I was trying to disseminate the difference of sodioum bicarbonate and sodium carbonate on wiki earlier, and just plain couldn't be bothered spending the brain energy to understand better, so I'll take your word for it. I'm still in tax season, and all the ones I'm dealing with now are the tuffies, so I gotta use my resources wisely.
But one thing I did pick up quickly reading about washing soda on wiki is that it is very popular for those who have hard water as it helps the soap work easier in your laundry, and seeing as we don't have hard water in this area and everybody is on municipaly supplied water, it may help explain why we are hard pressed to find this product stocked in this area.
Water in this area (GTA in general) has between 90 to 160 PPM particulate levels depending on what time of the year you are calculating and/or which filtration plant it is coming from, whereas "hard" water - if I remember correctly from my brief days in the water industry a few decades ago - is pretty well in the 300 PPM plus range. Mack in Brooklin is actually close to farm/rural areas moreso than I am and it would be a viable product to carry for those on well water likely. I wouldn't be surprised if this is the reason why I can't find it anywhere near where I live. Just a guess.
Last edited by Lost in the Woods; 05-16-2012 at 09:15 PM.
Washing Soda is sodium carbonate, Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate. Both are basic, i.e alkali as opposed to acidic. Both could be used to change the pH in the pool but are not interchangeable for all purposes. I believe Sodium carbonate is about twice as strong an alkali as sodium bicarbonate, and you would use gloves when handling strong solutions. Bicarb can be used as an antacid, if you are plagued with that problem, but you might get too much sodium in your diet.
It ain't the things you don't know that get you in trouble. It's the things you know for sure that just ain't so.
I worked cleaning pools and my boss always had huge bags of the stuff- perhaps try that avenue.
Finally! Found some at No Frills.
I found some at my local Loblaws. I had checked a few places before: Walmart (no), Metro (no), Frescho (formerly Price Chopper, no)