I know I’m pathetic, and I need to get a life, but I have to admit I felt a little twinge of excitement when I learned that you could make your own washing soda. I found this recipe on Pinterest, it came from Penniless Parenting.
Seriously!!! I did not know you could make your own washing soda! I definitely did not pay enough attention in chemistry class! (Sorry Mr. Minor!!!)
Why am I so excited? (okay, “excited” is really too strong a word, more like “intensely intrigued”)
It’s cheaper to make your own!!!
AND… It’s super easy!!!
AND… It only has one (1) ingredient!!! Baking Soda.
Um… like I said, I didn’t do so hot in chemistry class, so I will let Penny from Penniless Parenting tell you, in her own words, the difference between baking soda and washing soda…
“The difference between baking soda and washing soda is water and carbon dioxide. Seriously. Baking soda’s chemical makeup is NaHCO3 (1 sodium, 1 hydrogen, one carbon, and 3 oxygen molecules). Washing soda’s chemical makeup is Na2CO3 (2 sodium, 1 carbon, and 3 oxygen molecules). When baking soda is heated up to high temperatures, it breaks down to become washing soda, water steam, and carbon dioxide.”
Thanks Penny, for breaking that down for us!
DIY Washing Soda
Fill baking pan (I used a 9×13 cake pan) with 1-2 cups of baking soda and bake at 400° for 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the amount you use. Make sure to stir a few times during baking time. You will know the baking soda has turned to washing soda by shining a flashlight on it (or looking at it in sun light). If it looks dull and does not reflect light, then it has turned to washing soda. If it still looks sparkly, like sugar or salt crystals, then it is still baking soda. Washing soda is more granular, while baking soda is more powdery.
The easiest way to remember which is which…
Dull = Washing Soda
Sparkly = Baking Soda
So easy, right?
And while we are on the subject of cleaning, (and this has nothing to do with washing soda, and I have no idea what made me think of this…)
I’ve got one little tip to share…
Do you use Brillo pads to clean your pots and pans?
If you use them like I do, you know that you can only use them one or two times before they start to rust. So annoying!
Just cut them in half.
Not only will you sharpen your scissors in the process, but your box will last longer too. If you are feeling especially fugal you could cut the pads into fourths, and you would have Brillo pads indefinitely!
So there’s my little tip, and don’t judge me ’cause I can’t stay focused on one thing at a time! I’m scatter brained, okay?
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