Did you know that baking soda can be used in the laundry as a detergent booster? Not every laundry detergent is created equal and some need help to get clothes clean.
Odors, stains and general grime in our laundry should be removed as the detergent molecules break up the bacteria cells and soil. However, many less expensive detergents and in certain types of water, the detergent needs a boost to work more effectively. By improving the detergent's cleaning properties, you may be able to use less detergent, save money and lessen the impacts on the environment that come from harsher products.
Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) helps regulate the pH level in the water used by your washer by keeping it from being too acidic or alkaline. If you suspect that you have acid water or other imbalances, contact your local municipality for testing. For those with water wells, county health departments or private companies can assist you with testing. By adding 1/2 cup of soda to each laundry load, detergents can work more effectively to reduce bacteria and loosen soil.
As a natural mineral, baking soda is less harsh on the environment than synthetic ingredients. It is safe to use with all septic systems. Since it is natural, it is also a good choice for those with sensitive skin and allergies.
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