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    Default Washing soda vs baking soda in laundry detergent.

    Washing soda is sodium carbonate, baking soda is sodium bicarbonate.

    Has anyone tried to use baking soda in a clothes washing detergent mix such as

    Borax, Washing soda, Fels-Naptha mixed with water and replace the washing soda with baking soda?

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    Some do but say it isn't as effective.

    I have heard some who can't find washing soda--I found mine just yesterday at Krogers--use cheap oxyclean type cleaner as it has sodium carbonate in it.

    Maybe you should check out different recipes and message boards to see about it yourself.

    Good luck--I plan to make my first batch today or tomorrow. Hope it turns out!

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    if you want to make sodium carbonate from sodium bicarbonate

    turn the oven on get a cookie sheet. bake the dry baking soda for a while. as the sodium bicarbonate decomposes into sodium cabonate and water, it will become dry and fluffy, kind of granular looking.

    again, is this worth the PIA factor? are you really saving money?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ladykemma2 View Post
    if you want to make sodium carbonate from sodium bicarbonate

    turn the oven on get a cookie sheet. bake the dry baking soda for a while. as the sodium bicarbonate decomposes into sodium cabonate and water, it will become dry and fluffy, kind of granular looking.

    again, is this worth the PIA factor? are you really saving money?
    You do if you don't have to bake that is for sure.

    I can make 2 gallons of soap for $1.16 rounding up a little more than 1 cent a load plus my time.

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    Baking soda is good to use in the laundry..it softens the water and helps with oders in the clothes. I've made my soap both ways and can't really say which was better because we just had average dirty laundry..meaning no greasy dirty work clothes.

    Vinegar is excellent to use in the rinse cycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladykemma2 View Post
    if you want to make sodium carbonate from sodium bicarbonate

    turn the oven on get a cookie sheet. bake the dry baking soda for a while. as the sodium bicarbonate decomposes into sodium cabonate and water, it will become dry and fluffy, kind of granular looking.

    again, is this worth the PIA factor? are you really saving money?


    I am looking at it from a survivalist point of view, than just frugal. If washing soda may be out of stock I may have some baking soda.

    Thanks for the great info.

    Wish someone made a low priced one of these.


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