Laundry Stripping

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Get ready to be grossed out.  In kind of a good way…

I’ve stripped almost everything textile in the house! And here to tell you how it went.

Here’s what you need:

Supplies for Laundry Stripping

Here’s what I used for Laundry Stripping.
1 cup powdered Detergent, 1/2 cup Borax, 1/2 cup Washing Soda.












For a Soaker tub use

For Standard Bath or Laundry Tub

Steps & Tips:

  • Fill tub with Hot tap water and add all detergents
  • use back end of broom to stir it up
  • submerge clothes – (I sorted them by colour.
  • Soak for min 4 hours. Check and stir every hour
  • After 4 hours, ring out the clothes and wash in washing machine NO SOAP.
  • Stare at the disgusting water that’s left!


  • Water turns grey almost immediately after clothes are submerged
  • Your hands will feel very sticky after handling the clothes (even after washing them, for a few days)
  • Dark clothes water seemed to get very black, perhaps from dye seeping out, however any dark clothing that had white trim or ties didn’t get ruined.
  • Grimiest was jeans, leggings and cotton T-Shirts.
  • 2nd grimiest was dish cloths, towels & oven mitts.
  • There is a bit of a smell. (ya, it’s gross, not super bad, but we opened the windows)

Before/After Photos

The tubs started out like this each time:

Before Laundry Stripping

Standard Tub Before Laundry Stripping

Tub before Laundry Stripping

Soaker Tub before Laundry Stripping














After 4 hours light towels

After 4 hours of soaking Light Towels

After 4 hours of soaking Light Towels – Laundry Stripping














After 4 hours of soaking Darks – Leggings, T-Shirts, Sweat Shirts

After 4 hours of soaking Darks - Laundry Stripping

After 4 hours of soaking Darks – Laundry Stripping














  • softer clothes
  • darks appear darker
  • some whites appeared whiter
  • didn’t remove stains
  • clothes felt lighter
  • less stiff when wearing (especially jeans)
  • all laundry smelled SUPER fresh, even though no soap was used in the final wash.

Laundry stripping while technically time consuming, it will take you a few days to get through everything. However,  you really can just set it and forget it, stirring it up a few times throughout the process. You will have a giant mound of folding to do after.  I could see doing this once a year.

I’ll let you know next year if the water is less disgusting!


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