so any shipping costs are likely to affect the price significantly in the wrong direction! (11/01/2009)
Wal-mart and Meijer both carry washing soda, also Kroger Stores carry it if you cant find it talk to you store manager and let them know they reaqlly need to start carry it. (11/01/2009)
Meijer carries Arm and Hammer Washing Soda. You'll find it in with the Borax in the laundry aisle. If your local Meijer doesn't have it. Ask them to order it for you. They usually will special order items for a customer at no extra cost. Good luck! (11/01/2009)
I buy Arm and Hammer Washing Soda at Fred Meyers in WA state. I think they are a part of the Kroger stores. It's on a top shelf in the laundry section along with Borax (which I use in homemade dishwasher detergent.) I use washing soda for all my tough jobs, including scrubbing the bathtub, it removes oils fast and easy! I also use it on really tough cooking pans and other messes. It is the best cleaner I'm using right now! (11/01/2009)
If you have a local Ace Hardware store and they don't carry it on the shelf, you can order it online and they offer free shipping to your local store. (11/14/2009)
I couldn't find it either, but on Ebay found a place that sells it and gave details on the active ingredient....sodium carbonate. Went to a $.99 cent store and they sell Rinso Laundry Detergent which has sodium carbonate in it. Then went to Wal-Mart looking for Fels Naptha, which they don't have, but do have Zote soap which I've seen advertised to make your own laundry detergent. You can get 20 mule team Borax at most grocery stores. Saved a ton on shipping by not ordering this stuff online. :) (02/25/2010)
I have called about 50 different convenience stores in my area and found one that new what it was and carried it, but was out right now, but I also called Harris teeter (Durham, NC) and they do carry it. Some people say that Vons carries it but the closet one to me is 221 miles away, my pharmacist also said its just sodium carbonate, which is ph+ in the pool section of Walmart. It is by arm n hammer and in a big tube. I hope this may help someone out their looking for it. (06/23/2010)
I am looking for a place where I can purchase Washing soda?
By bgtwins from Springville, NY
It should be near the powdered laundry detergents. The most common brand is Arm and Hammer, but if I recall correctly, the box is a brighter yellow than their Baking Soda box. (07/25/2009)
By Mary T
You can order it from drugstore.com. A 55oz box for 6.99 plus shipping.
I also found it at Arm and Hammer on line.
Probably Walmarts or Home Depot, or most hardware stores. (07/25/2009)
Oxi-Clean has washing soda in it and makes a good substitute if you don't want to spend a lot of time looking for "pure" washing soda. Oxi-Clean's ingredient list shows washing soda under a different chemical name. When this product first came out, and I couldn't find it in this small town, online research showed the chemical name equivalents. For me, it was cheaper to buy a $5 tub of generic Oxi-Clean at Dollar General rather than spend more $ looking for washing soda-only elsewhere.
That said, thanks for all the tips y'all have posted. If it's ever available locally, I'll buy it, or just bake baking soda as one poster listed its recipe via wikipedia. (07/25/2009)
I got mine at Costco. (07/25/2009)
I buy mine in the supermarket in the laundry aisle. It's next to the Borax. (07/29/2009)
You can substitute PH Plus. Its found in the swimming pool supplies at Walmart. My Walmart only sells large boxes of regular baking soda in the detergent aisle. Guess they don't know there is a difference between regular soda and washing soda. duckie43 (07/29/2009)
I got mine at Tops in Batavia. (07/29/2009)
Call this phone number 1-800-524-1328 and have the UPC code 33200-03020. The service will ask for your zip code and then tell you places in your area that sell the item. I believe this service will locate most items if you have the UPC code number. My area said the Kroger store.
I did this and found a Kroger store near had it. (07/30/2009)
I am starting to make most of my own cleaning products and I am really enjoying it, but lots of the recipes that I have found require something called Washing soda.