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Exchange your laundry detergent for baking soda

by Kiza
(Friendswood, TX)

My husband and I have become increasingly environmentally friendly, but one of the toughest things for us to adjust were our laundry habits. We wanted to make changes there, too, but we also wanted our clothes to be clean!

We were forced into looking for alternatives when I became pregnant. I've had asthma for some time, and the chemicals and synthetic scents in regular detergents were making me sick. I also worried about what they would do to my baby's sensitive skin.

After doing quite a bit of reseach, I traded out myt laundry detergents for baking soda. I was pretty skeptical at first, and my husband was convinced that I was crazy, but we've both been very pleased with the results!

Three-quarters of a cup of baking soda gets a full load of laundry clean with no added chemicals and no residual gunk left on the clothes. (This means it works great on cloth diapers!) Our clothes no longer hold on to body oils or smells like they used to.

If I have something particularly nasty to wash, I add two drops of tea tree essential oil. When my husband said that he missed the scent of traditional detergents, two drops of lavender essential oil added to the wash did the trick.

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Baking soda as detergent NEW
by: Anonymous

You've convinced me to switch to baking soda entirely. I didn't think it could clean clothes so well.

BTW, if you're trying to be green, ammonia is terrible for the environment.

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baking soda NEW
by: Jo

That would be too expensive to use in the UK a 500g box costs a £1

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Baking soda for cloth diapers? NEW
by: Michelle

has anyone tried this with their EBF baby's diapers?

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by: Anonymous

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Baking soda NEW
by: Jo-Ann

The best thing that I've ever done was to trade in the laundry detergent for baking soda. It all started when I became allergic to the dyes and perfumes, I was having such a problem with my skin itching and turning red and inflamed that I was going crazy. Baking soda saved me plus my cloths have never been whiter, brighter, softer and so clean!

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Baking soda NEW
by: Jo-Ann

The best thing that I've ever done was to trade in the laundry detergent for baking soda. It all started when I became allergic to the dyes and perfumes, I was having such a problem with my skin itching and turning red and inflamed that I was going crazy. Baking soda saved me plus my cloths have never been whiter, brighter, softer and so clean!

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Laundry Detergent NEW
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by: Lumbar

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detergents NEW
by: Anonymous

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I CAN'T BELIEVE IT ! NEW
by: KAY

I HAVE A FRONT LOAD WASHER AND I'M SO FED UP WITH MY TOWELS AND WASHCLOTHS SMELLING FUNKY AND THEN HAVE TO WASH THEM AGAIN WITH THE SAME RESULTS. I'VE EVEN CHANGED DETERGENT PRODUCING THE SAME RESULTS, I EVEN DOUBLE RINSE ! SO THIS MORNING I TRIED "JUST" THE BAKING SODA ! WALAH!! PERFECT! NICE SMELLING TOWELS AND WASHCLOTHS ! THANKS SO MUCH !!

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Also for Hair! NEW
by: Anna

My daughter has very oily hair and was going through tons of shampoo. Now, she uses 1/4 cup baking soda every wash. Works great!

Grabbed a huge bag at the local Wholesale Club for $6!

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Great for cloth diapers NEW
by: Michelle

I noticed when I used regular detergent on my daughters cloth diapers, I would get leaks all the time! I finally figured out that the detergent leaves a buildup on the fabric causing the urine to just roll off. (Think scotchguard for your sofa) anyhow I know use a scoop of baking soda and maybe a fourth cup vinegar for ALL my washables. I've noticed the diapers are much whiter too!

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Works in the dishwasher too NEW
by: Wolfgang

Just substitute your detergent with half the amount of baking soda. Works perfect!

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Cost? NEW
by: Andrea Mitchael

Where do you purchase your baking soda and how does the cost per load compare to other laundry soaps?

Thanks!

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Finally, a Preventative-Free Laundry Powder NEW
by: Allergic to Preservatives

They are now adding formaldehyde-releasing preservatives to just about all of the soaps, shampoos, shower gels, and lots of other more personal products. There seems to be thousands of us who are learning we are allergic to these preservatives; they are even in the free & clear products claiming to be hypo-allergenic (oh, they don't have fragrance!) I am one of these people suffering from contact dermititus; been itching for 3 mo., without finding a cause. Most of these offensive products used to be okay, until they added the preservatives. Soap products don't usually even have the ingredients on the label; you have to go to their website and then search sometimes for hours in order to learn the actual ingredients. These manufactures think there are only a few of us allergic...but they are WRONG!
I did find Palmolive Pure & Clear, for dishes, to be without preservatives, but it would suds too much for using in our HE washers. I had just come up with the idea of using Baking Soda, and found this and other listings where other people were already trying it. We may have just come up with a solution to at least the laundry part if this Super Allergic problem. Thanks for the amount to use, and for the suggestion of adding Borax, although it can also be an allergenic for some people. I am going to begin tomorrow, using 3/4 cup of Baking Soda in the tub before adding the clothes, to avoid the preservatives all together. Thanks again.

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Front Load Washer Foam .....underwear. NEW
by: Robert

I have a water softner. Hence, foam at end of cycle. You can use fabric softner, but I do not like the way it makes my underwear feel. All I want is clean underwear ! Not too much to ask you say ? Liquid laundry detergent will always foam way too much no matter how little you use with soft water. Causing your front loader to work over time to remove the suds. That is if it dosen't shut off, or go out of balance because the laundry is stuck together in one big soap ball, and the machine can not spin if it can not balance ! Powers are less expensive per ounce. Not as heavy for shipping cost,ect is just one savings. Combineing the three key powders, and used in the wright amount, will last you a year.
So I came up with this mix of laundry powder that I read about. Get a tupper wear canister with a snap on lid. To keep in your laundry room.
One cup of Tide,or what ever brand of powder you like, one cup of baking soda, one cup of Borax and you can add one cup of smell good like Purex crystals if you like. Mix with a big spoon in the container. When you get low, repeat. Cost way less in the long run, and dosen't drive the machine crazy trying to rinse.
Use only 50cc or a light 1/4 cup. Don't be tempted to use more. Less is better. For really dirty Laundry run a longer wash cycle to give the detergent time to work. But don't add more soap, it's the washing action that cleans the laundry not the detergent. Always use HE laundry detergent. Non HE will leave a soap scum in your HE machine. Because of the low water usage.
This works well in hard and soft water. To reply to the guy with the underwear foam problem, me too, less is better with front load washers !
Start out with 25cc set machine for three rinses. Let the machine do all the work. Underwear is not dirty like let's say jeans are.
When I lived in England all they had was front loaders,we used one level table spoon of detergent and every thing came out clean and soap scum free !
Hope this helps.
It has worked great for my stuff.





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Washing machine & dish washer cleaning ! NEW
by: Robert

You may think you are cleaning your washing machine and dish washer with the
"easy pour bleach" but your not ! Read the label guys. It says on the label in very small letters
"not for sanitizaton or disinfection" to sanitiz and disinfect must use "REGULAR CLOROX BLEACH" CHECK THE CLOROX LABEL. I had a smell in my brand new Samsung dish washer that you would make you gag! Rotten, nasty food smell. I used Clorox
"splash bleach" in the auto cup dispencer ran the cycle, nothing. Then I saw the "FINE PRINT" Ran the unit again with "REAL BLEACH" ! WASHER AND DISH WASHER ARE NOW CLEAN !No smell at all !
I now do it ounce a week with dishes in the machine and no dish washing soap. My dishes have never been that clean ! Plus, the garbage disposal no longer smells. Of course the dish washer drains into the gargbage disposal. When you hear it drainging, turn on your disposal and it will clean it to.

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by: Nathalie

Hi there,
Having MCS, I definitely know what you mean when scents & fragrances can affect your health.. I was using a fragrance-free laundry detergent, but am trying this right now, as it is laundry time :-)--- no synthetic chemicals YEA... thanks for sharing..

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Worth a Try
by: Anonymous

I was thinking of trying this out and searched Google to find someone else already doing this.

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Baking soda, replacement for laundry
by: Robert

No matter how little HE laundry detergent i use in my front loader there is always suds left in the last rinse. Can't have soap left on my underwear. Am trying washing the underwear with 1/2 cup of baking soda to see it this works. I use a very small amount of Clorox ultinate Care Bleach. About 1/8 cup. Just to sanatize. Will let you know how it works out. So far NO SUDS ! Thanks for your web page and helping me with this huge problem !

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baking soda and dish washers
by: Anonymous

W ould this work for dishwashers as well?

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Baking soda
by: nurseygurl

You can exfoliate your face, brush your teeth, clean your sink, bath tub and all that chrome with that one box of baking soda. oh, bee sting? baking soda. Ammonia works too. right away! put it on the sting.

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Borax, too?
by: Linda

I had no idea that just baking soda would clean. What a great tip! I can't wait to try it out. Also, any essential oil will work as fragrance.

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More than one use for Baking Soda
by: Anonymous

Thank you. Does this work for front loaders also. I would think so since it is low in suds. I have been looking for an eco friendly alternative to laundry soap. And soap is getting so expensive, especially for front loaders. I am going to try you idea with a little just to see if it works.

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