Washing Soda: All-Purpose Cleaner

A chemical neighbor of baking soda, washing soda (sodium carbonate) is much more strongly alkaline, with a pH around 11. It releases no harmful fumes and is a far safer heavy duty cleanser than a commercial solvent formula. Because I am chemically sensitive, there were so many things I just couldn’t clean until I discovered washing soda. It cuts grease, cleans petroleum oil, removes wax or lipstick, and neutralizes odors in the same way that baking soda does.

This terrific all-purpose cleaner formula is one you will stick with for a lifetime.

All-Purpose Cleaner (Fantastic Cleaner)

1/2 teaspoon washing soda
2 teaspoons borax
1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent
2 cups hot water

Combine the washing soda, borax, and soap in a spray bottle. Pour in the hot water (it will dissolve the minerals), screw on the lid, and shake to completely blend and dissolve. Spritz every 6 inches or so of surface once or twice, wiping off the cleanser with a rag as you go. For tough dirt, leave the cleanser on for a few minutes before wiping it off. Shake the bottle each time before using.

Shelf Life: Indefinite

Storage: Leave in a labeled spray bottle.

Adapted from Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond (Three Rivers Press, 1999). Copyright (c) 1999 by Annie Berthold-Bond. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Adapted from Better Basics for the Home by Annie Berthold-Bond (Three Rivers Press, 1999).

11 comments

Fiona T.
Past Member 4 years ago

This is more eco-friendly

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Lydia Price

You didn't mention rinsing. Is it necessary? I would assume this would leave a sticky film with the detergent mixed in with it.

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Cheyenne Thunderbird

Before I had many cats I had to be very much known about the detergents because some kill cats. Now I can use whatever and the baking soda looks like better. The usual wahing soda is too strong in homes.

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Terry Vanderbush
Terry V4 years ago

PS Amazon.com carries washing soda

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Terry Vanderbush
Terry V4 years ago

thanks

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Marcia Machado
Marcia Machado6 years ago

Thanks

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John S.
Past Member 6 years ago

I thought Borox was a cleaner in and of itself.

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Mari Basque
Mari 's6 years ago

What about freshly squeezed lemons? I love the smell of lemons! Add some lemon, lime or even orange into the water?

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Bente S.
Bente S7 years ago

Will check this out!

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Peter Billington
Peter B7 years ago

i believe in washing soda to great stuff with many uses like vinger has.

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