The Wonders of Washing Soda

It wasn’t until I discovered washing soda that I felt I could clean everything in the house using less toxic ingredients.

I stumbled upon washing soda because I needed to peel old wax off a floor. Washing soda worked for this, as it did for cleaning up engine oil, and other tough materials that people generally use solvents.

Washing soda—sodium carbonate—is in the same family as baking soda. It has just been processed differently. It is much more caustic/alkaline, with a pH of 11, and while it doesn’t give off harmful fumes, you do need to wear gloves. It is found in the laundry section of most supermarkets. Arm & Hammer is one brand; Shop and Save has a generic house brand.

Washing soda cuts grease, cleans petroleum oil, removes wax or lipstick, and neutralizes odors in the same way that baking soda does. Don’t use it on fiberglass, aluminum or waxed floors—unless you intend to remove the wax.

Click here for a washing soda soot remover.

ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER
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.

By Annie B. Bond

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rogers6 months ago

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Jeanne Rogers6 months ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rogers6 months ago

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Jeanne Rogers6 months ago

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rogers6 months ago

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Naomi Dreyer
Naomi D2 years ago

First time hearing about 'washing soda' Thanks.

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Alexandra G.
Alexandra G4 years ago

soda, vinegar, lemon - great cleansers

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Elisa F.
Elisa F4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Aud Nordby
Aud n5 years ago

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Terry Vanderbush
Terry V6 years ago

thanks
amazon.com does carry washing soda

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