Laundry Stripping Is A Disgusting (Yet, Oddly Satisfying) Way To Get Your Linens Cleaner

Even though the social media app “TikTok” is famous of it’s dancing and lip-sync challenges, users have been sharing their home projects during the pandemic lately. The latest viral trend is towel stropping (a subset of laundry stripping).

In the videos, people fill their bathtubs with hot water, throw in some cleaning solutions, then soak towels in the mixture for a few hours. The process pulls out all the gross buildup in your towels, leaving a sort of murky brown or gray water in your tub. The videos claim that after stripping your towels, they will be cleaner than ever before.

Soooooo…. what exactly is laundry stripping?

The process of removing buildup (think: residue) from detergents and softeners, minerals from hard water, oil, dirt, and bacteria and other gross things from your fabrics.

How do you strip your laundry?

WHAT YOU NEED: Clean towels, borax, washing soda (AKA sodium carbonate) and laundry detergent.

STEP ONE: Fill your bathtub/sink/bucket with hot water.
STEP TWO: Add borax, washing soda and laundry detergent in a 1:1:2 ratio.
STEP THREE: Completely submerge your towels in the mixture and soak until the water has cooled (usually a few hours), stirring occasionally.
STEP FOUR: Drain the dirty water (it’s satisfying and gross to see).
STEP FIVE: Run your towels through a rinse-only cycle in your washing machine.
STEP SIX: Tumble dry (no dryer sheets!).

Danielle Tufano

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