How to Make Washing Soda

How to Turn Baking Soda Into Washing Soda with One Ingredient and One Hour - Clean Mama

Have you heard of washing soda or super washing soda?  It’s a common ingredient in DIY cleaners and sold under the Arm & Hammer brand name.  It’s a laundry and detergent booster, odor and stain remover. Washing soda is great ingredient to have in your repertoire.


Super Washing Soda

All it is composed of is sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and water – that’s it!  PLEASE NOTE:  You DO NOT need water for this recipe, the baking soda already has the ‘ingredients’ necessary for the recipe – it just needs to be heated to change into washing soda.  If you can’t find washing soda (it’s readily available in the US but not worldwide) or just want to try a little science experiment in your home, keep reading!

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Here’s what you need to make your own washing soda:

  • rimmed baking sheet or baking dish
  • oven pre-heated to 425 degrees
  • 2-3 cups of baking soda

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Place the baking soda on your baking sheet or dish and then in a 425 degree oven.  Stir 3-4 times in the hour.  At the one hour mark, check the consistency of the baking/washing soda.  If the consistency hasn’t changed, continue baking and check every 5 minutes until it shows a change in the consistency.

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Once it has been transformed, it will have a different texture, look, and feel.  When you see that that has happened, you have washing soda!

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Have you ever made your own washing soda?  You can use washing soda in homemade laundry soap, as an additive with your favorite detergent (use 1/4-1/2 cup per load to boost performance and up to 1 cup for heavily soiled laundry), and in a soft cleaning paste to name a few cleaning ideas.

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DIY Laundry Scent Booster

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Everyone loves clean and fresh smelling laundry, right?  Just walk down the laundry aisle at your favorite big box store and you’re quickly overwhelmed with the scents and options to make your laundry ‘smell clean’. The scent additives don’t really do anything other than add scent, so why not make them yourself? Today I’m sharing a simple DIY recipe for a Laundry Scent Booster – it’s cheap and easy to make and perfect for adding your own personal scent to your laundry routine.  Best reason to make it?  It’s natural and doesn’t contain any artificial fragrances or ingredients.

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Laundry Scent Booster

  • 1-2 cups epsom salt (depending on how much you want to make)
  • 20-30 drops essential oil – I love lavender and lemon for this recipe
  • mason jar (is available in Clean Mama Home!  You can find the aqua bar mop cloth pictured here.)

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Measure epsom salt into a bowl, add 20-30 drops essential oil and stir to combine.  Let it air dry for a bit and then transfer to a mason jar for storage.

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To use: Add 1 tablespoon of the Laundry Scent Booster directly to the washer and wash as usual.

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I love this for sheets and towels – it adds a subtle, clean scent.  If you mix it up and find that you need more scent, simply add a couple more drops of essential oils to your jar, stir, and keep using.

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Epsom salt will completely dissolve in water and is just the ‘vehicle’ to get the scent into your laundry – it may also add a little softening as well.  And this is a MUCH cheaper option for boosting that scent.  How’s that for clean laundry?

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Modern Day Homekeeping : For the Love of Laundry

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Oh for the love of laundry!  Laundry seems to be a hot homekeeping topic.  I think it’s because everyone has their own system for laundry and not many people love to do the laundry because it’s such a process.

Some commonly asked questions and my answers:

  • When do you do laundry?  The key is to take at least one load of laundry from dirty to folded and put away every day.  You might think that you’re too busy to try this method but I think this method could surprise you.  Am I saying that this is the only way to do laundry?  No, but if you struggle with finding time to do all the laundry and can’t seem to get the laundry from the dryer to put away, you might want to try it.  If you work outside of the home it’s a surprisingly easy way to simplify the task.  Put a load of clothes in at night and set your machine (if you have the option) to run at 4 or 5 am.  Put those clothes in the dryer right away when you get up and fold before you leave or in the evening before bed.
  • Do you have help from other family members?   Yes.  Every one that’s able to folds and puts away their own laundry.  Teach them young!
  • Do you schedule your laundry?  I wash sheets and towels on Saturdays and the rest of the week I find the most full or urgent basket in the house and wash it every day.  You could easily choose a family member for each day of the week and fill in with sheets and towels and other household laundry.
  • Do you wash whites and colors together?  For brights I always wash anything new by itself but for my kids’ clothes I wash them on cold and toss everything together.  This is a great way to simplify the laundry process.
  • Do you make your own laundry soap?  Yes, here’s my homemade recipe.
  • How can I clean my washing machine?  I clean my washing machine with white vinegar (here’s a post on how to naturally clean any washing machine with vinegar) but it’s recommended by most appliance manufacturer’s to wash them with bleach.  Here’s how to do that.
  • Why do my clothes and towels smell musty?  It’s really important to not let clean laundry sit in the washer for long.  Put the clothes in the dryer as soon as possible.  It’s also important to clean your washing machine regularly – I recommend once a month.
  • Is there a way to simplify the laundry process?  Yes!  Doing one load of laundry every day (the ultimate laundry simplifier), use smaller baskets so your loads aren’t as overwhelming, streamline your wardrobe – less clothes = less laundry.  Include other family members in the process.  Buy all the same socks so you don’t have to sort and match socks.

Want to read more about my thoughts on laundry?   The Right Way to Do Laundry  And don’t miss my FREE laundry printable!

I’ll share some of my favorite laundry products next week!  Any laundry questions or tips you’d like to ask or share?  Leave it in the comments!

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DIY Homemade Cleaners: Laundry Detergent

Making your own cleaners can be fun and economical.  This series is all about must-have ingredients, recipes {free printable}labels {free printable}, and how to make homemade cleaners. I hope it’s giving you some ideas for how you can simply make your own cleaners at home!  Moving down the list, today I’m sharing how to make a GREAT powdered laundry detergent!

I’ve experimented quite a bit over the last few years with different homemade recipes for laundry detergent.  To be honest, I’ve never been happy enough with a detergent to switch to a homemade version – until now.  I still use liquid detergent occasionally but I love this recipe – it fully dissolves (huge plus) in an HE machine, softens without fabric softener (you can add about a quarter of a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle or fabric softener dispenser if you feel like it needs a little softening), whitens, smells divine, and CLEANS!  Ready for the recipe and easy step by step?

Powdered Laundry Detergent

  • 1 bar castile soap (grated) – I like Dr. Bronner’s Citrus bar soap (great scent)
  • 2 cups Borax
  • 2 cups super washing soda
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 30 drops essential oils (equal parts lemon and clove essential oils)

Mix all ingredients and put in a air-tight container – I use an Anchor Hocking glass container from the big box stores – love them for all types of storage.  Use 1 Tablespoon per load.  This recipe fully dissolves at all temperatures.

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