Washing Machine Water for the Garden, Baking Soda for Stains and Eliminating Fire Ants

Farming advice and folklore from MOTHER and her readers, including using washing machine water for the Garden, a baking soda solution for stains and eliminating fire ants using dry grits.

| June/July 1996

MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers share their farming advice, fun tips and country folklore, including watering the garden with washing machine water, a baking soda mix to remove stains and eliminating fire ants by feeding them dry grits. 

Farming Advice: Garden Washing Machine Water, Baking Soda for Stains and Eliminating Fire Ants

Wash Water Irrigation? 

My father-in-law and I put in a garden every year, but as anyone living in Kansas knows, our summers can get pretty hot. We had a drought last summer and had trouble conserving water and watering the garden. So we went to the hardware store and bought some PVC pipe which we hooked up to the drain on the washing machine. While washing the clothes, I also irrigated the garden so that all the crops could profit from this rig. The soap (which is biodegradable) also helped keep the bugs off the plants.

Chad Ratliff
Fort Scott, KS

Homemade Stain Remover 

To clean tough household stains, store this mix for future use in a large glass jar.

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