Sodium carbonate: properties and uses

Sodium carbonate: properties and uses

Il sodium carbonateknown as laundry soda, is a particular sodium salt of carbonic acid which boasts some interesting characteristics. Not surprisingly, theNa2CO3, this is its formula, is widely used in industry, but also in the self-production of detergents and household cleaning products. Here it is extremely versatile and advantageous, both from a hygienic and an economic point of view.

But exactly what soda ash is used for?

Now let’s see how and why to use it at home and find out what the difference is between sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate, another great protagonist of ecological household cleaning.

What is soda ash?

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What is soda ash? As we have anticipated, it is essentially a sodium salt of carbonic acid.

Its appearance is somewhat reminiscent of its more famous cousin, baking soda. It does indeed have a color biancosometimes slightly brown and comes in the form of dust odorless.

So how does it differ from baking soda? Although they have some properties in common, the two products differ in essential points. Sodium carbonate is in fact more corrosive and alkaline than bicarbonate, and – even more importantly – it is not suitable for food use.

That said, this natural remedy is very useful in cleaning the house, as it represents a non-polluting, economical, easy to use and effective ingredient to optimize the housework.

Sodium carbonate, properties

Sodium carbonate
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The laundry soda, used above all for its whitening, detergent and sanitizing capabilities, is capable of eliminate bad smellsit is useful for removing grease from surfaces thanks to its degreasing power and, as if that were not enough, it has a very low cost and is considered an ecological product.

A point in favor of laundry soda, as in the case of bicarbonate, lies in the fact that with a single natural ingredient it is possible to clean different objects and surfaces, so it will prove to be an excellent multipurpose ally.

You can use the soda ash in the washing machineyou can use it to clean floors, to sanitize ovens and stoves and also to neutralize bad odors.

But let’s see in more detail how to use this particular product.

Sodium carbonate, uses

As already seen, there are many uses for laundry soda. Below we will see more closely how to exploit the beneficial properties of this green remedy.

Use it for washing dishes and bottles

Dishes soiled with grease, glass bottles greased with oil, dirty grills: soda ash can clean everything effortlessly. You can use the product directly on the surface to be washed, or you could dilute it in water. For degrease dishes and dishespour a small amount of powder on the sponge and wash normally.

Per wash the bottlesdilute the sodium carbonate in water and pour it all into the container to be washed, leave it to act for a few minutes and rinse well with clean water.

For it stubborn dirtleave the pots and bottles to soak for 30 minutes, then proceed with the usual washing and rinsing.

Sodium carbonate in the washing machine

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You can also use laundry soda in the washing machine or to pre-treat clothes. In the first case, pour 2 tablespoons of soda ash and 2 tablespoons of coarse salt for each liter of water. Alternatively, add a spoonful of product to the washing machine soap, in order to optimize washing, eliminate the smell of sweat and other bad smells, sanitize clothes thoroughly.

It is also useful in the bathroom

A mix of soda ash and water could help you disinfect the bathroom. Pour the powder onto the surface of the toilet, then scrub with the mop and run some water to finish it off. In a few minutes, the bathroom will be sanitized and disinfected.

This solution will also be suitable for cleaning the shower box, while to clean the mirrors and windows you could dissolve a tablespoon of laundry soda in a liter of water, spray the product and rinse after wiping with a special cloth.

A friend in the kitchen

As the sodium hydrogen carbonatethis is the name of the well known baking soda, also soda ash can be used to wash stove, oven, barbecue and sink.

To do this, simply combine a spoonful of powder in a spray bottle with a liter of water, mix everything and use the product with a cloth to clean the kitchen surfaces.

Use it to wash floors

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Per clean tiles and floors, including concrete ones, soda can prove surprisingly useful. As usual, just dissolve 3 tablespoons of product in a bucket with 5 liters of water, wash the floor as normal and rinse.

When not to use it

There are surfaces unsuitable to be treated with soda ash. The product should not be used, for example, on wood, in the bathtub and on more delicate fabrics.

Then, some people use laundry soda as a softener, but it seems that the product is not suitable for this purpose, so it will be better to opt for other natural remedies.


In general, when used correctly this product is considered harmless to health as well as environmentally friendly. However, it is essential to pay attention to the fact that it cannot be ingested, so remember that it is not possible to make a food use of sodium carbonate.

This means that this natural remedy will need to be kept away from food and even children, who may accidentally eat it.

It is important to avoid contact of the product with eyes, as it may cause severe irritation. It will then be essential to wear gloves before handling the laundry soda during cleaning and to wash your hands thoroughly after each use.

Where do you buy soda ash?

You can find soda ash in different formats by browsing the various online shopping sites.

The product can also be purchased in detergent shops, in some supermarkets and in household goods shops.

As you can see, the price of soda ash it is very low, so it is an affordable, easy to use and indispensable multipurpose ally for your home.

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