3. Fabric softener
If you live in a place with hard water, your clothes and towels can come out of the laundry feeling a little tough and stiff. That’s why a lot of people use fabric softener. However, fabric softener isn’t actually very good for your laundry! It can leave behind soap residue, which actually causes the clothes to become smelly more quickly and it also makes your clothes wear more easily. Instead of fabric softener, use baking soda! This will soften the water and make your clothes nice and soft as well. Baking soda is also much better to use if you have a perfume allergy or sensitive skin. Children often can’t deal very well with the perfume in fabric softener either.
Apart from using it in the laundry, you can also use baking soda to clean your iron. It’s a soft scouring product which you can use to mildly scrub away soap and water stains off your iron. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water and rub this onto the iron in circular motions using a clean cloth. When all the stains are gone, apply some white vinegar to a cloth and use this to wipe away the baking soda residue.