Homemade Washing Soda

A common laundry detergent ingredient 🙂

Well Mother Nature, you sure had your own plan for today and I really didn’t appreciate our electricity going out because of you just as I went to go start typing my post for today!

The other day I went to go make another batch of laundry soap and found I was out of washing soda. I am about 50/50 between my homemade laundry detergent and Norwex laundry detergent … I love the no fillers for some of the sensitive skinned family members but I LOVE the price of my homemade detergent. But since I was completely out of laundry detergent altogether and I couldn’t wait for a new bag of Norwex to arrive, I made a point to run out over my lunch break the next day to pick some washing soda up.

However, to my disappointment our Target didn’t carry washing soda, WHAT?!? Now most of you would have just grabbed some other laundry detergent but of course that would be way too easy for this girl! Instead, the crazy thought “I wonder if I could make it” entered my mind (oh … Homemade Day by Day you have really created an addition here, heehee) and sure enough while standing in the laundry detergent aisle at Target I did a quick internet search and BINGO.

The initial recipe I found was from One Good Thing by Jillee but I really enjoyed Penniless Parenting‘s chemistry explanation! Now I am no chemist and I would like to do more research on this, but I did give it a try! This would for sure be a great alternative for when washing soda isn’t available.

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I’m sure there was a much more graceful way to do this 🙂

Homemade Washing Soda

2 cups of baking soda (1 – 16 ounce box)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread baking soda onto cookie sheet (preferably one with an edge). Bake for 1 or more hours until all the baking soda has turned into washing soda
I baked mine for 2 hours after dinner one evening and I am thinking I could have gone longer according to Penniless Parenting‘s comparison, but for now I am pleased! 
Cost comparison – $0.50 for 2 cups homemade washing soda vs. $1.39 store bought

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