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Finding a Substitute for Washing Soda

October 18, 2010

I'm making homemade laundry detergent, but can't find washing soda. What can I use instead?

By heather from Brooker, FL

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October 20, 20100 found this helpful
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I've found you can get washing soda at a swimming pool supply store, look for "sodium carbonate" that is washing soda.

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April 3, 20133 found this helpful
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You can use baking soda in place of washing soda by baking it below is the explanation on how to do it.

The difference between baking soda and washing soda is water and carbon dioxide. Seriously. Baking sodas chemical makeup is NaHCO3 (1 sodium, 1 hydrogen, one carbon, and 3 oxygen molecules). Washing sodas 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.

The process is really simple. Just heat your oven to 400 F (or 200 C), sprinkle some baking soda on a shallow pan, and bake it for about half hour, until it changes composition. You should also stir it up occasionally, just so that it bakes more evenly.

The process is really simple. Just heat your oven to 400 F (or 200 C), sprinkle some baking soda on a shallow pan, and bake it for about half hour, until it changes composition. You should also stir it up occasionally, just so that it bakes more evenly.

Baking soda is powdery, crystallized like salt, and clumps together. Washing soda is grainy, dull and opaque, and is separate grains.

Hope this answers your questions.

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January 10, 2017

This is a page about making your own washing soda. If you can't purchase washing soda and you need some, it is easy to make by heating some baking soda in the oven.

Bottle of Sodium carbonate.

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