STOP, and get your mind out of the gutter. I am talking about laundry stripping.
Have you ever heard of laundry stripping?
The first time I heard about it was back in March. I thought it was kind of silly. To me, it sounded like it was just like soaking your clothes using the soak cycle on your washing machine. But a lot more work.
In theory, this is supposed to help pull out dirt and particles and leftover residue from soap that's been pushed down inside the fibers of your clothing.
That sounds like a whole lot of work when I could just put the clothes in my washing machine and use the soak cycle. Right?
Well, I had some free time one day and decided I would check it out to see what it was all about. Ok, that’s a lie. For some odd reason, my towels just smelt odd. And I thought I would give this stipping thing a try.
Can I say it was one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen in my entire life? From now on I will be stripping clothes, sheets, and towels often.
So here is the process:
Start with clean clothes. Fill your tub with hot water.
The water needs to be hot enough to dissolve the Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, and laundry soap
Add 1 part- Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda and 2 parts Laundry Detergent and dissolve all of that inside of your bathtub with the hot water.
1/4 cup borax
1/4 cup baking Washing Soda
½ cup of laundry detergent you
Pro tip: dissolve this in a pan on the stove. That way you don't have to bend over and knock out your back trying to dissolve all of this stuff.
Add your clothes into the bathtub. Push them into the water, squish them around to get the water, and the soap suds down into the clothes. You walk away and let the clothes sit and soak there until the water gets cool. Once the water is cooled down, throw your clothes in the washing machine and run the rinse cycle.
I typically start this process in the morning. Let the clothes soak for the day and then walk away until that evening. Then I would throw them in the washing machine on a rinse cycle and dry them.
Let me just tell you that the water when you pull the clothes out is so disgusting it makes you want to do this every time you do a load of clothes.
So tell me have you ever stripped your clothes?