We’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m ready to start making our laundry detergent. 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. 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 problem? Most people aren’t able to find washing soda 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! Here is the “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 washing soda is! It’s a more alkaline version of baking soda. When removing the baking/washing 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.