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Washing Soda Fireplace Soot Remover

Washing Soda Fireplace Soot Remover

Washing away fireplace smoke and soot, or cleaning the smoke off the glass in wood stove doors, is easy and safe using washing soda (available in the laundry section of the supermarket).

Washing soda is one of the best heavy duty cleaners I know, and an excellent substitute for powerful solvents.

Washing soda can peel wax off floors, and it isn’t recommended for aluminum, so only use on surfaces such as unpainted wood, glass or stone, that won’t be harmed.

1 bucket warm water
1/2 cup washing soda

Wash surface, wearing gloves; then rinse.

For really tough jobs, make a thick washing soda paste by mixing it with water, and then spread the paste on the soot. Keep the paste damp by spraying every hour or so with a spray bottle. Leave the paste on overnight, and then rinse. Make certain to only use this formula on inert surfaces such as glass and stone, as this amount of washing soda can peel off paint, wax, etc.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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7:53PM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Thank you for info.

7:53PM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

Thank you for info.

9:08PM PST on Mar 9, 2013

I sent this to a deserving friend who is moving where the fireplace is a mess.

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8:12PM PST on Feb 24, 2012

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3:59PM PST on Feb 19, 2012

Thank you.

1:10AM PST on Jan 22, 2012

thanks for the info

10:19PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011

On a pretty dirty brick fireplace I once used scrubbing bubbles. Worked OK but a long tedious job. I will try the washing soda on the fireplace I have now. Thanks for the tip.

2:55PM PDT on Nov 4, 2011


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