DanburyBowhunter wrote:Let me preface this post with letting you know I am a chemist.
In order to get things truly clean, dirt and oil free, you need soap. This is because soap forces things that don't like water to to into the wash water and down the drain. Detergents stop things in water from redepositing on your clothing. Baking soda will help essentially working like a gentle oxygen bleach. So, I would recommend laundry detergent of some type. With or without baking soda I see no chemical/functional reason to say either way is better so personal choice should rule that one.
Based on the above, with the detergent doing it's job of cleaning the clothes, as well as stopping things from redepositing on the clothes, wouldn't the baking soda be a wasted effort, since the soap may prevent it from depositing on the clothes? I thought the baking soda was meant to absorb or neutralize any scent on the clothes. If the soap washes it down the drain, would the baking soda be doing anything if combined with the soap?