Washing soda is a naturally occurring, highly alkaline chemical compound. It’s kinda like baking soda but harsher; this makes it great for deep cleaning or heavy-duty jobs such as descaling bathroom tiles or stripping floors of wax. Its high pH level is what give washing soda its natural cleaning power, but it is also caustic. Here are just a few things you can do with Washing soda. Special thanks to Mother Earth News. Enjoy – The Homesteader’s Wife

  1. Make your own laundry detergent by mixing 2 cups baking soda with 1-1⁄2 cups washing soda, 1 cup grated castile soap and 1 teaspoon lavender essential oil. Use 1⁄8 cup per load.
  2. Get rid hard water deposits in the coffee maker by adding 1 tablespoon washing soda for every cup of water. Run it once with washing soda where the coffee grounds would normally go, then run it two or three times with just hot water to thoroughly rinse.
  3. Homemade dishwasher detergent by mixing 1 cup washing soda, 1⁄2 cup grated castile soap and 1⁄4 cup citric acid. Place a scoopful of the resulting powder in the detergent compartment of your dishwasher, and fill the rinse compartment with white vinegar.
  4. Remove hard water build up on bathroom tile by mixing 1⁄2 cup washing soda with 1 bucket warm water. Wear gloves and wash the tiled surface with your washing soda-water mixture, then rinse the surface.
  5. Fume-free oven cleaner by combining 1 cup baking soda with 1⁄4 cup washing soda (you can add up to 1⁄2 cup for extra-greasy ovens) and 1 tablespoon liquid castile soap. Add hot water gradually until you have a thick paste. Add a few drops white vinegar, then coat oven surfaces and leave overnight. Wipe off with warm water.
  6. Laundry Booster by adding 1⁄2 cup washing soda to a load of laundry to supercharge your detergent. If your washing machine has a powdered detergent dispenser, add it there if it fits. If it doesn’t fit or you have a front-loading or high-efficiency machine, your machine instructions will most likely tell you how to remove the liquid detergent dispenser and use the tray for powdered detergent. Or you can simply add it straight to the washing drum with the laundry.
  7. Clear slippery moss off walkways by sprinkling washing soda on the moss-covered surface, adding water to form a paste and then letting the paste sit for a day or two. Rinse the area with a hose to clear away the dead moss and washing soda.
  8. Clear Drains by maintaining them by pouring 1⁄4 cup washing soda down the drain every week or two, then follow with 1 quart boiling water.
  9. Tackle stubborn oil and grease stains on a concrete garage floor with washing soda. Simply sprinkle washing soda on the stains, add a bit of water to make a paste, and leave it overnight. The next day, scrub the area with a damp brush, hose the area down, then wipe it clean.