The Uses for the Super Washing Soda

Super Washing Soda is mostly a naturally occurring mineral called sodium carbonate, and in its purest form is sold by Arm & Hammer. As a caustic agent, it has immense cleaning, freshening and brightening power, with the ability to cut through stains such as grease and oil, wax from candles and crayons, and even removes paint whether you want it to or not. Though an excellent cleaning agent, it does not disinfect.

  1. All-Purpose Cleaner

    • Use Super Washing Soda as an all-natural, all-purpose cleaner around the house by mixing half a cup of washing soda with 1 gallon of water. An empty and thoroughly washed milk jug works well, or a 1-gallon pickle or mason jar. Mix by stirring or shaking. Clean bathrooms, kitchens, floors (not wood) and windows to remove stains and grime. Dip a rag or mop in it and go.

    Laundry Detergent

    • Use Super Washing Soda as an ingredient in homemade laundry detergent in powder or liquid form. Powdered laundry detergent takes 1/2 cup of laundry soap flakes -- which can be hard to find -- 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup Super Washing Soda and 1/4 cup borax. Mix ingredients thoroughly and use half cup per laundry load. Make liquid detergent by mixing 1 cup bar or laundry soap shavings, 2 cups boiling water, 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda and 1 gallon of lukewarm water. Melt the soap shavings -- which you can make with a cheese grater -- in the boiling water then combine all ingredients in a 5-gallon bucket and stir well. Use 1/4 cup of liquid detergent per laundry load.

    Dishwashing Detergent

    • Use Super Washing Soda in your dishwasher. Combine 2 cups borax and 2 cups washing soda. Mix in a 32-oz.or larger lidded container, and add 2 tbsp. of the powder to your dishwasher's detergent dispenser before washing.

    Caution

    • Always wear gloves when handling washing soda or cleaners containing washing soda because it is highly caustic and a known skin irritant. Be sure also to keep it locked away from kids and animals. Never use it on aluminum or painted surfaces, including aluminum pots and pans in the dishwasher. If in doubt, test a small hidden area and make sure no reaction occurs.

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