Dri-Pak is renowned for its range of traditional laundry products. Soda Crystals (aka Washing Soda) have been used for over 100 years as a water softener, stain remover and in-wash additive. The core product has been enhanced by the creation of a ‘Laundry Boost’ version with the addition of oxygen bleach and surfactants.
Although Borax is no longer available in the EU, Dri-Pak is pleased to offer a Borax Substitute which offers all the same benefits for gentle washing of delicate garments.
The traditional soap flakes have now been brought into the 21st Century with the introduction of pure Liquid Soap Flakes, offering all the advantages whilst being even easier to use.
Soda Crystals and Borax Substitute can be used to soften water, loosen dirt and dissolve grease. Adding Soda Crystals or Borax to your general detergent will soften the water. This in turn means that you will need to use less of your usual washing powder. Borax has the added benefit of providing a mild whitening effect.
Liquid Soap Flakes are ideal for woollens, delicates and special breathable waterproof fabrics. With no detergents or perfumes, they are also ideal for adults, children and particularly babies in which sensitive skin is a concern; they are also preferred by people with conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Click on the links below for tips and instructions on how to tackle common laundry tasks.
If you have hard water, add 500ml of White Vinegar or 250g of Citric Acid to the drum, and run an empty cycle on the longest hottest wash. This will eliminate any limescale and detergent from the pipes, leaving your washing machine sparkling and working more efficiently. This should be repeated every four to eight weeks to ensure unpleasant odours and bacteria do not accumulate.
To avoid staining:
Regularly spray underarm areas with White Vinegar before washing as normal.
To remove set-in stains:
Soak the affected areas in a Citric Acid solution of one tablespoon to 250ml water and leave to treat overnight before washing as normal.
The original water softener and grease remover. Use them in-wash or as a pre-wash to remove greasy grime from garments.
Liquid Soda Crystals:
A pre-wash stain remover. Add it directly to the stain, wait 10 minutes then wash as normal.
Soda Crystals Laundry Boost:
A powerful in-wash stain remover and water softener with a gentle whitening action. Add it to your normal detergent, or use it as a pre-wash.
Liquid Soap Flakes:
Can be used direct in the washing machine for woollens and delicate fabrics; they are also ideal for people with sensitive skin and allergies.
- Use a bucket with a lid to store soiled nappies. You can also use a mesh liner so that the nappies can be moved without you having to touch them.
- Periodically sprinkle Bicarbonate of Soda into the bucket to deodorise it.
- Prior to washing, soak the nappies in a hot solution of Soda Crystals or Laundry Boost to remove stains.
- Use a non-biological washing powder or liquid. Biological detergents are
more likely to irritate a baby's sensitive skin. Add Soda Crystals to the wash to soften the water and aid cleaning - you will need far less detergent. Soda Crystals Laundry Boost provides extra power to clean dirty or stained nappies.
- For babies with very sensitive skin, use Liquid Soap Flakes and a scoop of
Soda Crystals in place of detergent. Liquid Soap Flakes contain only pure soap and gently clean without fragrances or detergents that can irritate skin. To prevent the nappies from losing absorbency, clean them in an occasional hot wash with a White Vinegar rinse to eliminate any build-up of soap.
- Fabric softeners can leave a residue on the fabric that affects their
absorbency. Use White Vinegar instead; it's a great natural alternative to fabric softener!
- Periodically run a hot wash using half a bag of Soda Crystals to eliminate any
smells and wash bacteria out of the machine.
Start by soaking your towels in a warm medium solution of Soda Crystals for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Once the towels have been rinsed, wash them in the machine as normal, ensuring you use the amount of detergent that’s recommended. Add half a cup of White Vinegar to the fabric conditioner section department in the drawer, when the machine is filling up with water. Finally, rinse and spin the towels well. Then dry them thoroughly on a washing line or in a tumble drier on medium heat.
- Add a scoop of Soda Crystals Laundry Boost to a bowl of warm water.
- Add the garment to the bowl and leave to soak for at least one hour.
- Wash as normal with a scoop of Soda Crystals Laundry Boost and reduce the level of detergent to that listed for soft water areas.
To neutralise odours on clothing, simply spray White Vinegar liberally over the item, paying particular attention to the most affected areas (such as underarms). Leave the clothes for 10-15 minutes before washing according to the garment care instructions.Wash with detergent and add Soda Crystals or Soda Crystals Laundry Boost for very dirty clothes; replace your fabric conditioner with White Vinegar which will remove odours and leave your clothes feeling soft.
Alternatively, add a cup of White Vinegar to the fabric softener compartment. This will help to banish odours and soften your laundry while removing limescale from the internal parts of the washing machine.