If you’re an adult, washing your clothes, linens, and other textiles is probably second nature to you. However, in a now-viral video, TikTok user @MrsLaurenElms reveals that the average wash-and-dry routine may not be doing enough to get your laundry clean. Her solution for truly clean laundry? A little thing called laundry stripping.
In the TikTok, the video’s creator can be seen pouring a combination of Borax, Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, and powdered Tide detergent into a bathtub full of water, followed by a large load of towels. After agitating the towels and leaving them for five hours, she returns to discover the tub full muddy-looking brown water. While she says that many people have claimed that she’s simply seeing the result of a chemical reaction, experts say that laundry stripping is the real deal.
“It can remove body oil buildup and gives a fresh, new feeling [to textiles],” explains Elizabeth Mullans, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Houston, Texas. Mullans says that laundry stripping is even a great choice for those with sensitive skin, as the traditional powder detergent used in the TikTok can be swapped out for one that’s free of colors and fragrances while ridding your linens of dirt and other substances that could cause a reaction.
If you do choose to strip your laundry, Mullans says that the TikTok recipe is right—a combination of one part Borax, one part washing soda, and two parts your preferred laundry detergent, will do the trick—and a clean bathtub or large bucket are your best bet to do it in, stirring the mixture occasionally over the course of four hours. When this is done, Mullans recommends washing and drying your textiles the way you would normally. And while laundry stripping may be great for getting deep grime out of your sheets and towels, Mullans doesn’t recommend it for every garment.
“You may want to stick to white bath towels and bed sheets,” says Mullans. “If you do try the method on colorful clothing, avoid mixing a red shirt with white socks—or else you could end up with accidentally dyed clothing.” Mullans also notes that doing this with delicate items may damage them.
However, laundry stripping isn’t the only viral cleaning hack that really works. Read on to discover what cleaning professionals say you should actually try when you’re cleaning your home. And for more great cleaning tips, try these Genius Tricks That Will Cut Your Cleaning Time in Half.
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