How to Soften Water With Baking Soda & Lemon Juice

As using cleansers that are safe for the environment becomes a mounting concern, we are turning more toward tried and true folk methods. Baking soda is a common laundry ingredient and can be used to soften the water as well as the fabric in your wash. Lemon juice adds a nice lemon scent to your clean laundry without the use of harsh perfumes. The acidic properties of lemon juice also can kill bacteria in your dirty laundry and dishwater.

Step 1

Mix lemon juice and baking soda in the air-tight container.

Step 2

Add warm water, mixing until all the soda is dissolved. This prevents it from clumping up on your clothes.

Step 3

Add to washing machine during the rinse cycle. Close the door and let the wash continue. If you are using a front-end loader, pour the mixture in the fabric softener slot before you start the wash.