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Baking soda can be used in laundry; a half-cup added to the washer is one way to boost laundry detergent and bleach. Baking soda also softens clothing. It is safe in both high-efficiency and standard washing machines.


Washing soda, also known as sodium carbonate or soda ash, is a white powder used in homes and manufacturing industries. In homes, washing soda is useful in removing stains, such as those from grease and oil, and softening hard water for laundering.


To make washing soda, clean a lidded jar, label it, bake baking soda for two hours, and store it in the jar. This 2 1/2-hour process requires an oven, a baking sheet, baking soda, a lidded jar, water, soap, an adhesive label, a marker, oven mitts and a large spoon.


Laundry detergent can be used to wash dishes in either a sink or a dishwasher; however, it is not a good idea to use laundry detergent to wash dishes. Using laundry detergent in a dishwasher may void the dishwasher's warranty.


Baking soda, borax and oxygen-based bleach make excellent alternatives to laundry detergent. Baking soda is inexpensive and is excellent for cleaning clothes. The easiest method is adding 1 cup of baking soda to the wash water.


Baking soda can be used as a laundry detergent substitute. Baking soda has many uses around the home as it has natural cleaning power and odor removal properties.


Non-HE detergent should not be used in a high-efficiency washing machine, according to Maytag. The machines use less water than regular machines, and using regular soap in an HE machine can create water that is too sudsy to perform properly.


The chemical name for washing soda, also called sodium carbonate, is Na2CO3. Another name for sodium carbonate is soda ash, which also has a pH of 11.6. This compound is white, odorless and soluble in water.


Vinegar has multiple roles in the laundry room, including softening fabrics, removing wrinkles, killing odors, removing stains and keeping fabric colors bright. It can also be used to remove unwanted soap residue from the washing machine and clean up starch residue and corrosion on the iron.


To wash your hair with baking soda, make a paste using baking soda and water, wet your hair thoroughly, part it into four sections and rub the paste into your scalp as you apply it to the sections. Let it sit in your hair for several minutes, and then rinse it out.