My Go-To Natural Laundry Booster

As you may know, I’ve been a big fan of cloth diapers for the past three years. Using them has helped save us money, reduce waste, and avoid any potential chemicals found in mainstream disposable diapers. Plus, they look darn cute!

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(We’re still using diapers over here because I’m not about to attempt potty training my toddler while also caring for a newborn.)

While our cloth diapers worked amazingly well for us from the start, many of them eventually developed an overpowering “fishy” odor every time they got soiled. They’d smell just fine right out of the washing machine, but it was almost embarrassing to take my son out in public because the moment his cloth diapers got wet they would smell terrible– even if he had only been wearing a fresh diaper for 20 minutes. I had read about “stripping” cloth diapers when they developed an ammonia smell (since residue can build up after so many wears), but a number of methods called for using blue dish soap or bleach, and I didn’t love the idea of using chemicals on clothing that would be touching such sensitive skin. I have also read that stripping isn’t necessary if you have a proper wash routine in the first place, so I knew there had to be a better way.

What I found worked best for us at eliminating this terrible odor, was adding washing soda occasionally to our pre-rinse cycle. If you’re not familiar with ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda, it’s a natural cleaner that is 100% fragrance and phosphate free. (The only ingredient is sodium carbonate, which is similar to baking soda, but with a higher alkalinity.) It helps neutralize and eliminate odors without the use of perfumes. If you’ve ever tried making your own laundry detergent at home, you’ll notice that many all-natural recipes call for washing soda because it’s effective at removing ground-in dirt and cutting through grease.

Isn’t the simplest answer almost always the best?

I can’t tell you how many other brands of expensive, all-natural cloth diaper “enzyme cleaners” I tried before just adding a 1/2 cup of washing soda to my washer’s soak cycle. If you have the luxury of not doing multiple loads of laundry in a day, I like to pause my washing machine’s pre-rinse cycle so that it stays full of water with the washing soda dissolved in it. Then I can add my diapers to it as I go, and rinse them all at once each night. The soaking helps remove residues that smell when they become damp, and then I don’t have to deal with a bag of soggy diapers later. You don’t need to use the washing soda for every load, either– I usually only do it once or twice a month to keep the odor away, so one box lasts a really long time! (I also use it for gently scrubbing residue off of my kitchen sink and getting grease stains off of our white couch… it’s a miracle worker.)

In case the washing soda isn’t enough to help get rid of your cloth diaper odors, you might also try:

  • Adding 1/2 cup of white vinegar to your pre-rinse cycle
  • Drying your diapers outside in the sun

If you want to try giving your laundry a boost, you can find ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda at Walmart and Dollar General. (The price ranges from $4.17-$6.00 for a large 55 oz. box)

For more cloth diapering tips, including my favorite essentials to help get you started, click here.

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214 thoughts on “My Go-To Natural Laundry Booster

  1. Karen

    I always add vinegar to our laundry if it is especiallly gross. Gets rid of that body odour gym smell or if my son got especially dirty. I have never used the washing booster but see recipes for diy laundry detergents that call for it. That and fels naphtha and Borox. It’s been on my Mind to try to make cause it’s an apparantly amazing and dirt cheap. Duggars family (I know… duggars… eye roll) would talk about it a lot since god knows how much laundry they’ve had to do…

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    1. Laura ~ Raise Your Garden

      And I use vinegar in my toilet to clean it and whiten it! But then it grosses me out when my husband uses it on his fries =) Ewwww. And I laughed out loud at the Duggars comments. Oh my. Help. Any, I will have to try this detergent out, I could make my own but quite honestly, I just don’t have the time right now!

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  2. Victoria Johnson

    Microwave sliced lemons in a bowl of water for about 4 minutes, then you can wipe it down easily and it smells great! You can use the lemons to rub on the kitchen sink to shine it then toss down the drain for a fresh smell.

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  3. Jiwon

    I was hesitant to try using vinegar because of the smell, but I can’t NOT use it anymore. It gets all the smells out.

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  4. Melissa K

    I use baking soda and water to kill grass in the cracks of my cement walkway. I just mix 1/2 cup baking soda in a 32 oz spray bottle and spray on a hot sunny day. Just make sure it’s just getting the weeds as it will kill everything.

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  5. Brittany S.

    Great advice! Thank you. I use Charlie’s Soap laundry powder. It is all natural and has removed every stain from my three children’s clothing (including newborn blowout stains….it’s amazing stuff!). I also use it to make a carpet cleaner solution that removes anything from your carpet. I am going to get some of the Arm & Hammer powder you recommend. I bet it would work wonders on stainless steel and showers.

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  6. Heather

    I love to use super washing soda and vinegar to wash my cloth diapers. I also love to add 5 drops of lemon essential oil for fresh scent and stain fighting.

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  7. joanna

    I use white distilled vinegar and baking soda to get out stains on pretty much any hard surface!!! It works really well. I don’t have a baby but think it’s great to use cloth diapers. My nephew goes through so many disposable diapers!!!

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  8. Maurie

    This po Is just in time! Im still experimenting with different mixtures like vinegar & baking soda as I just started cloth diapers. Thanks

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  9. Jackie

    I LOVE to use a mixture of water and essential oils (I like lemongrass, orange, lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree mix) for an antibacterial “lysol type” spray. Whenever anyone in our house has been sick I spray all the door handles, remotes, furniture, pretty much everything with it and it really must kill the sick germs because usually no one else will get sick! (even with the stomach flu!) plus it smells great and you can customize to your liking! Old apple cider vinegar bottles and any old spray nozzle work great for this!

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  10. Michelle

    I use vinegar in place of fabric softener in my laundy and add peroxide for any blood stain (son gets bloody noses occasionally). Also use a 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar with essential oil (tea tree, lemon, peppermint) for almost all of my cleaning. And use baking soda and water paste for tile grout.

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    1. Victoria

      The most effective way to get blood stains off (preferably while it’s fresh), is just plain cold water. The molecules don’t bind, otherwise hot water binds them therefore the blood sets in. Hope this helps!

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  11. Alexandra robertson

    I love that stuff! I love to clean my toilet bowl with vinegar and baking soda to soak then scrub clean.

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  12. Pamela

    Thanks for the tips! I clean the kitchen sink by sprinkling baking soda, a spray of white vinegar, letting it soak, then scrubbing.

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  13. Monica

    Mix 15 drops of essential oils with 1 cup of Arm and Hammer baking soda for a natural carpet deodorizer, sprinkle on carpet and leave for 20 mins, then just vacuum it up.

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  14. MELISSA

    Thanks for the great tip! I would love to use cloth diapers for my next baby.
    Love using vinegar and baking for all kinds of cleaning 🙂

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  15. Becky

    I really enjoy natural cleaners, but my husband hates the smell of vinegar, so I use a Thieves all-purpose cleaner as my go-to.

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  16. Michelle

    I love having a safe “go to” for our cleaning! All the comments are great & helpful too! I use Dr. Bronners, tea tree oil, baking soda, apple cider vinager and vinager in various ways from shampoo, conditioner to all purpose cleaner! Thank for the great tips!

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  17. Anna

    I use vinegar, borax, laundry detergent and a hot water soak. Works miracles and leaves it smelling so fresh and clean!

    I also love a combo of dish detergent and vinegar for getting soap scum and grime out of the bathroom! :9 good!

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  18. Natalie

    I like to mix a few drops of essential oil with water, rubbing alcohol and baking soda. It works great as a scrub! The essential oil makes it smell great!

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  19. Lori Farrell

    I’ve used vinegar for cleaning around the house but never for laundry. I’ll give it a try. I also like vinegar and Dawn to clean soap scum in the shower.

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  20. Brianne Megerdichian

    These are all such great tips. I just used baking soda to clean kid puke out of hubby’s new car. Sigh. It worked!

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  21. Kim

    I like the A&H washing soda! love the other ideas to use vinegar and essential oils as well. Thx for your great blog.

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  22. Kate

    I’ve been making my own laundry soap for years now…and LOVE the washing soda! I use the “re-useable” puppy pads for my lil poodle, and vinegar instead of fabric softener…and it works great! Thanks for all your hard work, and sharing such great tips with us…you ROCK! 🙂

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  23. Max

    My ‘natural’ cleaning tips include seventh generation products and recycled paper towels. Reading these tips are great! I never knew you could clean so thoroughly with a basic product like Arm and Hammer. I can’t wait to use it all the ways that have been suggested— especially on the carpet with essential oil and in my laundry! I had no idea that Arm and Hammer wasn’t just for the back of the fridge!

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  24. Larissa

    I use vinegar mixed with hot water in a spray bottle to clean my guinea pig’s pen! It works really well for dried on urine. I just make sure to give it a wipe with plain water and let the scent die off before I put her back in!

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  25. Christi Lee

    With two guys in the house generating smelly workout clothes and socks, baking soda has been my secret laundry weapon for the last several years. About six months ago I also switched to using white vinegar in the rinse cycle (in place of fabric softener or dryer sheets), and this has made life (and my nose!)even happier.

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  26. Tricia

    I use a combination of baking soda and vinegar in my washer when I wash towels. They come out fluffy and fresh smelling.

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  27. Terry

    Hi.
    I just want to share that I used cloth diapers also with my first two kids. And I used A&H baking soda in the rince cycle to deodorize and sofen them. They were always fresh and clean without using bleach. Sometimes if I didn’t have baking soda I would use vinegar. But didn’t use them together because they can have a reaction to one another. Not a POISONOUS one though, just a foaming one.

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  28. Courtney

    Dr Bronners actually works better than laundry detergent at getting the poopy stains out of my daughter’s clothes! I just wet them with water and put the Dr Bronners on it and then leave it to soak til I am ready to do the laundry.

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  29. Karen

    Microwave a lemon half with a bowl of water, for four minutes, it’ll dissolve all the gunk stuck to the sides. Just wipe it down with a sponge and good to go!

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  30. Shandy

    Wow! This sounds like an awesome natural product. I’ve never heard of it before but I am excited to try it! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  31. Sunshine

    Recently our dishwasher stopped working. So one thing: squeeze all water out of sponge, fill with sufficient clean warm water and lots of soap, microwave for 30 seconds. Then rinse and squeeze until it’s good as new, relatively.
    Have a variety of cleaning tools. If you’re disabled like me, one product might not work for you that works for everyone else. So if magic erasers aren’t your thing, try copper scrub brushes or bristles brushes or even bottle brushes or those plastic square scrapers. There’s tons of stuff out there, and some of it can be found cheap at dollar stores or thrift shops.
    If things are clogged up, it can help to do an empty rinse cycle – this goes for dishwashers and washing machines. It may help to use vinegar in this process. In some cases baking soda can help. Both vinegar and baking soda have ridiculously versatile cleaning abilities.
    Lemon juice for getting rid of stains like marinara sauce on plastic containers. Oddly enough, sunlight can help the bleaching process, too.

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  32. Donna

    My tip is to take some washing soda, add a little water to make a paste and then use it as a scrub to clean anything and everything! But to make it even more enjoyable (assuming cleaning can be enjoyable) is to add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to add scent naturally!

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  33. Kelly

    I love using vinegar and washing soda for an extra cleaning boost! I also use vinegar as my dishwasher’s rinse aid. No harmful chemicals needed. 😀

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  34. Carol

    I have used ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda for a number of years. I occasionally add vinegar to the rinse often.

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  35. Allison Auletto

    I use arm and hammer baking soda for everything from brushing my teeth to vacuuming my rugs. It also works great in drains to neutralize odors as well. I as well as my son have super sensitive skin so putting in the wash is great to freshen clothes naturally with no fragrance. Also the price is unbeatable being a single saving money is always too priority 🙂

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  36. Desiree

    How did I never hear of this stuff before? I’m going to have to hunt some down and try it. I do our laundry and we have a few items where, I have no idea what he does but neither Borax nor vinegar touches the odor and we’re limited to natural stuff because of my multiple allergies. Perfectly good pants otherwise, but that smell! Yup. Even a long trip out to where Walmart is would be worth it if the stuff works.

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  37. Kristyn Jackson

    I love to use my good ol Borax on our tub. It’s a zillion times better in opinion than soft scrub! And hydrogen peroxide is great on blood and poop on fabrics. Works like a charm!

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  38. Sharon

    I use vinegar every once in a while for laundry as well, but washing soda sounds like really useful! Great tip 🙂

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  39. Andigrif

    Love using the laundry soda.
    For drains I use 1 cup of banking soda and vinegar. Pour both down the drain and put the plug in to keep the mixture down there to work. After about 15 minutes pour some boiling water down the drain – it works wonders

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  40. Stephany

    I use soap nuts to clean my clothes but haven’t found anything natural to get my whites from looking so dingy… I have tried regular baking soda… Maybe this will help ore. Thanks for the info.

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  41. Gia

    Hi Megan!
    I have found that getting clothing (especially wet and/or sweaty garments post workout, or in your case, post toddler wetting- too cute!❤️) into the washer and immersed in cleaning agents/water immediately seems to help eliminate undesirable odors soaked into the clothing. Once something is soiled and dries somewhat before getting into the wash cycle, it’s pretty much gone. Just to share…And I will definitely be going out to grab some Arm & Hammer ASAP! Hugs to you and your adorable babies.

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  42. Lynn

    I’ve been using Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda for several yrs making my own laundry detergent. I use it for all of my laundry from delicates to quilts and throw rugs.

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  43. Kirsten

    I had forgotten about using vinegar, I’ll have to try that this evening. I’ve been using wool dryer balls with essential oils in the dryer to impart a lovely fragrance to my freshly laundered clothes.

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  44. Jennifer

    I just started using A&H as a booster in my laundry and works just as good as those expensive boosters. My tip is for making your own fabric softener. Fill your old container with hot water and add a good squirt (or 2) of your favorite hair conditioner. Shake well. May need to shake again before use.

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  45. KELLY

    I LOVE BAKING SODA & VINEGAR!!, YOU CAN USE THEM FOR SO MANY THINGS, SO VERSATILE AND BOTH ARE NATURAL, WHICH I LOVE!!!. WOULD LOVE TO WIN THE GIFT CARD, COULD REALLY USE IT A CHRISTMAS TIME.

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  46. Narissa Rampey

    I use the Arm & Hammer in my home-made laundry soap and SO prefer this for cleaning my clothes. There is no odors and my laundry is always clean as any soap products that I spent a lot of money on in the past.

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  47. Ty

    Now to find the booster at my local Target or Publix. Other than the regular A&H and Baking Soda we normally won’t get any of their recent products 😩

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  48. Michele W

    I use baking soda all the time when I am cleaning. I’ve also started using white vinegar every time I clean my Vitamix after making a green smoothie. Apparently there’s something in greens that makes the container cloudy over time. Rather than wait until the container gets cloudy to use vinegar and then have to scrub it, I put 1/4-1/2 cup of white vinegar with 32 ounces of water in the container and let it soak while I drink my smoothie. Then I add a drop of dish soap and turn the machine on to clean as normal. I’ve been doing this for several years and my container is as crystal clear as when I first got it. I don’t have diapers to wash but will be trying Arm & Hammer soon for my exercise clothes.

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  49. Sarah

    I am currently cloth diapering our 21month old and our 4 week old. I’m definitely going to be picking up this next time I’m at Walmart!
    I like to use vinegar to clean our faucets and shower heads to keep the water flowing nicely since we live in an area with hard water.

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  50. Rae Dawn Hadinger

    I’ve been using baking soda in my wash for about a year, with a vinegar rinse. But now I’m thinking I should switch to Arm & Hammer’s Super Washing Soda instead, especially with towels, which can get pretty stinky. I use baking soda or baking soda and vinegar for almost everything – cleaning the bath tub, shower head, toilet and more!

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  51. Bethany

    I use baking soda and vinegar to get the ammonia smell out of diapers. Wash once with baking soda and another with vinegar. Works like a charm!!!

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  52. Debbie Pierce

    Vinegar and baking soda are staples for cleaning, and washing soda for laundry. I don’t have diapers to clean, but I do have a senior kitty who can’t always make it to the litter box, so I was the pads that I leave down for her with baking soda and vinegar added with my natural cleaning products. I guess you could say I’m cleaning kitty diapers. 😉

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  53. Tamarin Morley

    Such a great tip! During my first trimester the smell of our washing machine (and the clothes that came out of it) was just appalling to me and made my already relentless nausea even more unbearable. My husband tried so many things to neutralize the odour, wish we had know about Arm & Hammer washing soda! Will definitely be giving it a go 🙂

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  54. Leslie

    I love washing soda! I use Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, and Dr. Bronners Sal Suds for all my laundry. The washing soda is also really great for getting burn stains out of pots.

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  55. elisabeth

    I’m using vinegar to rinse instead of laundry softener, and washing soda with my laundry product, so I have a great saving 😉 not only less money but better results !

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  56. Lavada

    I use Arm & Hammer Baking soda and white vinegar to help keep my drain(s) in the sink(s), tub and shower clear of build-up. 2 TBS of baking soda and a cup of white vinegar down each drain once per week. It also helps keep the drainage left behind in the trap from smelling foul.

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  57. Kristie

    I have been using baking soda in my laundry for years. When my kids were in sports where they wore white uniform pants I would keep a 5 gallon bucket with a baking soda solution to soak the pants, a plunger to agitate and a couple.of day soak did wonders. I will be picking up a box of the washing soda for sure!!!

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  58. jamie lopez

    For my own laundry detergent, I use this recipe:
    2 parts natural soap flakes
    1 part borax
    I part Arm & Hammer washing soda

    I use vinegar as a liquid fabric softener and wool dryer balls as a dry softener, if needed.

    Works great!

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  59. Laura

    I agree with so many of the comments- vinegar works wonders on getting tough stains out (not just laundry!) and on keeping colors bright. I also love using a few drops of essential oil (lavender, lemon, etc) in my DIY cleaning sprays. I love how they make the house smell!

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  60. Dawn Hadley

    I’ve been using Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda in my laundry for about 5 years now. I love it and don’t know how I would keep our family of 7 clean with out it! Love good old fashion cleaning! My DIY Recipe is:
    1 bar of Dr. Bronners soap fine;y grated (I use my food processor)
    1 cup Arm and Hammer Super washing Soda and
    1 cup Borax
    give a whirl in my food processor and we are good to go for a month of clean clothes!

    I mix up a gallon of “Fabric Softner” by putting 50 drops of my favorite essential oil into one gallon of white distilled vinegar and my clothes come out fresh and soft.

    Thanks for all your amazing recipes and good luck with your newborn.

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  61. samntha

    Thank you for putting up this post. As someone that still has college-level laundry skills, I found some helpful hints!

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    1. samantha

      as for any cleaning tips, i love using the method brand of products! wish i had something more natural to share!

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  62. Bianca

    i love using vinegar to clean almost everything! also using a lemon, a cup of water, and microwaving it to clean the dirty microwave!

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  63. Kelike

    Arm & Hammer Baking Soda is essential in our home! I use it for grout cleaning, getting rid of smells in the drains, getting my teeth white and getting the counters bright! This is the first time I’ve heard about adding it to the laundry. I’m going to need to give it a try.

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  64. Elizabeth

    I honestly never heard of Arm & Hammer Washing Soda but I would definitely love to try it to eliminate odors and possible stains. I have a helpful tip I would like to share I have been using specifically Dawn dish detergent and hydrogen peroxide combination scrubbing it into the stain and especially with hydrogen peroxide leaving it for at least an hour to lift the stain and then wash on the normal cycle it absolutely helps remove stains and also odors but it does take some effort in scrubbing for most stains.

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  65. patricia

    I use vinegar and water to wash my windows. Since I started using that….my husband washes my windows for me! No more streaks! I also made a bunch of wool dryer balls to give away to all my family as Christmas gifts. I love them. Hope they like them as well as I do.

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  66. Shelley H

    Have always used Baking Soda for cleaning which include using it with a scrubbie to clean baked on food on pots and pans

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  67. Rhonda

    I have used vinegar in place of fabric softener now for years, it is so much better and cheaper than store bought fabric softener and have made wool felt dryer balls to help speed up drying time. I also have started to hang laundry to dry as much as I can so I don’t even have to use the dryer.

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  68. Nicole Purdum

    Arm and Hammer laundry products have been my go to for years. The washing soda is wonderful by itself or as an ingredient for stubborn laundry issues. The bonus is that it’s an effective natural solution!

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  69. Rachel Murray

    LOVE IT!!!! I have been using Baking Soda in my laundry for years now! Even though my kids are long finished with the diaper stage (I really DO miss those days), I love to use it for the bath towels and kitchen towels, as I find they all develop funky odors. And I have a front loader washing machine and I find those to trap odor as well! Keep up the great work – I teach nutrition classes and always look to YOU for inspiration! Thank you ~ Rachel

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  70. Kristina

    This is weird, but I love to clean my retainer/bite guard with dr bronners peppermint. It cleans much better than toothpaste, but still leaves the wonderful scent!

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  71. Cathy

    Arm and Hammer Washing Soda is the only thing that can get the “stink” out of my husbands dirt bike gear. I use it all the time.

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  72. Jenny

    I am definitely going to try this! I know you mentioned it already, but the #1 thing I have found to help with odor is drying my laundry in the sun. There’s nothing like it for sweet-smelling sheets and towels, especially in the summer!

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  73. kelly

    I’ve been using my magnetic laundry ball alone with borax, It’s been working well, except when I use too much natural (coconut oil based) deoderdant. Then I have to get some soap out. I’m going to experiment with vinegar and baking soda next time!

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  74. Barbara

    Thank you for reminding how to use the washing soda I had purchased years ago! My favorite easy oven cleaner for an oven that is NOT self-cleaning is a pumice stone. Dip the stone in water. Sprinkle baking soda on the oven. Scrub. Baked on grease comes off relatively easy.

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  75. I Schultz

    I’m definitely going to try the washing soda. My husbands gym clothes could definitely use something more effective in the wash!

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  76. Caitlin

    I love using baking soda for cleaning, but didn’t think about adding it to the wash. With our first little one due in February, I’ll be sure to use this in our cloth diaper cleaning periodically from the start.
    I love using Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap mixed with water and essential oils to make our own hand soap.
    For around the house I use vinegar diluted with water and essential oils. I also use baking soda for stubborn things.

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  77. Nicole

    I love diluted white vinegar for cleaning the bathroom and kitchen. Super cheap, and the scent fades to an odorless clean within 15 min or so.

    I have forever struggled with cloth diaper stink. I have super-hard water, and have tried every water softener on the market to no avail. I’ll be sure to give this Arm & Hammer product a shot.

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  78. Erica

    I’m going to try this, thanks! My favorite Arm & Hammer product is the Fresh Deodorant (no antiperspirant ingredients). Most all natural deodorants irritate my skin but theirs doesn’t.

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  79. Kayla

    My sister-in-law is having a new baby in 3 weeks and is using cloth diapers for the first time. Thanks for the ideas!

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  80. Donna

    Great idea. While I am no longer in the diaper stage of life, I still have items in my wash that seem to have an odor even after washing several times. Especially my husband’s sweaty work clothes. I will definitely try the Arm & hammer.

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  81. Virginia

    thanks for sharing, I have used vinegar to help with smelly towels before, and it has worked well enough. But now I am just getting ready to deal with cloth diapers and any tools I can have in my back pocket to start would be great!

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  82. Charis

    I keep a little jar of washing soda under my vanity, and when my little ones are in the tub I use it to clean the sink and counter. Chemical and odor free multi-tasking!

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  83. Shannon

    I find good success with borax for a laundry detergent boost. I also love adding essential oils to my wool dryer balls and let it give the clothes a nice fragrance since my detergent is low scent.

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  84. Julie Wood

    I use baking soda to clean the oven. I make my own Scouring Powder-For soap scum on tubs and showers, scouring powder with 2 parts baking soda, 1 part salt, and 1 part borax. And I use vinegar to clean the windows.

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  85. Robin

    To remove old paint from paint brushes, place brushes in a pot with vinegar. Soak for an hour, then turn on the stove and bring the vinegar to a simmer. Drain and rinse clean.

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  86. Rebecca

    I love to clean with vinegar and baking soda. I mix baking soda with hot water and laundry softener to make a homemade carpet freshener. It is so much cheaper to make my own, and it really works well.

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  87. Kelly D

    I like to combine baking soda and vinegar to clean the showers and sometimes toilet. I use a scrubbing brush to clean while it fizzes.

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  88. Kerry

    I’m not the best with natural cleaning products – I need to get better about that. I do use peroxide for getting blood stains out of our laundry if needed.

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  89. Maria

    I think I need to get better about using natural products as well, especially before I have children. You can’t beat baking soda and vinegar for their many uses. I also use lemon at times, especially in the microwave. Charlie’s Soap is another natural product (made locally in NC) that I also use in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry.

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  90. Anne

    My best tip would be using vinegar as a produce wash. The proportion I use is 1:3, water:vinegar. It’s great in a spray bottle or as a soak. Just remember to rinse the produce after using the wash.

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  91. Carrie

    I cut a lemon in half and microwave it for thirty seconds. Then I take the lemons and scrub the microwave… works great!

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  92. Sandra

    Thanks for the tips! What brand and type of washer and dryer does your family use? I’ve heard some will ultimately get clothes much cleaner than others. My family is wanting to cloth diaper, and we are also due for a new washer and dryer set. Which do you use, front-loader, top-loader, agitator, no agitator? Which brand do you use and are you happy with it? Thank you!

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    1. Megan Gilmore Post author

      We had a front load washing machine when we first started cloth diapering (in a rental apartment) and I hated it! Front loaders are very hard to keep smelling clean, because the door needs to stay shut. We felt like it smelled moldy pretty often. Luckily, that one died pretty quickly and my landlord replaced it with a top loader, which meant I could let it stay filled with water and soak my diapers all day long. I would just leave the washer open as a “hamper” for the day, then run the cycle each night.

      When we moved into a house, we bought the washer and dryer set that was recommended by Consumer Reports– it’s the Samsung Aquajet Washer and Dryer with the steam sanitize function. (I love the steam option for sanitizing toys, too!)

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  93. Kaity

    I make a water and baking soda paste and coat the inside of the oven with it- let it sit for 10+ minutes and then spray it with a water/vinegar solution and cleaning my oven was never so easy. The grease just wipes right off!

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  94. angie

    If you have been cutting onions or garlic and your hands are stinky, rinse them in lemon juice and the stink will go away! Just be sure to rinse your hands after a few minutes with the lemon juice on them, or you may get it in your eye and ouch! hahaha

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  95. Denise L

    Baking soda cleans/polishes porcelain really well. I pour a good amount into the bath tub and scour gently. Takes any soap residue right off!

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  96. Betty C

    I’ve made laundry detergent using washing soda, castile soap and Borax. I’ve made both liquid and dry formulas and they both work really well.

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  97. Jerry Marquardt

    My favorite natural cleaning tip is to use a drop of blue food coloring to a whole bottle of liquid laundry detergent, at least 3/4 of a gallon minimum.

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  98. Barbara Montag

    I now use vinegar for most cleaning.
    Wash my floors with 1/2 water 1/2 vinegar – you wouldn’t believe how clean they get!
    thank you

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  99. Claire

    Hi Megan,

    I love your site and have made MANY of your recipes , you really do a great job!
    This is not food related question however I notice in your dresser photo above you have what appears to be cotton diapers which I have used for years for cleaning however I can’t find them anymore. Where do you buy them?

    I am in Canada but hopefully you can point me in the right direction.

    Thanks ever so much!
    Claire

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