How to Clean Clothes with ‘Cheap’ and ‘Gentle’ Laundry Substitutes – ‘It’ll Brighten Up Too’
Baking soda is a staple in many people’s cleaning closets because it can clean drains, remove limescale, and remove stains. It can also be used to wash clothes as well as to make a home fabric freshener. Deyan Dimitrov, CEO of Laundryheap, explained, “You can use white vinegar and baking soda as a milder alternative to laundry detergent.
“As your clothes get older and more worn, they become more and more defenseless against the harsh chemicals found in laundry detergents.
“A cheap and gentle substitute for detergent is a solution of baking soda and white vinegar.
“Add half a cup of both ingredients to the compartment of your washing machine before a cycle, and it will also brighten and clean your clothes, especially your whites.”
White vinegar and baking soda can also help eliminate bad smells.
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Baking soda helps dissolve organic compounds like dirt, grease, and other sticky substances.
The mineral structure of baking soda provides gentle abrasive cleaning without leaving streaks.
This makes it ideal for home use.
Deyan added, “Just leave it on the target area for at least 20 minutes, before brushing or vacuuming.”
Fabric fresheners can be good for getting rid of unwanted odors, especially if you have pets.
However, some may contain harsh chemicals.
Instead, the laundry expert recommended using white vinegar which he said was a “very cost effective” alternative.
Deyan says, “Mix equal parts vinegar and water before adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the solution.
“Then spray the solution on your clothes to get rid of any musty or smoke smells.
“Alternatively, you can seal your item in a bag overnight with baking soda, as the powder will absorb unwanted odors.
“Next, wash your item by adding half a cup of lemon juice or vodka to the washing machine to keep your clothes looking clean and smelling fresh.
“Always check the label. Some items are too delicate to wash even with baking soda and white vinegar, so be sure to check the label first.
“Some items, like silk, will need to be hand washed, and others may need to be cleaned by a professional.”