Baking soda – that same yellow box you use in your fridge to keep odors at bay – is a great laundry additive. It’s a gentler, greener approach to cleaner, brighter, softer clothes. In fact, it’s the second-best product (distilled white vinegar is #1) for getting your laundry clean without harsh chemicals.
So, without further ado, here’s how to use baking soda in your laundry.
Remove Laundry Odors
Baking soda is a great odor eliminator as it kills bacteria and absorbs odors. In the laundry, a ½ cup of baking soda added to the wash cycle boosts your detergent’s cleaning power to effectively kill bacteria for noticeably fresher smelling clothes.
Boost Bleach’s Whitening Power
If you use chlorine bleach, it may not be doing its job effectively if your water’s pH levels are out of whack. A half-cup baking soda added to every ½ cup bleach will help regulate the water’s pH levels so your bleach can work better.
If you don’t use bleach, adding a half cup of baking soda to the washtub before adding clothes will boost your detergent’s cleaning power for whiter, brighter clothes. Just don’t add baking soda to any of your machine’s automatic dispensers.
Baking soda is a natural mineral that effectively softens fabrics and keeps detergent from redepositing on clothes in the rinse cycle. A half-cup added to the rinse cycle is a greener way of softening clothes without all the harsh chemicals and perfumes that can cause skin irritation and harm to the environment.
Clean An Iron
If you iron, you know how frustrating using a dirty iron can be. The good news is cleaning that starchy buildup is a cinch when you use baking soda.
Simply make a paste out of baking soda and water. Using a soft cloth, apply the paste to the cool faceplate of the iron. Scrub in small circles until all the buildup is removed and then wipe it all away with a clean, soft cloth dampened with distilled white vinegar.
Excess suds in the washer weren’t a real problem until the new high-efficiency washers took the market by storm. With these models, keeping suds to a minimum is a top priority. If you consistently use regular laundry detergent rather than high-efficiency detergent in your HE washer, you may experience excess suds in the wash cycle.
If this happens, immediately turn the unit off. Sprinkle baking soda over the suds to break them up quickly. The baking soda will absorb much of the moisture, making cleanup much easier.
As you can see, baking soda is a great product to have on hand in the laundry room. It not only boosts the cleaning power of your detergent and bleach, but it also cleans irons and controls suds, too. If you’re looking for a greener way to clean your clothes, consider adding baking soda to your laundry routine.