Does Baking Soda Soften Water?

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Baking Soda is sodium bicarbonate. It can be used to soften water, but is not as effective as sodium carbonate, aka Wash Soda. Both compounds interact with hard water minerals Magnesium and calcium, by joining with them to form solids of Magnesium Carbonate and Calcium Carbonate which settle out of the water.
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