Soda crystals are a crystalline form of washing soda, an old-fashioned laundry cleaning substance that’s existed for approximately 200 decades, long before the advent of modern laundry detergents. This material contains no bleaches, phosphates or smell, so it’s an alternative for those with sensitivities to substances. Add it to a usual soap to help cut through grease and stains, or use it as a presoak for stubborn stains.
It is in the Wash
1 tablespoon of soda crystals added to a usual laundry detergent in the washing machine softens the water a bit, resulting in cleaner washed products. Soda crystals may also be used for hand-washables by dissolving 1 tablespoon of the crystals per pint of water. For best results, make sure the material is colorfast before washing.
Soda for Soaking
If the laundry question is extra dirty, requiring a presoak, soda crystals come in handy once more. Soak the materials in a mixture of 1 cup honey crystals per pint of warm water before putting in the washing machine.