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For tough stains pre-soak laundry in half a cup of Borax.

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Pre-Soak Tough Laundry Stains


Pre-soaking heavily soiled items with 20 Mule Team® Borax is a great way to fortify your detergent and help it get rid of tough stains.


20 Mule Team Borax helps your detergent lift stains — such as tomato sauce, oil, grease, grass, and ground-in dirt — off fabrics when used to pre-soak your clothes.


For tough stains and odors, pre-soak the clothes for 30 minutes in your washing machine with a 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax (or you can use 1 tablespoon per gallon of water for hand-washing).


For heavily soiled items, immediately flush with water and pre-soak items with a 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax per gallon of hot water for an hour or more before adding them to your washing machine.


In addition to pre-soaking you can also boost your detergent by adding a half cup of 20 Mule Team Borax to your wash.


Now that you’ve done all this work to get that stain out, learn how Borax also prevents stain particles from attaching to other items in your wash!