What is laundry stripping? Laundry stripping is the latest thing in laundry. Who knew laundry had trends? I actually think it has more to due with the trend toward natural and sustainable than how many different ways to wash a shirt. Laundry stripping is a method of washing that removes all detergent residue, fabric softner residue, hard water minerals and body oils from fabric. Most people who started laundry stripping were those who made their own laundry soap. Homemade laundry soap often does not completely rinse out of clothing. So overtime there is buildup which can also contribute to making your laundry dirtier and duller. Dirt can stick to the soap residue.
In order to strip the laundry fill a large tub with hot water, then add a mixture of borax, to washing soda and of detergent. (a ratio of 1 to 1 to 2). Wait till the mixture is dissolved. Then add laundry to soak. Soak until water is cool for several hours, mixing occasionally. As the wash soaks the oils and gunk should float to the surface. Then put your laundry through your washer on a water only no detergent cycle to finish cleaning. There are many different ratios out there for laundry stripping. This one I read in “Real Simple” magazine. Check online or You Tube for more advice and to see how it works.
There is some question of if you should put this mixture in with colored clothing or fine items. I will leave it up to the reader to decide what you wish to try. First do it to your towels and bed sheets to see if it effects color fastness. Then you can decide if you want to proceed beyond your heavy duty items. I personally would stick to towels and sheets myself. Happy Cleaning.