Make Your Own Washing Soda (on Food Stamps!)

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Washing soda is a basic need in my house. I use it for making laundry soap and dishwasher detergent. My only issue with washing soda is that, for someone on a limited income, it costs money. Washing soda boxes also tend to take up space under my small kitchen sink and this last fall, I had a box get ruined when the sink leaked.

While it’s not expensive, I can make my own washing soda for relatively cheap, in small batches. I make just enough for what I need and then I don’t have to worry about it getting ruined. I also don’t have to worry about the cost because you buy the supplies to make washing soda on food stamps. No really. All you need is baking soda. Buy the baking soda on food stamps, make your own washing soda, and then you have more money to buy bar soaps for your laundry detergent.

Supplies to make your own washing soda

  • A cookie sheet
  • An oven preheated to 400
  • A measuring cup
  • Baking Soda (affiliate link)

Figure out how much washing soda you need and add that much plus some extra. If I need one cup of washing soda, I make a batch with 1 and 1/3 cup baking soda.

Spread the baking soda on a baking sheet in a thin layer. This isn’t rocket science, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Just take your hand and smooth the baking out.

Bake in the baking soda in the oven for 1 hour at 400 degrees.

After an hour, I check to see if it looks like washing soda. What does washing soda look like? It looks like a dull version of baking soda.

VOILA! You now have Washing Soda that you can use to make laundry soap and dishwasher detergent!


I am that crazy lady that lives in the bell tower with all the bats. I keep blogging to keep what little sanity I have left.

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