How to make your own Washing Soda using Baking Soda

I make my own laundry detergent and have been doing this for several years now.  My daughter has very sensitive skin so before I started making our own laundry soap I had to be super careful what laundry detergent we bought.  It had to be free and clear and even then she would break out in hives or rashes from time to time.  Once I learned all the HORRIBLE chemicals that were in store bought laundry detergent I set out on a mission to make our own that was safe for my daughters skin.  I’m happy to say that the laundry recipe I use know has not caused one issue on her sensitive skin!  If you want the recipe on how I make our laundry soap it is here –> Homemade Laundry Soap

To make this laundry soap I have to use Washing Soda.  I started by buying it already done at the store but then realized that I could save money by making it myself with just a few simple steps.  I’ve been turning my baking soda into washing soda ever since!  I buy baking soda in large bags at Sams Club or Costco because I use baking soda in everything from my shampoo to all my household cleaning!

how to make your own washing soda

Here’s how to make the Washing Soda:

  1. Take a shallow pan that has sides and fill up the whole bottom of it with baking soda.  *Try to cover the whole thing but do not make it really deep or it will not heat up throughly*
  2. Turn your oven on to 400 degrees and bake the baking soda for about 45-60 minutes.
  3. You will notice the texture changing to a more grainy dull appearance.  Once this occurs, your washing soda is complete!


  1. Oh my gosh who knew? I have been buying it and baking soda which in hindsight seems silly. Thanks so much!

  2. What a great tip! I never knew this. Hello from Healthy Happy Green & Natural.

  3. Wow, I had no idea! I have been looking for ways to make my own laundry detergent. Thanks for sharing. Pinning to our Small Victories Sunday linky board. I hope you link up some more great posts with #smallvictoriessunday again this week, the new linky is live!

  4. Great idea! Thanks for sharing at Back to the Basics for Tuesdays with a Twist!

  5. What a clever solution for a very common problem! I plan to do this immediately! Thank you for sharing this natural, green, toxin free laundry powder solution on the a Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it.

  6. Great idea!
    Thanks for sharing your post at the HomeAcre Hop!


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