How to Naturally Clean with Super Washing Soda

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This post is sponsored by the maker of ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda

If you've followed The Humbled Homemaker for very long, you know that I like to stick to as many natural products as possible. Not only are these household products healthier for your family, but they also make for a more natural clean!

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A more natural approach to cleaning products can actually be quite frugal as well. It only takes a handful of products to achieve a natural clean. 

Those that top my list include castile soap, white vinegar, essential oils, baking soda, and washing soda.

If you followed along with our recent Periscope series, #thehealthyhome, you will remember how I took you on a tour of my home and showed you simple ways to transform each room into a healthier environment for your family.

ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda is one of those products that you can literally use all over the house.

It's an all-natural alternative to chemical-based cleaners, and it does not compromise on performance!

Let's take a look at how we can use Super Washing Soda all over the house:

The Laundry Room

Use ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda regularly in your wash cycle for added cleaning and freshening power.

Regular Wash:

  • For regular wash, add ½ cup of Super Washing Soda along with the usual amount of either liquid or powder detergent at the beginning of the wash cycle.
  • Add clothes and let washer fill completely.
  • For HE washers, add ½ cup of Super Washing Soda to the washing machine drum.

(Always follow machine instructions when adding laundry products.)

Large, Heavily Soiled Wash:

  • For large, heavily soiled wash loads use 1 full cup of Super Washing Soda along with the usual amount of either liquid or powder detergent at the beginning of the wash cycle. Add clothes and let washer fill completely.

Hard Water:

  • For hard water conditions, add 1 cup of Super Washing Soda along with the usual amount of either liquid or powder detergent at the beginning of the wash cycle.

Tough Stains: 

  • Super Washing Soda adds extra cleaning and freshening power to your detergent. Stains and greasy soils sometimes need special handling. Often a routine machine wash will just not be enough to remedy stubborn problems.
  • The most effective way to remove stains is to begin treatment as soon as possible. Although some stains may be impossible to remove, a pre-treatment or pre-soak with Super Washing Soda is often very helpful – especially for removing greasy stains and embedded dirt from synthetics and cottons.

To Pre-treat:

  • Make a paste of 4 tablespoons Super Washing Soda and ¼ cup warm water. Using rubber gloves, gently rub paste into dampened stain and wash as usual.
  • When laundering, add ½ cup of Super Washing Soda in addition to your usual detergent. Always test a small, hidden area of fabric to determine colorfastness before pre-treating.

To Pre-soak:

  • Pre-soak laundry in warm water (use cool water for non-colorfast items as well as for blood and egg stains).
  • Use 2 tablespoons of Super Washing Soda per gallon of warm water if pre-soaking in a small tub, or use ½ cup if pre-soaking in a filled washing machine.
  • Pre-soak for at least 30 minutes before washing.
  • Wash with ½ cup of Super Washing Soda in addition to your normal detergent.

The Bathroom

Super Washing Soda is the complete bathroom cleaner that leaves surfaces clean and fresh smelling. As a natural water softener, Super Washing Soda helps to dissolve hard water soap scum where you need it.

Toilet Bowls, Tile, Sinks and Tubs 

  • To clean large areas, dissolve ½ cup Super Washing Soda in a gallon of warm water. Scrub area thoroughly and rinse well. Do not use on fiberglass sinks, tubs or tile.

The Kitchen

Super Washing Soda can dissolve grease and dirt throughout the kitchen.

Ovens, Range Tops, Broiler Pans 

  • Ease these messy jobs with a solution of ½ cup Super Washing Soda dissolved in a gallon of warm water. For stubborn, crusted soils, sprinkle Super Washing Soda dry on a damp sponge to scour quickly and easily. Remove burners and soak in solution for at least 30 minutes to banish greasy build-up. Rinse well and dry.

Range Hoods, Exhaust Fans 

  • A weekly wash with a solution of ½ cup Super Washing Soda dissolved in a gallon of warm water keeps range hoods and exhaust fans grease-free. Rinse well afterwards.

Pots, Pans and Cookware 

To remove greasy, burned-on stains from cookware, try the method below that works best for you.

  • Sprinkle dry Super Washing Soda on a damp sponge to scour stains. Rinse well.
  • Or apply a paste of 2 parts Super Washing Soda, 1 part water to stained areas. Let stand for 30 minutes; then wash and rinse as usual.
  • Do not use on aluminum cookware

The Living/Dining/Bedroom

Venetian Blinds 

Dip a cloth in a solution of ½ cup Super Washing Soda dissolved in a gallon of warm water and wipe blinds. Or fill your bathtub with warm water and add ½ cup Super Washing Soda. Soak for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse and dry.

Silver, Copper, Gold Pieces 

Super Washing Soda can be used with special cleaning plates to remove tarnish from silver, silver plate, jewelry, gold, copper, bronze, stainless steel and most brass. 

What are your suggestions for ways to use super washing powder for a natural clean?

 

Erin Odom of The Humbled Homemaker is wife to Will, mommy to a lovely trio of redheaded girls, and a recovering overwhelmed homemaker who encourages, educates and empowers women to live a grace-filled, natural life.

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