So, you are saying that I can use the regular Arm & Hammer WASHING Soda? If so, I have a bunch of that stuff already on hand.lathermaker
I agree it is necessary to make a batch and try it out before we can advise any further.
As to the lack of pool chemical, you can look for washing soda in some stores. It's not easy to find but it is out there. Or, as it has been suggested, heat regular baking soda (NOT baking powder) then use it as the soda ash. I'm not sure how long to heat it, as I have not tried that method, but chemically it's correct.
I will try a baking soda mix if I get a chance to see if that is a good option.
Yes - baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) can be baked in the oven at 200F for about an hour which will break the carbon bond and drive off carbon dioxide gas & water, leaving dry washing soda/soda ash (sodium carbonate). Unfortunately, naturally occuring sodium carbonate is really only found in arid regions and the bottom of dry lake beds.Mullers It is a seperate thread entiled I am going to keep a log
Lathermaker Yes, the arm and hammer washing soda IS the Sodium Carbonate and can be combined with the lime as i have indicated. Because it's hard to find, I have looked for alternatives for those out there. The pool chemical is one. Baking soda is a "cousin" to the washing soda. I believe it can be used, but i'll need to test it first.
If you try this method, I will be interestedin your results.
There are far more valid reasons for the method you guys presented here; the TOXICITY of commercial lye is atrocious to say the least. It is the ultimate reason for avoiding commercial lye if you ask me.Due to the restrictions being placed on