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How To: Turn Baking Soda Into Washing Soda

Having a hard time finding washing soda?  Do not buy it online unless you can find it for under $4 a box for 56 oz.

baking soda washing soda

Or you can use this simple trick to turn your baking soda into washing soda.  Baking Soda is “sodium bicarbonate” and washing soda is “sodium carbonate.”  Slowly cooking the baking soda causes the chemical reaction to turn it from bicarbonate to carbonate.  Here’s how its done:

  1. Preheat your oven to approximately 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Pour a box of baking soda onto a baking sheet, spread evenly over the pan and put it in the oven.
  3. Bake the baking soda for 60 minutes. It usually takes anywhere from 45-75 minutes just to assure that the chemical reaction is complete.  You will be able to see the difference in the two sodas.
  4. After pulling the baking sheet out of the oven and letting it cool, store the washing soda in an airtight container. The washing soda can turn back into baking soda if it’s exposed to air for too long of a time.

That’s it!  Pretty cool and cheap way to get washing soda if you cannot find it at your local store!

How To: Homemade Toothpaste – Why Make It and How much Money Can it Save You?

I make my homemade toothpaste to ditch the ingredients I do not like in commercial brand toothpaste.  Not to mention it helps remineralize your teeth to rebuild cavities and soft spots, fights plaque, naturally whitens, and is great for treating sensitive teeth.

The ingredients I look out for and that are found in almost every store bought brand of toothpaste are:

Sodium fluoride

o   Listed as a toxic ingredient for ingestion and inhalation.  It can affect the heart and              circulatory systems in high doses.  I know there is a lot of debate on the subject and            whether or not it is beneficial for your oral health but I stay away from it if I can.

o   Yes it is said to aid in the mineralization of your teeth, but I can do that with my                  toothpaste with natural, not chemical ingredients.

Glycerin

o   There are many different types of glycerin.  You may not know what kind is in your            toothpaste, because the type is never stated, and some may be natural and same may        be chemically created.

o   I do use vegetable glycerin all the time in shampoos and soaps, but I don’t recommend      for toothpaste.

o   The debate on glycerin is that it prevents minerals from coming in contact with your            teeth.  Glycerin actually coats them with a thin layer that prevents minerals you put in        your mouth throughout the day to interact with your teeth.  It is extremely hard to              rinse off.

o   So if you want glycerin on your teeth or in your toothpaste, use it after you use this            toothpaste

Also, I use coconut oil, xylitol, and bentonite clay in my homemade toothpaste recipe, so check out those blogs on why these are beneficial products that all help with certain areas of your oral health.

Recipe:

  • Baking Soda                                        1.5 cups
  • Coconut Oil                                         1 cup
  • Distilled or Boiled Water                    1/2 cup
  • Xylitol                                                   1/2 – 1 cup
  • Salt – Sea Salt                                       3/4 tsp
  • Essential Oils                                       25-40 drops
  • Bentonite Clay                                    4 T.

Mix first six ingredients up until incorporated, then add in your bentonite clay at 1 tablespoon at a time until you reach your desired consistency you may end up using more or less depending on your preference.  Store in a glass container for up to 6 months, DO NOT use metal containers they can corrode from the baking soda.  To brush your teeth, just scoop out of container and brush as normal, use same amount you are accustomed to.  Makes about 32 oz by volume of toothpaste.

If you are used to normal, commercial brand toothpastes, the taste and texture can be a little displeasing at first, but it is a taste that can be aquired after about a week or so.

Cost Savings:

Below is a MS  Excel spreadsheet I created to show the cost savings of making your own toothpaste.  I compared making the 32 oz batch recipe above to purchasing Colgate brand bulk pack I found cheapest at Sam’s Club.  This shows that you can save minimally $1.17 per 8oz tube if you make your own. If you purchase a more expensive brand for sensitive teeth and whitening, this will save you a lot more per tube, upwards of $8.70 over Sensodyne.

Excel Sheet I created to show cost savings8