Locating Washing Soda & a Coupon

Washing soda is an ingredient in many homemade cleaning products. It is called for in homemade laundry detergent, and dishwasher detergent. Back in March, when I first started making my own laundry detergent, I looked for washing soda and was unable to find it. I wrote to Arm & Hammer to locate the nearest store that carried it. There was no response. Does that mean no local stores carry it?

I substituted baking soda in larger quantities in the recipes, but the two really aren't interchangeable. Baking soda is Sodium Bicarbonate and washing soda is Sodium Carbonate. In researching about these, it seems the easiest way to explain the difference is that the baking soda acts as a water softening agent and the washing soda acts as a cleaning agent. I was happy with the laundry detergent recipe using baking soda, but was not as happy with the dishwasher detergent. I did find though, that the dishwasher detergent is excellent for scrubbing my flat top stove, the kitchen and bathroom sinks.

I finally found Sodium Carbonate in the pool supplies at a local store. It is a pH increaser and is labeled as such in the pool supplies section. I'm still experimenting with it, but I can say it seems to improve the dishwasher detergent.

Then I get a letter from Church & Dwight (the parent company of Arm & Hammer) out of the blue. They have started to offer the Super Washing Soda directly. It is not available from their website, and there was no mention of whether it would be in the future. You can order it by calling them them Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST at 800-781-7529. First time orders receive a 25% discount by using code CHDW.

I haven't ordered any yet since I just purchased some at the store, but will probably go this route when my current supply is gone, especially in the winter months when pool supplies will not be as readily available. Hope this is helpful to you too!

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