Cleaning fans say 'game-changing' product will whiten socks and remove tough stains

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White laundry and dirt are a bad combination. Keeping your white clothes clean is usually straightforward, but socks can be a different story.

Socks often become dirty, dull, and stained after just a few uses, so knowing how to freshen them up is crucial.

Instead of reaching for the bleach to whiten and remove stains, cleaning buffs have suggested a more natural approach using soda crystals.

Katherine Cerpa shared a photo of her brown-stained white socks on the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips and Tricks Facebook page, saying: "These socks just came out of the washer. They were washed with warm water and soaked with OxiClean.

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"Please give me some recommendations to remove these brown stains and make them look whiter," reports the Express.

Her post sparked over 160 responses, with many detailing how to use soda crystals to whiten and remove sock stains.

Jane Ireland advised: "Soda crystals are really good and you can get them from most supermarkets and on Amazon.

"Depending on how stained they are, add half a cup to one cup of soda crystals to the washing machine and put it on a 60-degree wash."

Natasha Smith, a mum of six, commented: "I'm a mum of five boys and one girl and I always use soda crystals on their white socks. It's game-changing."

Michelle Walker added: "Soda crystals. It's amazing stuff. It gets my blokes socks looking new again. I just add the soda crystals straight in the washing machine drum."

Susan Wilson advised: "Get yourself some soda crystals. It's the best thing I've ever used to get my boy's grubby white socks up."

Recommendations came in thick and fast, with Alisha Dobbs chiming in: "Soak in soda crystals and then wash as normal. The brown stains will be gone and the socks will come out like new."

Adding her own success story, Debbie Powell shared: "I have two boys and used to have the same problem. Now I just add a scoop of soda crystals to every white wash and they are now lovely and white."

Not only are soda crystals effective for laundry challenges, but their versatility extends to unclogging drains, sprucing up washing machines, and even tackling stubborn stains.

For those looking to harness the powers of soda crystals in their laundry routine, just a tablespoon added to the usual detergent can work wonders on organic stains.

When dealing with particularly stubborn marks, pre-soaking in a strong solution of soda crystals and warm water for at least one hour before a regular wash has been recommended.

The beauty of soda crystals lies in their suitability for every wash. Just toss the recommended amount into the detergent drawer or straight into the drum alongside your normal powder.

Users of liquid detergent should pour the soda crystals into the drawer if they usually place liquid in the drum, and vice versa, ensuring the two do not mix and clump together.