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What is Laundry Stripping and Do You Need to Do It?

What is Laundry Stripping? Laundry stripping is a way of soaking that will eliminate any leftover detergent, fabric softener, body oils, and hard water minerals that builds up and collects on linens over time.  It is a lengthy process, requiring about 4 to 5 hours to complete.  Laundry stripping is suitable for any items that can handle high temperatures and because dyes tend to run in the process it works best on whites, lights, or colorfast items.  Dark and bright colored items can be stripped but should be done separately from light items to avoid colors running.

Is Laundry Stripping Effective? Laundry stripping is a great way to give towels, sheets, and clothing new life, but should not be necessary on a regular basis.  Though, when done correctly, just laundering items is enough for standard cleaning.

  1. Laundering clothing and textiles correctly includes:

  2. Using a good deep-cleaning detergent.

  3. Not overloading washing machine.

  4. Not using too much detergent or liquid softener.

  5. Adding borax or washing soda to a regular load in the washer to prevent reside and build-up.

  6. Using an ozone laundry system (like the San-O3-Wash system at our Downers Grove location.)

Laundry Stripping Step-By-Step Fill bathtub, sink or large buck with hot water. Add borax, washing soda and laundry detergent to the hot water in a 1:1:2 ratio. For bathtub ad ¼ cup borax, 1 /4 cup washing soda and ½ cut laundry detergent.

  1. Stir until mixture dissolves.

  2. Submerge clean items in the mixture.

  3. Soak until the water has cooled (typically takes about 4 hours.)

  4. Stir occasionally to release build-up.

  5. Drain the murky water.

  6. Launder items in a rinse-only cycle in washing machine.

  7. Tumble dry without dryer sheets.

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Skip the Strip and Do Your Laundry Right at Soap Opera Laundromats Whether you want to wash a small load or a large one, including your comforters and bedspreads, we have a washer size to fit your need. Additionally, we also offer Wash-Dry & Fold Laundry Services because we know you are busy, and your time has a DOLLAR value.  Enjoy your FREE time and Leave your Laundry with us. We’ll have it ready when you return to pick it up; take it home and put in your dresser drawers!

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