Stripping towels has been a huge discussion in our cleaning tips group, so I wanted to put the best information out there on how to strip your laundry. A couple of years back I went completely no tox with my cleaning methods and went super minimal with my wardrobe. It’s the most amazing feeling. I promote minimalism to the fullest if you’re looking for that deep connection with the unknown. Our laundry routine has become so simple over the years.
How To Strip Laundry Towels
To perform a successful laundry strip you’ll need to gather all of the dirty, built up towels that need stripping. You can either do this in a bath tub, large moving tote, sink or the washer.
The same method applies to sheets, blankets, clothing, work attire, etc.
Fill the tub or bucket with very hot water.
- washing soda
- powdered laundry detergent
Obviously do colors with colors and don’t test this on a fabric like silk or wool.
The ratio is 1:1:2, but you’re talking to a mama that doesn’t measure anything. I just eyeball it and voila.
Use 1/4 cup washing soda, 1/4 cup borax, and 1/2 cup powered detergent. I like using the Roma brand but you can get away with using any.
Washing soda is not baking soda. Although I do clean my towels with just baking soda sometimes.
Washing soda is sodium carbonate (Na2CO3), and is chemically different from baking soda, which is the common name for sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) –via.
Or You Can Use Branch Basics (video below)
Gather Laundry You’re Stripping
Fill the tub with hot water. I live in an apartment with very little hot water so sometimes I warm at least 2 pots full of hot water to add to the tub water. I have also done this the lazy way by sticking the towels in the washer and filling with water. Turn the washer off. If you have a wash machine that might drain the water because of a sensor, this is not the way to go.
Do not try and do a ton of pieces at one. I would separate as much as possible and do a max of 5 bath towels to get the most out of this washing session.
Add Ingredients To Hot Water
Some people pour the ingredients on the clothing or towels, I don’t recommend doing that. Dump into the water beforehand.
Start adding towels one by one and making sure they are tucked into the water, swirl around after a few hours.
You’ll begin to see the dirty water erupt. Uck.
Leave the towels in the water for 8 hours.
Wash the towels again with just hot water. You can add a little soap but don’t use laundry soap in excess. One teaspoon is all that’s needed. Enjoy.