If your tennis shoes have seen better days, make a paste of baking soda and lemon juice, rub over your white tennis shoes and let your shoes dry in the sun. Wipe down with a soft water damp cloth for a finish that is bright white.
If you are trying to wash clothes that have been sprayed by a skunk try this mixture. Using a half-cup of Dawn dish liquid, a cup of baking soda, a cup of peroxide and a cup of vinegar, you will have fresh skunk free clothes in no time at all. You will be bleaching these clothes at the same time so if you are trying to get the skunk smell out of dark colors you may notice whiter areas on the fabrics.
You can use the water with baking soda that you were presoaking your clothes in to wipe down the inside of your garbage can to keep it fresh and clean, pour down the toilet for a fast freshener in the bathroom and down your drains to keep them fresh.
Sprinkle a little baking soda in the washer when you are going out of town for a week or longer. The baking soda will absorb all the moisture and sour smells from building in your laundry room while you are away.
Clean your washing machine
Use a baking soda and vinegar paste with an old toothbrush to clean under the washer and the dryer to pick up grease, dirt and lint left behind from the laundry on the floor.
Hard water deposits
You can use a baking soda and vinegar paste with a scrub brush to clean soap and hard water deposits off the top of your washer where the water splashes up.