Washing With Baking Soda, part 2

I want to apologize to everyone who commented and emailed me questions about my post last week, Get your clothes clean on pennies a day safely. I planned to repond to everyone’s questions, then life suddenly got hectic and before I knew it a week had gone by and I still hadn’t responded. So I thought I would make a part 2 to answer any questions that were asked and let anyone else ask some new questiosn they might have.

If you remember in my post I told about how you could use baking soda and vinegar to wash your clothes. This mixture is incredibly cheap, safe for the environment, and safe for kids and pets that might get into your cleaning supplies.

1. Do you find baking soda on your clothes after you wash them?
Honestly no. I only use a few sprinkles, less is more with this, and it always gets washed out in the rinse. So far i’ve not had any problems with the baking soda being left behind, not even on black or dark colored clothing.

2. Does it leave a vinegar smell behind?
Nope. Once vinegar dries it is odorless, the smell is only around as long as there is some still wet. We rarely use dryer sheets because we hang most of our things on the line, and i’ve never noticed a smell of vinegar. In fact I know several people who wash their hair with baking soda and vinegar instead of shampoo, it’s called no-poo, and they never have a vinegar smell in their hair.

3. What do you do about bad stains?
I either add a little peroxide to the wash, or if it is really bad I mix a paste of baking soda and peroxide that I let set on the stain. This is the poor man’s recipe for Oxyclean and it works just as well.

4. What about on whites with stains? Do you use bleach?
Actually we don’t use bleach either. The same thing that bleaches animal bones left in the desert and fades the color from paper can whiten your clothes too. The sun! Hang a white shirt out on the line all day and by evening it will be white and sparkling again. If the stain is persistant I’ll rub a little lemon juice on the spot before setting it out in the sun. We use cloth diapers and all of my diapers are as clean and white as they were the day I got them. Extra hint, if you have tuperware that has been stained red by tomato sauces you can set them out in the sun too to bleach the color out.

You can read more about using safer cleaning options in 5 Chemicals You Can Remove from Your Home Right Now.