How to Use Soda Crystals in the Laundry

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How to Use Soda Crystals in the Laundry
Use soda crystals when doing laundry. (laundry image by samantha grandy from

Soda crystals have long been used as a cleaning element for a number of household items, including laundry. Soda crystals dissolve into water, working hard to dissolve tough stains and residue that would not be removed by washing powder alone. This is a safe alternative to the use of chlorinated bleach and other chemically based stain removers that are not only expensive, but also harmful to the home and family.

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Things you need

  • Basin
  • Soda crystals
  • Water
  • Washing powder
  • Washing machine

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  1. 1

    Soak soiled items in a basin filled with warm water and soda crystals. Fill the basin with 1 cup of soda crystals per 1 gallon of water, and agitate slightly to dissolve the crystals. Place items in the basin, and let soak for one hour.

  2. 2

    Turn on the washing machine, using a warm water cycle and the amount of washing powder you usually use.

  3. 3

    Pour the entire contents of the basin into the washing machine, pouring in both the liquid as well as the garments.

  4. 4

    Pour another cup of soda crystals into the washing machine, and let the machine run its wash cycle.

  5. 5

    Dry the garments in the dryer, or hang dry as you normally would.

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