I saw this technique on TikTok a while ago (I know… I see everything on tiktok). The first video I saw was a mom using laundry stripping to clean her kid’s sports clothes. The point of laundry stripping is to get the extra gunk out of fabrics that our laundry machines can’t always get. So this would work well for exercise clothes, sheets, anything holding pet odor or smoke.
Small Mixing Bowl
First, mix together your borax, baking soda, and laundry detergent. The ratio for the mix is 1:1:2. For a bathtub size, I used 1/4C of borax and baking soda and 1/2C of laundry detergent. I mixed it together in small mixing bowl with a little bit of hot water so I could stir it and make sure there weren’t any clumps in my solution. Once my solution was mixed up, I ran a hot tub full of water. Then I poured my mixture in and swirled the water around so it would be evenly distributed.
Now that my bath was filled and had my cleaning solution in it, I put in some blankets and a vest that had a smoky smell from their previous owners. I made sure they fully absorbed the water, mixed them around a little bit and left them to soak. They soaked for 4 hours, stirring them around every half hour. When they were done soaking, the water had pulled a bunch of gunk out. You can see in my pictures that my blue vest did bleed a little bit, so be careful that if you do this you use like colors.
Next, drain the water and squeeze out the excess water. Then wash as usual and it should smell good as new!! I am so glad this worked as well as it did, especially for the blankets my dogs tend to steal as their own. 😊 As always, if you take any fun pictures or videos, tag me on Instagram @SmileMakePeopleWonder and use the hashtag #DandelionSmiles. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the next exciting idea