To eliminate the stale smell in handwashables:
- Soak them in 4 tablespoons baking soda and a quart of water.
- Rinse well.
- Squeeze out the solution.
- Air dry.
Prevent nylon items from yellowing by adding baking soda to both the wash and rinse water.
Yellowed linens can be brightened by adding 4 tablespoons baking soda to the wash water.