Monday, August 25, 2008

Works For Me Wednesdays

**I just updated the original post with some answered questions, so go to my archives and look for "WFMW--Continued" to continue reading about using baking soda in your laundry.

Here in the mommy-blog world, there is a weekly event (among several) called Works For Me Wednesdays. Basically, the idea is that on Wednesday you post a little tip you've learned on any (G-rated) topic--anything that has "worked for you" in making your life easier.

Well, I am finally going to participate in this!

My WFMW topic is baking soda. We all have baking soda to satisfy various needs like baking, cleaning out drains with vinegar, neutralizing our refrigerator or freezers, etc. Well, my favorite use for baking soda, apart from the goodies that I end up with after using it to bake with, is using it in my laundry.

That's right friends, I put it in my laundry loads! With each wash, I take a scoop of baking soda from my huge $5.99 bag from BJ's and throw it into our trusty new Whirlpool Duet washer. (I really enjoy my new washer and dryer:))

Anyways, I throw it into the wash bin and let it help clean our clothes along with the regular detergent that I put into the little detergent drawer up top. I am not exactly sure how it works but all I can say is that it does wonders!

*Ever get that lovely mustard-like infant poop on clothes/towels/sheets? Sure you have! Baking soda takes it all out without so much as having to scrub it.

*Ever have that awful musty smell in your dishtowels/rags or even worse--your bath towels--that once you use said towel, you end up smelling just like that musty stink? Baking soda and hot water will neutralize that odor causing bacteria and wash it right out. Fresh towels can be enjoyed again!

*Ever have a husband around who likes to wear undershirts every day? Of course you do! And I'm sure your husband, like 99% of other husbands in the world, sweats like crazy. So, not only does the deodorant leave a nice yellow stain on the armpit of the shirt, but the sweat leaves something for you, too. Once again, baking soda in the load of whites does the trick. It helps take the stains out while making your whites brighter and your laundry smelling fresher.

Love baking soda. And, it works for me!

For more WFMW, go to Rocks In My Dryer.

17 comments:

Ames said...

Thanks! My hubby's tee's need some help and I didn't know what to do!!

lusciouschaos said...

Can't wait to try this.

fullofboys said...

I will be trying this today! My boys always have hard to remove stains! Thanks for the tip!

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

I also use it to scub pots and pans and shine the sink. Love baking soda!

mom_at_home said...

Ditto melanie, We loooove baking soda. Can't wait to try it in the laundry!

Mandy said...

Always looking for fresher laundry! Thanks!

MJ said...

I LOVE this idea! With an almost 9-month old and a husband who wears undershirts on a daily basis, this is definitely needed! Quick question...how much is a "scoop"? A tablespoon? A cup? Thanks!

Ewokgirl said...

I do this, too. We have really hard water, and the baking soda helps soften it, which then helps the detergent work better.

AGSoccerMom said...

I am so totally going to try this.
We have been searching for something to take out those darn yellow stains. We already use vinegar instead of fabric softner in the wash to make clothes soft.
Then I use just half a fabric softner sheet in dryer for static.

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

I will definitely try this. Thank you!

Jeni said...

I have not used baking soda for my laundry, but I'm always willing to give it a try. I have been using baking soda as my shampoo for the past seven weeks and have seen completely transforming results to my locks. My fiancee also has exzcema in little patches on his face, and it has helped to rid him of uncomfortable dry skin also. Thank you for sharing!

Memarie Lane said...

I've been wondering about this. Do you use less detergent when you add the baking soda? I thought it might be a good way to cut down on laundry detergent.

lusciouschaos said...

Just tried your baking soda tip in the laundry. Smells good anyway. Here is a tip in return. My glass baking pans are totally yucky looking with baked on food. I saw a TV show where they used baking soda and lemon juice paste and a sharp blade. Amazing, it cuts right though the baked on stuff. I can now take my pans to church or public events again.

Audra Krell said...

Thanks for this great tip, I'm so tired of the towels smelling bad, I can't wait to try it!

The Momster said...

Isn't baking soda just like a miracle in a box? We use it for practically everything - and my hubby makes sure his camping clothes get washed with it - apparently it removes 'scents'. :)

Robyn said...

I am starting to believe that vinegar and baking soda are all that's needed in the house. They work miracles. I've been putting vinegar in the wash with the detergent, which neutralizes odors and softens fabrics, but will now start adding baking soda as well!

curvaliscious said...

I had to google this so that I knew how much to use in my wash so for those who were asking, its half a cup.

Thanks for the tip I will definitely be trying this!