Soda crystals are an all-round cleaning solution that is especially ideal for lifting stubborn stains, eliminating odours and cleaning grimy surfaces.
One of the best places to use soda crystals is in the washing machine. Don’t worry; soda crystals are totally safe for your washing machine. They are also safe for the septic tank. Read on to learn more.
Cleaning Your Washing Machine
Soda crystals are a cheaper and eco-friendlier way of cleaning your washing machine. You can use soda crystals to eliminate limescale, get rid of bad smells and remove mould growth especially around the door seal.
To clean your washing machine with soda crystals, add 500g of them directly in the drum of the washing machine. Then, run a hot (we recommend the highest temperature on the control panel) empty cycle.
Soda crystals work with the hot water to remove scale and calcification, eliminate mould, bacteria and other stuff that’s causing foul odours and dissolve detergent deposits.
Repeat the cleaning process once a month to keep your washing machine in good shape.
You can also use them to clean the exterior of the washing machine and wipe the door seal. Mix 200g of soda crystals in 500ml warm water, then wipe down the washing machine with a soft cloth.
Cleaning Clothes With Soda Crystals
Soda crystals are also ideal for in-wash use in the washing machine. That means you can add them when you are washing clothes.
Soda crystals are safe for all types of fabric, even delicate ones. They’ll lift stains from clothes, resulting in cleaner laundry.
Simply add a tablespoon of soda crystals to the detergent drawer along with your usual detergent. Wash clothes using the usual settings.
For very dirty clothes or clothes with extra-tough stains, pre-soak them in a soda crystals solution. Add 200g of soda crystals to every 500ml of warm water. Add the clothes to the solution and let them soak for an hour. You can then wash the clothes as usual.
Softening Hard Water With Soda Crystals
Soda crystals are not just an all-purpose cleaner; they are also a cheap water softener. Soda crystals soften hard water through ion exchange where they remove magnesium and calcium ions that make water hard.
If you live in a hard water area, add soda crystals to the drum to improve washing performance, reduce scale build up and lower the amount of detergent you need to use.
For medium hard water, use 25g of soda crystals. For hard water add 50g and for very hard water add 75g to the washing machine drum.