Washing Soda (Soda Ash)
Also known as Sodium Carbonate, Soda Ash is used in laundry products to soften water and increase the effectiveness of soaps and detergents. Also used to de-scale and clean coffee pots and in other cleaning products. Soda Ash is also used in many other processes, including glass making, textiles as a dye bonding agent, and in some food applications. Soda Ash is naturally derived.
Washing soda is related to baking soda but has been processed differently. With a pH of 11, washing soda is highly alkaline, which makes it an effective solvent for a wide range of stains. It’s safe to use and doesn’t give off any harmful fumes (though you may want to wear gloves when handling washing soda, because it can cause minor skin irritation.)
Regular Solution: Dissolve 1/2 cup of washing soda in 4L of warm water.
To help dissolve heavy stains on cotton or linens, you can soak them in a solution of warm water and washing soda. This process can help remove stains made by grease, blood, ink, tea, coffee, and more! Just fill a bucket or your sink with warm water, add 1/2 cup or so of washing soda, and give it a stir. Once the washing soda starts to dissolve, add the stained clothes and let them soak for an hour or two (or even overnight, if needed.) Remove the items from the washing soda solution and wash as usual.
One of the most popular ways to use washing soda is as a water softener in your laundry. The washing soda competes with the calcium and magnesium ions in the water, which helps prevent the minerals from binding with the detergent and your clothes. Add 1/2 cup of washing soda to your wash load, then add the amount of detergent recommended for soft water. (This can also help prevent limescale buildup on the inside of your machine, which will help extend its lifespan!)
Washing soda can help make some of your toughest cleaning tasks easier. Use regular solution to clean your oven.
Pots, Pans, & Cookware
You can use washing soda to help dissolve tough food messes in pots and pans, and it works like a charm! Just add a couple of tablespoons of washing soda and a small squirt of dish soap to the pot, pan, or dish, then fill it with hot water and let it soak.
Use washing soda to keep your cutting boards fresh and clean. It’s quick and easy, and doesn’t leave residues behind so it won’t affect the taste of your food. Use a damp sponge and a regular solution of washing soda to scrub the cutting board clean, then rinse thoroughly.
Baths, Sinks, & Showers
Use a regular solution of washing soda with a sponge or scrub brush to scrub your bathtub, sink, or shower clean. Washing soda will help to cut through soap scum, greasy residues, and limescale!
Sprinkle a handful of washing soda into your toilet and flush it. The washing soda will help clean and freshen your toilet bowl, while also preventing blockages. You can also use a washing soda solution to soak and clean your toilet brush!
Upholstery & Carpets
Washing soda is great for spot cleaning carpet stains (including tricky ones like wine stains!) Dab upholstery with a regular solution to eliminate stains and refresh fabrics. It’s always a good idea to test fabrics for colorfastness in an inconspicuous area first!
Use washing soda to clean out your indoor and outdoor trash cans. Use a regular solution with a sponge or scrub brush to give the inside of your garbage cans a good cleaning and remove dirt, grime, unpleasant smells, and anything else that’s lurking at the bottom.
Silverware & Silver Jewelry
Washing soda can help you restore shine to your silverware and silver jewelry! Soak your silver in a regular solution of washing soda for about 15 minutes or so. The tarnish will melt away before your eyes! After soaking, rinse the items thoroughly and buff with a clean microfiber cloth.