Washing soda is a naturally occurring compound of salt and limestone used for everyday cleaning of almost anything from floors to walls or drains to sinks. It's known by a few other names like soda, soda ash and sodium carbonate. If you make your own laundry detergent or household cleaners, you'll want to invest in some.
Where to Find Washing Soda in Stores
Many grocery stores and big box stores carry washing soda in their laundry aisle. It's typically kept with Borax - a cleansing agent often paired with washing soda to make laundry soap - and other specialty items. The washing soda may not be listed on the store's webpage, and stock in your local store may fluctuate by demand; call your local store before going down to see if they carry it and that it is in stock. A selection of stores that generally carry it includes:
Where to Find Washing Soda Online
If you're unable to find washing soda near you, or you are unable to buy the quantity that you need locally, there are many other retailers that carry it online.
Amazon carries Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda in a variety of packages, including two 55 ounce boxes for about $21. Amazon also carries Natural Washing Soda by Pure Organic Ingredients in a one gallon tub for about $30.
Bramble Berry carries their own washing soda as part of their soap making supplies. They sell it in:
- 16 ounce container for $2
- 5 pound container for $8
- 10 pound container for $12
- 50 pound container for $40
Washing Soda from Baking Soda
If you are unable to find washing soda near you, or you're waiting for your shipment to arrive, it is possible to turn your baking soda into washing soda by baking it in the oven.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Spread your baking soda out on a baking sheet.
- Place the sheet in the preheated oven and bake, stirring occasionally until the soda changes consistency, becoming coarser - about 30 minutes.
- Allow it to cool, then use it as you would washing soda.
Once you have your washing soda, you'll find it invaluable at boosting your laundry detergent, making your own detergent or cleaning hundreds of different items in your house. Stock up to make sure you always have some on hand, and find out just how useful this product can truly be.