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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beloved Sisters!
You may recall, in my post, “The Love of Doing Laundry,” I mentioned that most of the homemade detergents I found call for something called “Washing Soda.” I had never even heard of it prior to this search.
“In domestic use, [washing soda] is used as a water softener in laundering. It competes with the magnesium and calcium ions in hard water and prevents them from bonding with the detergent being used. Sodium carbonate can be used to remove grease, oil and wine stains.” (Wikipedia).
I could not find any washing soda in the stores in which I shop. But I learned that it is very easy to convert baking soda into washing soda just by heating it.
1. Spread one pound box of baking soda over a baking sheet.
2. Put the baking sheet into an oven and set temperature to 200 degrees F. Bake for about an hour.
That’s it! I just add it to the wash and it makes the water very soft. Try it and see if you notice the difference.