Usually do-it-yourself projects help you to save money. Who doesn’t like to save money. I enjoy making my own laundry detergent. For one reason I know what’s in it – no dyes, no scents, no unnecessary chemicals that might harm my home and family, plus its so inexpensive. One of the ingredients I use is Washing Soda.
Washing Soda is a water softener. It’s stain-removing capabilities are also important in making laundry soap. Washing soda is sodium carbonate. Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. They are similar sounding and even have most of the same chemicals, but are very different. Although washing soda is not always easy to find, you can find baking soda at any grocery store usually in the baking aisle.
When you expose baking soda to high heat over an extended period of time, it loses water and carbon dioxide and becomes washing soda.
That all sounds very scientific. How do I do this? Its very simple. I bake it.
I spread some baking soda on a shallow cookie sheet and bake it for thirty minutes at 400 degrees F. During this time it releases the water and CO2 (carbon dioxide) and changes to washing soda. At this point do not use it for your baking recipes, but add it to your detergent recipe.
These 2 photos below show the difference in appearance.
Maybe this should be taught in Home Economics or Chemistry classes in school? What’s your opinion?