How to Pre-Soak Your Laundry with Borax

How to Pre-soak laundry with Borax

Stains are such a chore. They’re an inevitable fact of life, especially during the holidays. Our clothes and fabrics are just magnets for tomato sauce, grease, grass, dirt, and even blood. But it’s alright – it’s actually pretty easy to get rid of those tough stains with borax.

Here's what you need

  • Borax
  • Warm water


Dissolve 1/2 cup of borax for every gallon of warm water

For any stain, just pre-soak your laundry items for about 30 minutes in the borax solution. For tougher stains, flush the clothes and fabrics with water first before pre-soaking in hot water. Then don’t forget to add even more borax to your wash to boost your laundry detergent’s cleaning power!

The reason why borax is so effective is because of its pH. Stains are often acidic in nature, and borax brings acids closer to base. This means borax breaks down stains on a molecular level. How cool is that! But borax doesn’t fight every type of stain, mostly it deals with grease or oil stains, fatty or protein stains, etcetera. But that isn’t all!

Can stains “jump” from fabrics in the wash?

Oh, absolutely! You see, laundry detergent lifts the stains and dirt from your fabrics while they’re tumbling around. But that doesn’t mean the dirt is gone! In fact, the dirt is tumbling around in there while the detergent is busy trying to break it down. But while it’s trying to do this, the stain and dirt can get re-deposited back onto a different fabric altogether. That’s not good.

Borax fights stain jumping.

Asides from breaking down acidic or protein-based dirt, borax also maintains a negative electrostatic charge between the fabrics and dirt. This makes it so they repel each other while in the wash, and keeps dirt and soil from getting re-deposited onto your clothes and fabrics. And all you had to do was simply pre-soak your laundry with borax. Science is truly amazing.