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Old 06-19-2010, 02:42 PM   #1
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Can't find washing soda, any substitute for Homemade Laundry detergent?

I already have borax, zote soap bar & oxyclean, I just need washing soda. I couldn't find it anywhere. I have pool supply store nearby, but I'm not sure I can use the soda ash (sodium carbonate), which everyone say the same thing as washing soda, to make laundry detergent. Can I? This is for diaper detergent too.. so I want to make sure that it wont cause rash or irritation on the skin.
Or maybe any other recipe that doesn't need washing soda?
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:59 PM   #2
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Washing soda and the sodium carbonate (baking soda) are two different things. I have used both before to make laundry detergent and you will notice a HUGE difference.
You can order all supplies to make your own laundry detergent, including the washing powder, at www.soapsgonebuy.com
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Old 06-19-2010, 03:05 PM   #3
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Here is a recipe that calls for actual BAKING SODA

16 Cups Baking SODA (can be bought in 7lb bags at walmart for use in pools, its the right stuff and its cheaper when you buy it in bulk like that)
12 cups borax
8 cups grated castile or glycerin soap flakes
3 tablespoons lavender, lemo or grapefruit essential oil

Combine baking soda, borax and soap flakes. Add essential oils and mix very well (I keep mine in a 5 gallon bucket I bought at the paint store). Use 1/8 cup per load and if you use as I just said it will last a family of 4 people a year when you do an avg amount of laundry
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Old 06-19-2010, 04:13 PM   #4
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You can buy soda ash (aka washing soda) from swimming pool and spa supplies stores. Look for sodium carbonate on stuff that might sell under the name "PH up" or the like. Cheapest way to buy it--you can ask for a big bucket of it, too.
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Did you try the grocery stores? I can only buy Washing Soda at Acme no other store or grocery carries it & it's usually on the top shelf where you can't quite see it.
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Re: Can't find washing soda, any substitute for Homemade Laundry detergent?

I actually found washing soda at ACE's Hardware so you might try your local hardware store.
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Washing soda and the sodium carbonate (baking soda) are two different things. I have used both before to make laundry detergent and you will notice a HUGE difference.
You can order all supplies to make your own laundry detergent, including the washing powder, at www.soapsgonebuy.com
actually baking soda is "sodium BIcarbonate"

washing soda is the same thing as soda ash, pH up, and sodium carbonate, so yes you can use that. i got mine in a pool supply store as well.
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actually baking soda is "sodium BIcarbonate"

washing soda is the same thing as soda ash, pH up, and sodium carbonate, so yes you can use that. i got mine in a pool supply store as well.
Sorry I meant to say BIcarbonate.... thank u
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Re: Can't find washing soda, any substitute for Homemade Laundry detergent?

Thanks for all the replies.. I'm heading to pool store tomorrow
One more question.. I didn't grated my Zote.. I chopped them and use my food processor to make it finer.. but all I got is lots of tiny balls.. I can't get it fine like powder.. but it's clumpy looking. I don't know if this is as good as it gets, my food processor didn't do a good job or what? I'm afraid that the soap won't dissolve in water.
It looks like this

and this after I mix with borax


Is this how it suppose to look like?
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it is fine , usually you do want to leave bar of soap out for a few weeks, the harder it is the finer it will mess up. that being said i almost always get bigger piece and they do not cause a problem , just do an extra rinse if you notice any thing funky the first couple of washes.
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