In an earlier post I mentioned that in addition to my dish washing detergent I added baking soda to my dishwasher and my dishes came out sparkling clean. Well it seems that adding baking soda to the laundry detergent helps to boost the detergent’s cleaning power and the clothes also come out softer.
The baking soda has a water softening quality, which helps the Homemade Laundry Detergent to do its job better. It also helps the softener too. In my front-loading washing machine I add about a quarter of a cup of baking soda to the wash. Top loaders might require a larger dose
Because I’m frugal, I buy the store brand of baking soda that works just as well as Arm & Hammer but costs less. You should stock up on it when you can because there are so many other uses for baking soda.
Baking soda used as a paste solution (mixed with water) helps to soothe the itching caused by poison ivy and bug bites. It also does a great job on cleaning teeth. You won’t have the minty fresh taste like most toothpastes have, but you will have very clean teeth.
Because of its abrasive quality, you can use it to scrub messes. Back in the old days, we used to use Ajax to clean our bathtub. For those of you who miss the days of Ajax, you can substitute baking soda instead. It’s less toxic.
Here’s a link to 61 uses For Baking Soda. You’re sure to find some useful tips there.