Apart from using it in the laundry, you can also use baking soda to clean your iron. It’s a soft scouring product which you can use to mildly scrub away soap and water stains off your iron. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water and rub this onto the iron in circular motions using a clean cloth. When all the stains are gone, apply some white vinegar to a cloth and use this to wipe away the baking soda residue.
5. To Save on Detergent
Because baking soda gives detergent a boost, you can get by with using less detergent. Or you can forego detergent altogether by adding a full cup of baking soda in its place. Not convinced? Try it on a load or two and see if you’re satisfied with the results. If it works well enough for you, you’ve found a simple, eco-minded alternative to conventional laundry detergent!
6.To Clean Up a Laundry “Oops”
If you’ve had a laundry mishap, such as a stray red sock getting mixed in with your load of white underwear, or a crayon or other waxy item getting left in a pocket, baking soda just might be able to come to the rescue.
For a crayon or other item that has colored all the clothes, and possibly left marks on the inside of the drum, rewash everything in hot water with a cup of baking soda added. To get that pink tinge out of all that underwear, try soaking the clothing in a bath of warm water, baking soda and salt before washing.
7.As a Stain Remover
According to baking soda manufacturer Arm & Hammer, baking soda and water are a potent duo for stain removal.
Make a paste with six tablespoons of baking soda and 1/3 cup of warm water, rub it into the stain and let it do its thing. The baking soda will lift the stain out of the fibers. Discard the baking soda before you put the item in the washer. For oily stains, Reichert recommends sprinkling baking soda directly on the stain and letting it sit overnight before washing.
8.For Extra-Clean Clothes
A half-cup of baking soda added to a load of laundry will create a cleaning boost. “It will help lift dirt and grime from clothing,” says Reichert. Don’t put baking soda in your washer’s detergent dispenser, however. Instead, sprinkle it into the empty drum of your washer, then add clothes and whatever detergent and fabric softeners you’d normally use.