This simple method of how to strip your laundry will literally change your life and rock your world! Powdered Tide, Borax, Arm & Hammer Washing Soda, and Calgon for laundry stripping 101!
Ok. This is a super random but not so random non-food-related post. Laundry Stripping 101. All about how to strip your laundry - everything and anything you need to know about it.
If you follow me on Instagram then a couple of weeks ago you saw me sitting in my bathroom stirring a tub full of black absolutely filthy water with clothes in it.
You can watch my full story highlights how to strip your laundry here!
Lets back up to give you the context.
I had seen someone I follow on Instagram "strip their laundry" on their stories. I thought she was crazy. I had never ever heard of this before. But I was intrigued so I watched everything.
She was stripping her running clothes, which I know she runs a lot, so I was even more intrigued. At the end of the 2-minute long story, I was running out to my car to go find everything I needed to start stripping everything in our home. ?#truth
You see, for the past 4 years, I have STRUGGLED to figure out how to get the horrid smell out of our workout clothes.
Our running pants, shorts, shirts, tanks, and sports bras get LOTS OF LOVE! Working in a gym and coaching track and field for the past 10 years, plus being an avid runner and lifter myself, I live in my workout clothes. It's what I wear 90% of the time.
There is also no one on this planet who sweats more than Justin Bilyeu, so his clothes get equally as much love.
I will also preface this by saying all of our workout gear is Lululemon. I use to work for them a couple of years ago (it was such a fun job and I miss it sometimes) and I swear up and down by their products. They are in investment - trust me I know. From someone who doesn't love to spend money on herself, take it from me this is all I wear and for good reason.
Since I do live in these clothes, pre-Lululemon I would have to replace pants, shorts, etc. on a yearly basis. I have my Fast & Free Tights which is the ONLY thing I will run in for 4 years and they still look brand new still.
That comes from not only the quality of their products but I take such good care of them.
This goes for any workout gear you have. You should NEVER I repeat NEVER dry your Lululemon or any workout clothes you have. You are basically pouring money down the drain by doing that.
Always wash them
- on cold
- delicate cycle
- no fabric softener
- no drying
That is the key to washing and taking care of your workout clothes, Luluemon clothes, and how to get them to last for a very long time.
Now back to the whole stripping your laundry deal.
Since you know understand how much our clothes get used, worn, and how obsessive I am about taking care of them. For 5+ years now I have been in an ongoing battle to figure out how to get the nasty smell out of them.
After a while, you literally can't get the funk out of your gym clothes. If you know you know. I have tried everything from
- hanging the worn clothes up to let the sweat completely dry before washing
- to hand washing
- to every single kind of laundry detergent, laundry beads, and everything in between
And I am sorry. "Natural and Clean" laundry detergent is THE WORST of them all!
I tried switching our laundry detergent over to more natural, cleaner, dye-free, and getting rid of anything that would give you cancer through your clothes, blah blah blah and nope. No thank you. Not for me.
Using natural laundry detergent on your workout clothes is like taking your soaked, sweaty, nasty a** clothes, putting them in water, swishing around, hanging to dry, and calling them washed and clean.
Where you ever a kid who hated getting baths at one point in your life so you would "pretend to bathe" by just sitting in the tub full of water, splashing around so your parents "could hear the water moving to know you were washing yourself" like you where suppose to, and then being dumb enough not to bother getting the bar of soap wet so you were totally busted and had to go back and bathe for real after?
Yeah, I did that. And that's also what using natural laundry detergent on your stinky workout clothes is like. Just don't do it.
So without making the background of my never-ending laundry endeavor any longer - let's get back to how stripping your laundry will solve all your stinky laundry woes.
Also, I did not come up with this method. After seeing my friend do this and digging around, I found out that @gocleanco is the master genius behind this all. This is her recipe and instructions. I just followed to a T and give her all the glorious laundry credit. Bless you @gocleanco! Bless you! YOU MUST FOLLOW HER NOW!
- What Does Laundry Stripping Mean?
- Laundry Stripping 101: How Do You Strip Your Laundry?
- How Do I Separate My Workout Clothes For Stripping?
- What Else Besides My Workout Clothes Did I Strip?
- Can I Strip Anything?
- Laundry Stripping Without Borax
- Can I Use Liquid Tide Instead of Powdered Tide?
- Where Did You Find All the Ingredients You Need To Strip Laundry?
- How Often Should I Strip My Laundry?
- How Do You Strip & Wash Bed Sheets?
- What If I am Allergic to Tide? What Else Can I Use?
What Does Laundry Stripping Mean?
Depending on where you live and how hard your water is, there is hard water build-up on your clothes over time. Who knew!
Also, there is soap build-up, and if you use fabric softener (which you shouldn't be on your workout clothes) that gets built up along with other random dirt and odors.
I honestly asked myself after all of this - what job does my washing machine actually do?!
Just kidding. But it doesn't make you wonder.
But over time, with wear and tear, these gross things get built upon our clothes making it hard to actually get them clean.
Which actually makes sense.
This process of laundry stripping helps remove all that junk so that your clothes are actually clean.
What a concept!
Laundry Stripping 101: How Do You Strip Your Laundry?
How to Strip Your Laundry - Ingredients & Supplies Needed:
All links above are Amazon affiliate links. These products can be found at Walmart or other stores for cheaper if need be.
Process of How to Strip Your Laundry:
- Fill your bathtub up with HOT HOT water. I like to run my facet for a couple of minutes to make sure it is super hot before shutting the drain.
- Dump your clean clothes inside. Yes clean. Grab them straight from the drawer and put them in the tub.
- Mix together the ingredients above and dump them into the tub filled with hot water and clothes.
- Using a sturdy spoon (a thick wooden spoon works but not on towels, think thick heavy-duty metal kitchen spoon) stir the clothes and laundry mixture together.
- Let soak for 4-6 hours, stirring every hour.
- After the time is up, wring each item out and place it in the washing machine. Run a load of laundry just like you normally would. ** Run a full cycle - not a quick wash AND you DO NOT have to add any SOAP since these have been sitting in the soap for hours.**
- Air dry as normal.
How Do I Separate My Workout Clothes For Stripping?
One of the biggest questions I got is how I separated everything when I did this and if anything bled.
The answer is both yes and no. This is how I did it.
- A load of all our running pants, shorts, & my tennis skirts.
- A load of my sports bras, our running tanks, and shirts.
- Separate small load in the sink of my white tops.
- Separate small load in the sink of my Lulumeon tanks that are Nulu, Pima Cotton, or a soft fabric in pinks, reds, and purples.
Did my clothes bleed?
Our first 2 loads of pants, shorts, tanks, and shirts - NO.
These fabrics are all sweat-wicking (or the breathable slick material) and do not bleed. Our pants and shorts are mostly dark colors anyways - but not our tops. I did not have any problems with this but this fabric does not bleed.
However, my loads of pinks/red/purples did. But they are a different softer material. So I figured they would and that's why I did them in the sink.
My whites I wanted to do separately because they are whites. And honestly, I was skeptical this would work and I have the hardest time keeping my whites, specifically Lululemon whites, looking bright and not dingy.
I have 3 white love tees, and 2 white swiftly's that looked horrible. Yellow pits, dirt all over my long sleeve thumbhole swiftly. And nothing I did would ever get the gray grime off of it or the tees not looking dingy. So this was a test to see if it would really work and OMG IT DID!
PRO TIP: if you own Lululemon Swiftys or any of their products with Anti-stink Silverescent® technology, then you CANNOT use Oxiclean on them. It had a weird reaction and causes stains that cannot be removed (without stripping them - which this removed all of that! ?? )
I WISH I had a before and after picture so bad. This was the true test knowing laundry stripping is gold and works! My white love tees look brand new and I got every gray dirty grimy dingy thing off my Swifty!
What Else Besides My Workout Clothes Did I Strip?
- White bed sheets and blanket
- White towels and wash cloths
- Kitchen towels and hot pads
- All of our underwear and my workout headbands
I want to do our dog's bed and toys next, pillows, beach towels, and socks next.
Can I Strip Anything?
As far as I know, any clothes that you wash can be stripped. @gocleanco even stripped her feather pillows which were wild!
Laundry Stripping Without Borax
Now. When I first did this I completely forgot to get Borax AANNNNDDD I was too lazy to go back to the store to get it.
So I used Fels-Naptha * instead.
Which if you have never heard of this or used it, go get yourself some now! It's 0.97 cents and is a must-have laundry ingredient for tackling stains! if you're a Fels-Naptha fan then you know!
I just took my lemon zester and shaved ¼ cup into the tub with the Arm & Hammer, Powdered Tide, and Calgon and it worked like a dream!
Can I Use Liquid Tide Instead of Powdered Tide?
This was the second most asked question I got and the answer is NO.
You need to use powdered Tide for this only.
Some people are allergic to Tide. If you are using another powdered laundry detergent. Tide is best and powder is a must.
Where Did You Find All the Ingredients You Need To Strip Laundry?
I found everything at Walmart!
Powdered Tide strangely was the hardest to find. I had to go to 2 Walmarts to find everything.
Kroger didn't have most of the stuff. Just go to Walmart.
How Often Should I Strip My Laundry?
Every 3 months for your workout clothes that are worn all the time.
Every 6-9 months for things like towels, blankets, etc.
How Do You Strip & Wash Bed Sheets?
Just follow the recipe above. Ours actually wasn't that bad. Which is a good thing I guess lol.
What If I am Allergic to Tide? What Else Can I Use?
I have seen several people tell me that they are allergic to powdered Tide. If that is the case try using Tide Free and Gentle * (still the powdered kind).
If that still doesn't work for you, try using any other hypoallergenic powdered laundry detergent. I have not done this so I am not sure if others will work the same or not. If you do use Tide Free and Gentle or another kind please let me know how it works!
Show Me Your Pics of How You Are Stripping Your Laundry!
Make sure to check out @gocleanco Instagram page for more info on laundry stripping AND if you're a clean freak like me you will be sucked into a 45-minute binge-watching of all of her highlights!
Also, check out my sweet friend Carrian of Oh Sweet Basil about her laundry stripping experience. She has before and after pictures that are INSANE!
Send me all your dirty water pics because I have been LOVING seeing them and connecting through how gross and dirty all of our clothes are! ?
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