What is Laundry Stripping? The bizarre new trend taking TikTok by storm - Dexerto

What is Laundry Stripping? The bizarre new trend taking TikTok by storm

Published: 29/Oct/2020 22:59

by Virginia Glaze


TikTok is home to a slew of viral trends, having birthed everything from the ‘Savage’ dance to tasty hacks for your morning coffee — and now, users are sharing a seriously satisfying way to do your laundry.

It’s called “laundry stripping,” and it’s more than just a wash cycle on “perm press.” While this method of cleaning linens and towels has been around for a while, it seems to have just caught on to TikTok, and it has become all the rage among its users.

What is laundry stripping?

Laundry stripping refers to a method of cleaning fabrics, which requires combining a few key ingredients in a bathtub or other large container and leaving it to sit for several hours, while making sure to stir it every so often (not unlike a good stew or sauce).

The most satisfying part about laundry stripping is getting to see how much dirt and grime have separated from the linens into the water — something we usually don’t see in the days of washing machines.

How to strip your laundry

It’s not as sexy as it sounds. For those wanting to try the viral cleaning method, they’ll need:

  • Borax
  • Powdered laundry detergent
  • Washing soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • And a bathtub!

In essence, all you’ll need to do is combine the ingredients in hot water and leave your towels or linens in the mixture to soak for four to five hours, although the exact time varies from TikTok to TikTok. According to Taste of Home’s Erica Young, the exact recipe is:

“Add one part Borax, one part washing soda and two parts laundry detergent. For a bathtub, we recommend ¼ cup borax, ¼ cup washing soda and ½ cup detergent.”

@mack42kStriping our towels: they came up so much brighter and feel so nice ##foryou ##foryoupage ##fyp ##laundry ##laundrystriping ##cleaning ##cleaningszn♬ original sound – mackenzie

Is laundry stripping safe?

As told by Tide senior scientist Jennifer Ahoni in an interview with CNN earlier this year, no. Claiming that there are certainly less time-consuming and better methods to get your laundry clean, she also states that most of the “grime” we see in the bathtub is actually residue from leftover cleaning products — not dirt, as users have hoped.

@baxtermammaBack at it. Stripping laundry is my guilty pleasure ##laundrystriping ##handyhelper ##diy ##momlife ##fyp♬ Let’s Do It Again – J Boog

“I would not recommend that people do laundry stripping regularly,” she warned. “The hot water temperature can be damaging to fabrics and prematurely age them. It can also cause dye loss on some fabrics.”

Laundry stripping, if you do hope to try it, is best performed on hardy items like towels and sheets, rather than delicate materials like your favorite sweater or those lace doilies your grandma made.


AriaSaki explains how Disguised Toast helped her out of a “dark place”

Published: 26/Nov/2020 16:12

by Alice Hearing


Twitch streamer AriaSaki has revealed DisguisedToast helped her when she was “In a very dark place,” in a heartbreaking tweet on his birthday.

Aria is a Twitch streamer and cosplayer known for playing League of Legends. Aria is close friends with Jeremy “DisguisedToast” Wang, a hugely popular Canadian streamer, YouTuber, and Internet personality of OfflineTV.

Aria shocked fans on November 25, tweeting: “A month ago I was in a very dark place and planned to end it all. Toast reached out to me, talked to me till 6 AM to make sure I was ok.

“[Toast] invited me to OTV for healing and ultimately saved ‘AriaSaki’. You have him to thank for me being here today. HBD Toast.”

Fans left an outpouring of support in response to Aria’s tweet. One person said they were astounded by DisguisedToast’s kindness, writing “stop I’m gonna cry this is so cute toast is such a good guy & I’m glad you’re okay aria!”

The tweet itself has gone viral, amassing more than 170,000 likes and attracting the attention of several other influencers all expressing their concern and expressing their thanks to DisguisedToast.

Fellow streamer Renniesaurus responded, writing “Aria, I’m so glad that Toast was able to help you… I’m happy to have been able to meet you and call me your friend.”

Thankfully, it seems that Aria is now happier, and Disguised Toast has a new level of respect from his fans.