That small box of baking soda you have is a great and inexpensive way to remove odors from clothes, boost detergent and bleach performance, soften clothes, clean an iron, and control detergent suds. Baking soda is also safe to use in both standard and high-efficiency washers. It is considered one of the top two best products (including distilled white vinegar) to green your laundry by reducing your usage of cleaning with chemicals.
1. Reduce and Remove Laundry Odors
Body odors on our clothes and linens are created by bacteria. Bacteria is removed when laundry detergent molecules break up the bacteria on the fabrics. It is then flushed away. However, one of the less expensive detergents that don’t contain the hard-working enzymes to tackle bacteria need a boost to work even more effectively!
Baking soda can just do the trick. It helps regulate the pH level in the washer’s water by keeping it from becoming too acidic or alkaline. You can do this by adding ½ cup of baking soda to each laundry load. Detergents can work more effectively and reduce bacteria by adding the baking soda.
To handle those heavier odor issues, such as underarm perspiration or environmental odors like smoking, you can dissolve 1 cup or 2 cups of baking soda in some warm water. Fill the washer tub or a large sink with cool water and add the baking soda mixture in. Put the clothes with the heavy odor and allow them to soak overnight and then wash as normally after.
Garments that need refreshing but not washable can be placed in a sealable container such as a storage tub with an open box of baking soda. Leave the clothes in the container for 24 hours to help remove the odors. Longer if needed.
2. Boost Detergent and Bleach Performance
Bleach is used to help remove odors and general grime within our clothing. By boosting the bleach performance, you can use less bleach to achieve the same results and saving yourself some money and the impact of bleach on the environment. All you need to do is add ½ cup of baking soda along with ½ cup of bleach. This will help regulate the pH level in the water, so bleach can work more effectively.
You can do the same with detergent. The dry ½ cup of baking soda should be added to an empty washer tub before the laundry is added. Do not put the baking soda in a washer’s automatic dispensers.
3. Natural Softener for Clothes
Adding ½ cup of baking soda to each rinse cycle acts as a balance to suspend the laundry detergent or mineral deposits in water. This will help your clothing feel less stiff. It is also a good choice for those in your family who might have sensitive skin and allergies.
4. Clean an Iron
You can remove built up starch and scorch from the face plate of an iron easily with baking soda. All you need to do is mix a paste of baking soda and water. Use a cloth to rub the paste over the face of the iron.
Tough build-ups may require multiple repetitions. Use the cloth to scrub gently and repeat until the build-up is gone. Once you are finished cleaning the iron, wipe off the faceplate with a dampen cloth with distilled white vinegar. Your iron will make it much easier to ironing your clothes and leave no deposits behind!
5. Control Detergent Suds
The popularity of high efficiency front-loading washers makes it even more of a priority to control suds. If you accidently use regular laundry detergent than the high efficiency detergents, you will see those suds begin to flow!
Turn off the washer and grab your box of baking soda if this happens. Sprinkle the baking soda directly on the suds to quickly break the suds down. The baking soda absorbs some of the moisture and makes it an easier clean up.