Cleaning washing machine: How many Soda Crystals to use and where to put them

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Soda crystals can be used in your washing machine to benefit the clothes and the machine. These useful crystals will lift stains from garments, soften the water, and rid the machine of limescale and bad smells… but how much should you put in? And, do soda crystals go in the drum or drawer?

If you’ve never heard of soda crystals, now’s the time to get acquainted.

They are little balls of Sodium Carbonate Decahydrate and Dri-Pak is the only soda crystal manufacturer in the UK.

According to Dri-Pak, the crystals can work in the machine in a number of ways.

If you’ve bought a bag of the stuff but aren’t sure how to use it, Express.co.uk has you covered.

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If you want to use Soda Crystals to shift tough stains, all you need to do is add a tablespoon of Soda Crystals to your normal detergent.

Alternatively, make a strong solution of soda crystals and warm water and soak the garment for one hour before washing normally.

The strength of the solution required depends on the application. As a guide, Dri-Pak recommend the following:

  • Mild – One tablespoon (20g) to one pint (500ml) of water
  • Regular – Half a cup (100g) to one pint (500ml) of water
  • Strong – One cup (200g) to one pint (500ml) of water

This trick will not only remove stains, but it will also tackle stubborn odours on items in your wash.

Dri-Pak’s site adds: “If you have particularly stubborn stains, dirty workwear or washable nappies to tackle, you may want to consider using Soda Crystals Laundry Boost which has added oxygen bleach.

“Alternatively, you can use Liquid Soda Crystals on tricky areas, such as grubby collars, cuffs and underarms!”



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