Have you ever washed your bed linens and noticed they still looked grungy? No one wants to put those sheets on display for their guests, even if they are fresh from the dryer! You may be interested in a technique that will leave your sheets brighter and whiter: laundry stripping. Here’s what you need to know. 

What Is Laundry Stripping? 

Cleaning professionals use a method of soaking bed linens to eliminate any lingering detergent, fabric softener, or other substances caused by hard water or body oils. Typically, towels and sheets get placed into a tub of hot water, borax, baking soda, and laundry detergent. They remain in this mixture until it is completely cooled, which takes about four to five hours.   

It’s a safe method, but the heat from the water can cause the dye from colored fabric to bleed, leaving you with brownish-gray water. The best types of fabrics for laundry stripping are whites, lights, and colorfast linens and towels.    

Have You Heard About Bluing? 

Another method of brightening your white linens is laundry bluing. Placing a bluing product in the washing machine along with your white items will add a blue hue to your fabrics. This hue creates the appearance of brighter, more vibrant white linens. It’s gentle on materials, helping extend the life of your bed linens and towels.  

Bluing can be added to the rinse cycle, too. However, if you choose to use this technique, you must pay close attention to the wash cycle. Set a timer to ensure you don’t miss the transition from wash to rinse. 

Getting Linens Ready for Company

Both methods will give your linens a brighter, whiter appearance. Your guests will appreciate the extra effort you took to prepare for their arrival. Their linens will have a fresh, just-washed smell that makes them feel at home. Everyone deserves to know they are sleeping on spotless, great-smelling bedding!   

While you take care of the linens, let us handle the rest. If you need help getting your home ready for guests, Maid Right can help! You can schedule recurring cleans that use our Maid Right Shield to remove 99.9% of germs from your home. Get in touch by visiting or calling (855) MAID-RIGHT.