What Are Some Uses for Baking Soda in the Laundry Room?

Baking soda is inexpensive and safe to use on nearly all washable fabrics.
Jar and a scoop with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).
Baking soda can be used to brighten laundry.
A water and baking soda solution can be used to cloth diapers from stains.
Baking soda may be sprinkled in the bottoms of clothes hampers to reduce unpleasant odors.
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There are literally hundreds of household uses for baking soda. Not to be confused with baking powder, which has added acidifying and drying agents — typically cream of tartar and starch, respectively — baking soda is pure bicarbonate of soda. Its beneficial qualities are the result of its ability to act as a buffer, neutralizing both acidic and alkaline substances to regulate pH. This is the secret behind its effectiveness in the laundry room.

Baking soda is inexpensive, nontoxic, fragrance-free, environmentally friendly, and safe to use on nearly all washable fabrics. It is as gentle as it is effective; because it leaves no harsh chemical residue behind, it will not irritate sensitive skin.

In the Wash

Removing Stains/Smells




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Yes, it does expire, but not necessarily at the date printed on the package. To tell if your baking soda is still active, add 1/4 teaspoon to a couple of teaspoons of white vinegar. It should bubble up right away. If not, it's expired. Once expired, it's no good for baking anymore, but don't throw it away. Stick it in your fridge to absorb odors!

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Does baking soda expire?

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