Baking Soda Laundry Hacks You Need To Know About

Chances are you have a box of baking soda in your fridge right now, absorbing wayward smells. And you probably use the ingredient quite a lot if you're a frequent baker. But baking soda has benefits outside the kitchen, too.

So why is this such a multifunctional product? Baking soda, which is the more common name for a natural substance called sodium bicarbonate, can neutralize acids and bases, meaning it doesn't just cover up odors — it absorbs and gets rid of them, per The Spruce. It's somewhat abrasive, so it can be used as a gentle cleaning scrub, and when mixed with water, it also dissolves dirt and grease. In baking, baking soda releases carbon dioxide, which makes baked goods rise.

And you should see what it can do for your clothes. Those seeking a natural way to do laundry have already discovered the myriad ways baking soda can be used in the laundry room. Keep reading to find out the best baking soda laundry hacks.

Effectively tackle your laundry the natural way

Sometimes, regular laundry detergent doesn't fully eliminate odors. But because baking soda neutralizes odors, it's a great antidote to a load of smelly laundry, such as athletic gear or workout clothes (via Well + Good). To really tackle those tough stinks embedded in your clothes that your detergent wasn't able to destroy, add half a cup of baking soda in with a load of laundry, and pour half a cup of white vinegar in the fabric softener tray. Skip the detergent altogether, and run the cycle like normal. The result is fresh-smelling clothes sans detergent.

Baking soda is also great at tackling stubborn sweat stains, like the kind that appear around the armpits on a white or light-colored shirt. Mix a quarter cup warm water and four tablespoons baking soda, making a paste. After wetting the stain with water, place the paste over the stain, and let it work for 30 to 60 minutes. Rinse off the stain remover in the sink, and run the item through the wash like normal.

Finally, it's always a bummer when we buy a set of crisp white sheets and watch them become yellow and dingy over time. Luckily, you can brighten and whiten fabrics simply by adding a quarter cup (for a front-loading machine) or half a cup (for a top-loading machine) of baking soda to a load of laundry and washing it like normal.