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The Ultimate Guide to Laundry Stripping with Borax, Washing Soda, and Laundry Soap

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

Laundry stripping. An affordable way to clean your laundry.

Laundry stripping is a hot topic in the world of cleaning, and for a good reason. It's a powerful method to deep clean your clothes, removing built-up dirt, grime, and detergent residues that regular washing might miss. Know that when stripping colored fabric, some colors will run so only include with like colored material. In this guide, we'll explore the art of laundry stripping using three key ingredients: borax, washing soda, and laundry soap. Get ready to revive your laundry and enjoy fresher, cleaner clothes! As an Amazon affiliate, I may make a small commission from your purchase.

What You'll Need

Before we dive into the process, let's gather the essentials:

  1. Borax: Borax, also known as sodium borate, is a natural mineral that can help break down stubborn stains and odors. Here is the Borax that I use.

  2. Washing Soda: Washing soda, or sodium carbonate, is a powerful alkaline cleaner that enhances the cleaning process. Note: washing soda is not the same as baking soda. Here is the washing soda that I use.

  3. Laundry Soap: Choose a laundry soap of your preference, whether it's liquid, powder, or even a DIY soap recipe. I like these pods because they create less waste.

  4. Hot Water: You'll need hot water to activate the cleaning power of these ingredients.

The Stripping Process

  1. Prepare Your Laundry: Start by selecting the laundry you want to strip. This method is especially effective for items that tend to hold onto odors or have accumulated residue over time, such as towels, bed linens, and workout clothes.

  2. Fill a Bathtub or Container: Find a large tub or container that can accommodate your laundry. Fill it with enough hot water to fully submerge your clothes.

  3. Add the Ingredients: Here's the key to successful laundry stripping:

  1. Soak Your Laundry: Place your clothes into the solution, making sure they're completely submerged. Allow them to soak for 4-6 hours, or even overnight for heavily soiled items.

  2. Agitate and Rinse: After soaking, agitate the water to release any dirt and residues. Drain the water and rinse your laundry thoroughly with cold water until all cleaning agents are removed.

  3. Machine Wash: Finally, run your stripped laundry through a regular washing cycle with detergent to ensure any remaining residue is gone

Here's what the tub looked like when I was done stripping my daughters blanket. Some of that is dye but you can clearly see the dirt. Her blanket has never smelled so fresh and clean! Happy cleaning friends!!

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