Where To Buy Arm And Hammer Super Washing Soda
Thanks! Been, making my own for years but finding the washing soda has become more challenging as supply seems to not be keeping up with demand and the shelf is more often empty than not anymore. Now I can buy that huge bag from the bulk distributor and make it. Awesome!
where to buy arm and hammer super washing soda
Though borax and washing soda are chemically quite similar, they each have their own specialties. Because of the shape of their molecules, they have slightly different properties that make them useful in a number of different ways.
I stopped into a local pool supply store and picked up 10 pounds of soda ash for $1.89 per pound plus tax. The product is identical in all ways to washing soda because, well, sodium carbonate is just sodium carbonate.
Even at $5 per pound for washing soda, making your own laundry detergent is still incredibly cheap. But why pay more for washing soda when soda ash is so much cheaper? You can order soda ash from Amazon. A 5-pound quantity costs about $13 plus shipping, or save big on a 50-pound bucket for around $35. Or just find a store that sells swimming pool supplies in your area.
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!)
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!
Mix up a strong solution of washing soda, about 1 cup of washing soda dissolved in 1 gallon of hot water. Use the solution and a sponge to scrub down your vinyl shower curtain and shower curtain liner. The washing soda solution will help remove soap scum, mildew, and unpleasant smells.
You can also wash your vinyl shower curtain liner in your washing machine. Just place it in your washing machine, along with a couple of clean bath towels and 1/2 cup of washing soda. Run a gentle cycle, then hang to dry.
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.
Washing soda can be harder to find. It is sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) which is a little different from sodium bicarbonate, which we all know as baking soda. Washing soda is also known as soda ash. When you look to buy washing soda for laundry, you can get nearly the same thing from a pool supplier, but there CAN be a slight difference. This is where label reading and chemistry come into play.
If you buy washing soda or soda ash from a pool supplier, you are most likely getting an anhydrous form of the compound -meaning it does not have water molecules attached to the Na2CO3. When you buy washing soda/soda ash for the laundry, you are often getting the decahydrate or monohydrate (just think of it as how many water molecules are included) form of the compound that may also contain optical brighteners, salts for water softening, and sometimes fragrance.
I did the borax/washing soda concoction for a while. At first it was hard to find the stuff in the stores and upon asking the store clerks they would just give me weird looks not knowing what I was talking about. Alas I had a break through at a local Kroger. I found mine on the very top row at the end of the aisle. At walmart it can be found at or near the top of the shelves at the end of the aisle near where they keep the dyes, bleach, etc.
I get Borax at my local King Kullen (I'm located on Eastern Long Island, but they're located throughout Long Island, NY) and washing soda at Stop & Shop. Both are in the laundry isle near other laundry additives and usually on the top or bottom shelf. Also, Borax has changed their box: it's now white with red print and a thin light green strip at the top and bottom of box. Sorry, I don't have a picture, but will get one asap. Good luck.Jennifer
Walmart in my city no longer carries borax or washing soda. They also have stopped carrying amonia and fabric dyes. The employee I spoke to said he had been told they are considered too dangerous!!!! But they still sell drain opener and bleach. What's up with this?
washing soda and borax are completely different products, and you need them BOTH in order to make your own detergent or cleaners. Washing soda is in the same family as baking soda, but it is just sodium carbonate, not sodium BI-carbonate like baking soda.
I found borax at my Walmart today, but no washing soda. In fact I've done a search with my zip code and NO one carries it. In fact I spoke with the grocery manager at Kroger and it wasn't even in his catalog for him to order. I live in a large suburb of Dallas, Tx. So tell me, what is wrong with this picture?
Stores will only carry what people buy. If very few people in your area buy washing soda, it's not going to be stocked by stores. Your best bets are Soapsgonebuy.com as Mur suggested or use a site like Amazon. The habits of consumers change and you can talk to the manager of your store, but it's unlikely that corporations will carry a product for very few people in brick and mortar stores. Online it's easier as they don't take up the same shelf real estate.
Thank you Heather for your reply. This morning I got a little curious, but that is my nature. I put in several zipcodes, even the zipcode where my sister in law did find the washing soda and the website said no stores carry it. I think something is wrong with the website, so I am going to call Arm and Hammer this morning and talk to a person, I hope. I did look on Alice.com and was going to order it there, but you have to order 6 or more items. Right now, I'm living on a limited butget and just need the washing soda. Have a GREAT day.
It's going to vary from region to region. I was recently talking to some people from my Bi-Lo, higher up in the food chain than the local manager. While I had his ear, I asked what the possibility of getting whole fat yogurt would be, since that's the main reason I have to make a side trip to Publix. He made a call and the reason is they can hardly sell the organic version much less the whole fat organic version which is the only supplier they have. It's not worth it for Bi-Lo to buy a case of yogurt to take up space in the refrigerated section and go bad. The same principle applies to the washing soda and borax. If only one or two people buy it, it's not worth the valuable shelf space when so many better selling consumer goods can be stocked.It kind of stinks for those of us who DO use the products, and if enough of us ask, eventually it will be worth the space, but most of my acquaintances already think I'm off my rocker, they aren't going to buy whole fat anything or make their own detergent. ?
Know where about in niagara region of Ontario which stores carry washing soda? Google maps is showing closest home hardware and Home Depot stores in Toronto. Canadian tire does not carry it here. Found borax at Walmart in pharmacy section. Really want to use washing soda instead of laundry detergent which does not do a good job.
In Canada, Home Hardware also sells their own brand of borax, a 2 kg box costing $5.49 + tax. See their website, under item #4510-274. The Arm & Hammer washing soda is item #4527-273. Support your local Home Hardware which keeps these traditional items in stock!!! (I do not have any personal or family connections to the ownership or employees at Home Hardware.)
One of the ingredients in our homemade detergent for both standard and HE washing machines, Super Washing Soda is not always easy to find. And when you can find it, it can be pricey. Super Washing Soda is a brand name for sodium carbonate (which is NOT edible and should NOT be confused with sodium bicarbonate, which is baking soda).
Neither is detergent. You need soap or detergent to kill bacteria and attacked basic dirt. Both powdered bleach and washing soda should be seen at additives or boosters to make your soap or detergent work better. Hope that helps. 041b061a72