If your normal detergent isn't making the cut, don't just toss away a half-full bottle and run out to get an expensive name brand. All you need to whip your laundry detergent into shape is a little help from your pantry.
Adding baking soda to a washing machine's rinse cycle will help your clothes become more thoroughly rinsed, and they will resist the stain buildup that can sometimes come with hard water. The baking soda helps the detergent work better and acts as a deodorizer for some of those rougher-smelling clothes. They'll also feel softer -- another bonus! Cleaner clothes, softer fabric and no extra money spent -- you can't beat that!