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The Satisfying Trend of Laundry Stripping

Updated: May 19

Have you ever noticed that your bath towels smell a little funky after washing them, and you can't figure out why? Do they look a little dingy, or not feel as soft? Believe it or not, your towels, bedsheets and other garments may not be quite as clean as you think! Over time, detergent/fabric softener residue, hard water minerals, and natural body oils build up on garments like towels, bedsheets and gym clothes... causing them to look and/or smell not so desirable. So, what can be done about it?


LAUNDRY STRIPPING TO THE RESCUE!



WATCH MY LAUNDRY STRIPPING SEGMENT ON "HOUSTON LIFE" ON KPRC-TV



BEFORE (DIRTY TOWEL)



Laundry stripping is a thorough method of cleaning garments such as towels, bedsheets and more, and while it's a lengthy process, it actually doesn't require very much of your time. I must add that the results are satisfying!


Items Needed:

  • Borax

  • Washing Soda

  • Deep Cleaning Laundry Detergent

  • Large Wooden Spoon

  • Measuring Cups

  • Large Bucket, Sink or Basin

  • Dirty Garments

  • Optional: Rubber Gloves



Instructions:



  • Fill a container (such as a sink, basin or large bucket) with hot water

  • Add 1/4 cup Borax

  • Add 1/4 cup washing soda

  • Add 1/2 cup laundry detergent

  • Stir mixture until it dissolves completely

  • Add in dirty garments (such as towel, bedsheets or gym clothes)

  • Stir mixture

  • Let sit for 4 - 5 hours (or until the hot water cools), stirring occasionally

  • Remove garments and squeeze out all the excess water

  • Put garments on a cold water rinse cycle in a washing machine

  • Empty dirty water bucket/basin



  • Wash hands

  • Put garments in the dryer (without dryer sheets)

  • ENJOY your soft, fresh, vibrant garments!


CLEAN WATER BEFORE LAUNDRY STRIPPING




DIRTY WATER AFTER LAUNDRY STRIPPING


AFTER (CLEAN TOWEL)




* Do's and Don'ts of Laundry Stripping *

  • Do keep mixture away from children and pets

  • Do read the labels on your garments before laundry stripping

  • Don't soak whites and colors together unless you are sure the colors won't bleed

  • Don't strip delicate clothing or any garments that cannot be washed in hot water

  • Don't strip garments too often - I recommend once every few months, or less often as needed (laundry stripping too often can damage garments)

  • Don't use too much laundry detergent or fabric softener during normal washing (this can lead to increased residue build-up)

  • Don't overload your washing machine during normal washing








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