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5 ways to use baking soda in the care of clothes

11 Jun 2023, 12:00, parser
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1. Get rid of unpleasant odors

Clothes and bed linen eventually acquire a smell, because bacteria from our skin accumulate on them. The enzymes contained in laundry detergent break down these bacteria. But inexpensive detergents do not always cope well with such a task.

To enhance their effectiveness, add half a cup of soda to one laundry tab when washing. And not in a powder container, but in a drum — before putting things in it.

If you need to get rid of ingrained odors like the smell of sweat under the arms or tobacco smoke, soak your clothes with soda before washing. Add a glass of soda to a basin of warm water and leave things overnight. Then wash them as usual.

If you need to refresh clothes made of fabric that cannot be washed, fold it into something that can be covered with a lid, and put a printed soda package in the same place. At least a day of such a neighborhood — and soda will absorb all the smells.

2. Enhance the effect of chlorine bleach

To work effectively in water with an increased level of acidity or alkalinity, bleach will need help. This is where soda will come in handy, as it balances the pH. Add it with bleach in equal proportions before washing: soda — in the drum, bleach — in a specially designated compartment or tank for powder.

As a result, you will need less chlorine, and this will save you money and reduce harm to the environment.

3. Soften the fabric

With regular washing in hard water, the fabric becomes rougher, because particles of dissolved metal salts settle on it. Soda will help to cope with this. Just add half a cup when rinsing things to get the effect.

In addition, unlike store conditioners for laundry, which have flavors and aggressive substances, soda can be used by people with sensitive skin and allergies when washing. And it is also suitable for children's clothing.

4. Make things brighter

Sodium bicarbonate will gently whiten light things, and color will return brightness. To do this, pour half a cup of soda into the drum and wash things with your usual powder.

It is especially well suited for cotton fabrics, including thinned bed linen. Unlike store-bought bleach or bleach, baking soda will not damage such delicate things.

5. Remove the spots

To cope with stains from fat and food, mix a tablespoon of soda with a little water — you should get a thick paste. Apply it to the stain and leave for 15 minutes. If the fabric is dense, you can rub the contaminated area with a toothbrush. Then rinse the soda with warm water under the tap and wash the thing as usual.

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