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  • Writer's picturePauline Susman

Wonderful Ways to use Washing Soda

Updated: May 3

What do you know about cleaning your home using washing soda? Not much right?! Me neither until I ended up with it in my workshop! That allowed me to deep dive into what was possible using this natural chemical. Really, It wasn’t until I discovered washing soda that I felt I could clean everything in the house using less toxic ingredients. Alongside Vinegar and Bicarbonate of Soda, washing soda is the perfect addition to my natural cleaners.

I have memories of my grandmother having a little container of washing soda next to her dish washing liquid. She would always add a little scoop of this white powder to her dishwater in order to soften it. Besides being a water softener, washing soda has wonderful cleaning uses. I’ve done some research and tested out a variety of different ways washing soda can be used. Join me in discovering the many uses of washing soda!

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What is Washing Soda?

Washing soda - also known as sodium carbonate - is in the same family as baking soda. It has just been processed differently. It is much more caustic/alkaline than baking soda with a pH of 11.

Although it doesn’t give off harmful fumes, you do need to wear gloves as it may irritate your skin. It is found in the laundry section of most supermarkets. Its highly alkaline properties make it ideal for de-greasing, brightening, and removing stubborn spills.

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Some uses of this amazing chemical...

This amazing soda cuts grease cleans petroleum oil, removes wax or lipstick, and neutralizes odors in the same way that baking soda does. A cup of washing soda powder dissolved in a liter or two of hot water works wonders on a greasy grill or oven. But don’t use it on fiberglass, aluminum or waxed floors—unless you intend to remove the wax.

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Use it to supplement your plants!