Tired of trying and failing to re-create the same results at home?
Over the last 4+ years of working in the commercial laundering trade, I have picked up a few little tricks from our chemical providers.
I thought it was time to share some of this insider knowledge with you.
I mean, why keep the good stuff to ourselves?!
The Top 5 Secret Laundry Hacks
(Ssshh - Top Secret!)
1. Super [Cheap] Soakers
Soakers are mostly made up of an 'oxy-bleach' chemical known as percarb or SODIUM PERCARBONATE. Its used in the wine / beer industry for cleaning lines and vats.
Most laundry 'soakers' are actually a mix of Sodium Percarbonate and Sodium Bicarbonate (or Bicarb / Baking Soda to us Mums) and some mineral salts.
Top Tip: Buy a bulk bag of sodium percarbonate from a wholesaler. Mix this compound in equal parts with sodium bicarbonate (Baking Soda). This mix creates a cheap bulk laundry soaker that is suitable for colours and whites alike.
2. Stain Removers
Stain removers with oxygen action are basically just equal parts of peroxide, water with a dash of a surfactant (aka soap) to help it stick where you want it to ( on the stain).
You can easily make it yourself at home!
In our commercial laundry, we use 50% strength peroxide which is considered a 'dangerous good' for transport purposes and is HIGHLY caustic. It is the best however you can use 25% strength or even 12% (which is what you buy over the counter at pharmacies).
Top Tip: Mix equal parts distilled water and peroxide. Add a good slurp of dishwashing detergent or liquid laundry detergent. Shake before using. Use within 3 months.
3. Stretch Your Detergent Dollar With Cheap Boosters!
Do you know how many fillers and extra chemicals you're paying for in that fancy-schmancy laundry powder? Too many to name here that's for sure!
Make your powdered laundry detergent stretch further by mixing with some cheaper boosters.
Sodium Bicarbonate (Bicarb / Baking Soda) is a very effective in wash booster for detergent and you can buy a concentrate powder and mix it 70/30 with bicarb without noticing a difference in results. 50/50 is fine too - for lighter soiling.
Top Tip: Add either 1/2 cup of sodium bicarbonate (Bicarb Soda / Baking Soda), washing soda crystals or Ammonia to boost washing powder effectiveness and halve the costs of your fancy powdered detergent
4. Fluffy Towels
Towels (and indeed any type of textile) can get filled with soap residue that does not wash out thoroughly enough. When dried, this soap residue gets hard and crusty giving you tough and rough towels.
Strip the soap residue off with a mild acid solution (i.e. acetic acid or vinegar / lemon juice) and then dry as normal. Voila!
Top Tip: Add one full cup of vinegar or lemon juice (not on dark colours) - instead of using fabric softener - in the final rinse water to remove soap scum and residue.
Air dry the towels until just damp to save on power, then pop them into the dryer as usual and voila - fluffy towels!
5. Suds Overload
Did you overload your machine with detergent and now you have suds everywhere?
We had this happen on a grand scale several times... to the point where the machines went into 'suds lock' which means they stopped moving or working because the suds were so thick. They were like marshmallows!
Top Tip: To clear any machine of excessive suds (dishwashers included!) just pour in a cup of fabric softener and continue the cycle. BAM! Suds are gone!
For suppliers of bulk products listed above, please contact my laundry team here and they will gladly point you in the right direction :)
Lots of love,