Turning Baking Soda into Washing Soda

The best tutorial I found was making my own washing soda.  I didn’t even know it was possible, but because I had the hardest time finding Washing Soda I started searching for ways to get washing soda.  After I made this I found washing soda.  Go figure.

What is the difference between Baking Soda and Washing Soda?

The difference between baking soda and washing soda is water and carbon dioxide. Seriously. Baking soda’s chemical makeup is NaHCO3 (1 sodium, 1 hydrogen, one carbon, and 3 oxygen molecules). Washing soda’s chemical makeup is Na2CO3 (2 sodium, 1 carbon, and 3 oxygen molecules). When baking soda is heated up to high temperatures, it breaks down to become washing soda, water steam, and carbon dioxide.  So, the steam and carbon dioxide are released during the cooking process, leaving you with… washing soda! Penniless Parenting

What you need for this:

  • Baking Soda
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Spoon

How to make it:

  1. Heat oven to 400 F (200 C)
  2. Pour Baking soda on the cookie sheet. Flatten it out as best you can.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes, stir occasionally.

When do you know the Baking soda has changed to washing soda?

Baking Soda is a powdery, crystallized like salt and clumps together.

Washing Soda is a grainy, dull and opaque, grains separate (kind of like salt).

What cleaning recipes use Washing Soda? Here are a few.

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What products did I end up liking and making into the booklet?

I also put pages about essential oils, where to buy the products and about the cost of them and the tutorials from the original websites.

cleaning recipe booklet and labels

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Homemade Liquid Dish Soap

This is for Liquid Dish Soap made to hand wash your dishes and not for a dishwasher.  If you would like a Dishwasher Detergent Soap see Homemade Powder Dishwasher Detergent & Rinse Aid.liquid dish soap

You don’t normal use zote soap so my apologize for having it in the picture. You do how ever used Castile, Ivory or homemade soap in the mix.

What you need to make you own Homemade Liquid Dish soap:

  • 1 3/4 cup Boiling water
  • 1 TBSP Borax
  • 1 TBSP of grated bar soap (ivory, castile bar soap or homemade bar soap
  • ½ cup of water
  • optional: 15-20 drops of essential oil

How to make Liquid Dish Soap:

  1. Boil water.
  2. Mix borax and soap together in a medium bowl.
  3. Pour Hot water in the mix.
  4. Whisk until soap is completely melted.
  5. Allow to cool for 6-8 hours, stirring occasionally.
  6. Transfer into a squirt bottle.
  7. Option: add essential oil.
  8. Shake before use.

DIY Natural has a video tutorial on this recipe.

If you want to make more Homemade Household Cleaning Products look below for links to other cleaning products.

finished products

What products did I end up liking and making into the booklet?

I also put pages about essential oils, where to buy the products and about the cost of them and the tutorials from the original websites.

cleaning recipe booklet and labels

Homemade Deodorant Disks

These are great for in trash cans, diaper pails, bathrooms etc! My daughter helped me make these, she was so excited. A few notes about trying this for me.  In the directions it states 1-2 cups of distilled water.  I … Continue reading

Homemade Powder Dishwasher Detergent & Rinse Aid

I started making my own homemade laundry soap and during the time of finding a great laundry soap I came across Dishwasher Detergent.  And once you start making cleaners it’s kind of hard to stop making other things. Here is … Continue reading

Homemade Bathroom Cleaner

Amazing on bathroom sinks, mildewed tubs and tile! This works best in a squirt bottle because of how thick it is. Ingredients needed: 2/3 Cup Baking soda ½ Cup castile soap 2 TBSP Vinegar ½ Cup water Few drops of … Continue reading