: I don't think this can be the same kind of washing soda. Washing soda
: crystals used to be added to the liquid when washing clothes, before
: washing machines were popular. (My grandmother ran a laundry where
: EVERYthing was done by hand). Washing soda crystals are certainly not
: caustic. They cause the water to be softened and it feels like silk when
: they are dissolved in it. I do not know what kind of washing soda you
: used on your German Shepherd, but the fact that he was in pain is a
: frightening thing. This should not have happend with plain washing soda.
Actually washing soda is sodium carbonate and it is more basic, thus more
caustic, than sodium bicarbonate. That is assuming you're dealing with
the same CONCENTRATION of each--ie. sort of the amount dissolved in the
same amount of water [this could get very complex if your chemistry is
shaky]. The point is this, many caustic agents aren't TOO caustic if the
amount of it is small. So, when you take a bath the water feels all nice
and "silky", just like the water your grandma used to wash clothes in. It
feels silky because the washing soda is basic. Of course, she
didn't add a whole box of washing soda to the clothes. To do so would
have caused base burns to the wash person's hands.
Some people are very sensitive to washing soda. I find it hard to work
with if I have to handle a moderately concentrated solution of it when
tie-dying (pre-soak for reactive dyes). It feels nice on my skin while it
is in the solution, but it feels horrible once they are pulled out. The
fact that this individual's German Shepherd was in pain, isn't too much of
a stretch in my opinion--it depends mostly upon the CONCENTRATION of the
washing soda. In other words, a large quantity (like the contents of a
one pound box) of washing soda added to your bath probably would be quite
irritating, but a small quantity (such as a few tablespoons) would
probably be fine. It is essentially a matter of QUANTITY.
Sodium carbonate(the main component in washing soda--READ the label) is
considered to be a moderate to strong base. Bases are considered to be
: Baking soda is not the same thing, and couldn't be used as bath crystals.
: The first liquid you add to it will dissolve it. Joy
I disagree that it couldn't be used as bath crystals. An infinite amount
of baking soda is NOT soluble in a few tablespoons of liquid. You can try
this at home yourself. Fill a coffee cup half full of baking soda. Add
one or two tablespoons of water or other fluid to it. Stir. Does it all
dissolve? Just try it.
Frankly, I think I would prefer baking soda to washing soda in my bath
crystals. But that is....... JMHO.
I am not screaming. I am not mad. I AM bothered by misinformation. I
am not flaming anyone. I am applying basic chemical principles to the
situation at hand.