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Using Baking Soda to Care for Clothing

Baking soda makes a great laundry product because of its mild alkali qualities. Dirt and grease are easily dissolved, while clothes are softened. It is especially helpful in homes with hard water because it will clean clothes better, and prevent the stain buildup that can come with hard water. In this article, you will see how baking soda can play a role in the care of your clothes. Let's start with the wash.

Add ½ cup baking soda with your detergent to freshen your laundry and help liquid
detergents work harder.

Use baking soda instead of fabric softener. Add 1/2 cup at the rinse cycle.

Baking Soda Stain Remover

Sometimes a little work before you start the laundry can get rid of pesky stains. Use this solution to pretreat your stains:

* 1/2 cup ammonia

* 1/2 cup white vinegar

* 1/4 cup baking soda

* 2 tablespoons liquid soap

* 2 quarts water

Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray the liquid onto the stain, and let it sit for a few minutes. Launder then as usual.

Variation: Use soap flakes and baking soda when washing stained natural fabrics. Add1 tablespoon of vinegar to the rinse to keep the colors bright.
Boost your bleach: Add 1/2 cup baking soda (only 1/4 cup for front-loading machines) with the usual amount of bleach to increase whitening power.

Perspiration stains: For perspiration stains, scrub in a paste of baking soda and water, let it sit for 1 hour, and then launder.

Treat stubborn perspiration stains around the collar with a paste of 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1/4 cup water. Rub it in, then add a little vinegar to the collar, and wash the clothes.

Removing odors: Clothes can be deodorized by adding 1/2 cup baking soda to the rinse cycle. Remove cigarette smoke smells in clothes by soaking them in a baking-soda solution before washing.

Delicates: Eliminate the stale smell in handwashables by soaking them in 4 tablespoons baking soda and a quart of water. Rinse well, squeeze out the solution, and then air dry.

Prevent nylon items from yellowing by adding baking soda to both the wash and rinse water.

Yellowed linens can be brightened by adding 4 tablespoons baking soda to the wash

Laundry accidents: If you've washed a crayon in with a load of clothes, rewash the load with the hottest possible water, adding 1/2 to 1 full box of baking soda. Repeat if necessary.

If you've stained your white clothes by washing them with colored ones, undo the damage by soaking them in warm water to which you have added baking soda, salt, and detergent.

Special stains and special clothing: Eliminate alcohol stains caused by perfume with a paste of baking soda and ammonia. Wear rubber gloves, and use this mixture in a
well-ventilated area. Test for colorfastness first. Dry the fabric in the sun, then wash them as usual.

To remove blood stains, dampen the area, then rub it with baking soda. Follow by dabbing with hydrogen peroxide until the stain is gone. Test for colorfastness first.

Rinse pool chlorine out of bathing suits in a sink full of water with 1 tablespoon baking soda added.

Remove crayon marks on clothing by rubbing them gently with baking soda sprinkled on a damp cloth.

The chemical finish in new clothes can bother sensitive skin. Soak them in water and 1/2 cup to 2 cups vinegar. Rinse them, and then add 1/2 cup baking soda to the wash load.

Dry-cleanables: Some dry-clean-only items can be cleaned with a solution of 4
tablespoons baking soda in cold water. Test for colorfastness first.

Cleaning without water: Rub dry baking soda into polyester fabrics to remove a grease spot. Brush the solution off, and the stain should be gone.

Clean suede with baking soda applied with a soft brush. Let it sit, and then brush it off.

Smelly hampers: Freshen laundry hampers by sprinkling baking soda over dirty clothes as they await washing.

Leather: An ink stain on leather can be removed by laying the item flat and sprinkling baking soda on the stain. Leave on until the ink is absorbed, brush it off, and then repeat if necessary.

Shoes and socks: Remove black scuff marks on shoes with a baking-soda paste; rub it on and then wipe it off before applying polish.

Clean the rubber on athletic shoes with baking soda sprinkled on a sponge or washcloth.

Sprinkle baking soda into clean socks before wearing to control odor and moisture.

Keep smelly feet at bay by sprinkling baking soda into athletic shoes and street shoes to control odor and moisture.

As you've seen, baking soda is a valuable tool in the laundry room. Help keep your clothes clean and fresh with baking soda.

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