How To Make Washing Soda – The Easy Way

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We’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m ready to start making our laundry detergent, so I’m sharing how with you how to make washing soda.
How to make washing soda

I’ve been so excited to get started: looking up all kinds of recipes, getting the ingredients in order, etc.

The one thing that has been bugging me is the need for washing soda.

It’s Different From Baking Soda

Not to be mistaken for baking soda, washing soda seems to be a very important part of making your own detergent. Without it, the recipes just don’t work.

The Big Problem With Washing Soda

The problem? Most people aren’t able to find it in their local stores. You can order it online, but why would you do that?

It ends up making a simple, inexpensive thing into something difficult and costly.

But there is a solution: you can make your own washing soda.

It’s simple! No, seriously. I was shocked at how simple this was to do. 

Here is the Washing Soda Recipe:

Buy a box of baking soda
Spread the baking soda on a cookie sheet
Bake in the oven at 300 degrees for 1 hour

And that’s it! That’s all it takes to make washing soda!

It’s a more alkaline version of baking soda. When removing the the soda from the sheet, use gloves.

Because the process makes the soda more alkaline, it could irritate your skin, so you want to be careful with it.

Now you have that coveted washing soda needed for your homemade detergent. Frugal Upstate has a great recipe for homemade powdered laundry soap and HillBilly Housewife has one for liquid detergent. Want to make homemade dishwasher detergent? Check out The frugal find’s recipe here.

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  1. 5.18.12
    Amiyrah said:


    that’s what i said! I can’t get baking soda so cheap and I can bake it at night during off peak hours to save even more. Please share this post with your frugal friends. The world must know! lol

  2. 5.17.12
    linuxnewbie said:

    Holy Moley!
    And washing soda is so expensive when it’s bought in the grocery stores!
    It’s great to know that I can “bake” cheap baking soda (which I can buy in bulk) instead.

  3. 5.21.12
    HS @ Our Debt Blog said:

    How funny! I blogged about this last week LOL