Get rid of stubborn clothing stains with this simple, eco-friendly, oil-infused recipe


OK, I have a confession to write. I’m lazy when it comes to cleaning. I love having a clean home, but the art of cleaning comes pretty low on my priority list. There are so many more exciting things to do in life!

Yet I’m also completely passionate about having a clean house – which is why I have a wonderful cleaner who cleans my home with all of my Thieves-infused cleaning products and essential oils.

As for the laundry – well, I do the washing and drying myself, using Young Living’s Thieves Laundry Liquid. But every now and then I’ll come across something that is really badly stained. It might be a pair of white sheets, or some white towels. And sometimes it doesn’t matter how many times I wash it, or how hot the water is, I just can’t get that stain out.

So you can imagine how excited I was to read this amazing trick for getting even the worst stains out of fabric.

WARNING: You only want to do this with light-coloured clothing and other fabrics that you can wash in a hot cycle in the machine. Don’t do this with delicates, or with fabrics where the colours might run.

How to Strip your Laundry!!!

Fiona M. writes: This is really embarrassing to show these photos, but I just wanted to share what I have done. For those that don’t know me I am a clean freak, so this has blown me away with this experiment. I noticed on an oily facebook page that people were talking about “stripping” their laundry.

I had never heard of stripping your laundry! It’s used to get rid of deeply set stains, germs, particulates and general muck. It’s most frequently used for gym clothes, cloth diapers, sheets and towels. If the clothes have ever been washed with commercial cleaning soaps and cleaners or have had fabric softener used on them, they probably have a build-up of residue, deep in the fibres.


So today I gave this a go in my bath tub, and look at that water! It is disgusting, I still can’t believe it…in fact, I’m in shock!!!


The Thieves “Stubborn Stain Remover” Formula

So here’s how to strip your laundry using Young Living’s Thieves products. Firstly, you fill the bath with the hottest water possible (I added 1 boiling kettle of water too).

Then you add:

  • 1 cup washing soda (found in the supermarket laundry aisle – not to be confused with baking soda)
  • 30ml (2 Tablespoons) of Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 1 tablespoon of Thieves Laundry Soap
  • 15 drops of DiGize essential oil

Soak your clothes or fabrics for at least 4 hours or until the water cools. After you’ve finished soaking them, pop them in the washing machine and wash them with plain water (no additional Laundry Soap needed). Then just dry them as normal.

The first photo below is me filling the tub. The photo under that is the water one hour after I started the stripping. And the photo on the right shows what the water looked like just before I took the sheets out.

I am so pleased with the results! The sheets look like new again. I can see I am going to be doing a lot more soaking!!!

Karen A. writes: Hubby still uses Nappy San for his whites, and I’ve been wanting to try a natural alternative for a long time but have never got around to it.

I used this recipe that Fiona shared above, and soaked everything from 9am to 3pm. Then everything just got washed in plain water after, and dried as normal.


Here are my results…Guess what? Hubby is very happy with the results!


Rhonda S. writes:
This recipe works a treat! I have tried whites only (cotton or bamboo blend, sheets, cotton shirts or singlets). Add water, then the stripping mixture, then clothes. Prod any corners into the water with a wooden spoon, long tongs, etc. Actually I use my washing machine and leave everything soaking in there for about 4 hours. Then I do a normal wash without adding any more laundry liquid and it comes out fresh and bright!!!

Michelle M. writes:
I’ve done this with my bedsheets before. I’ve also added some Thieves Fruit & Veggie soak to the mix, because it has enzymes in it that help to lift stains.

Simone J. writes:
I made the Laundry Stripping recipe this week….very similar to this recipe above, except on a 4 litre scale. I was very sceptical because its largest quantity ingredient is water. But I must say I am loving the freshness and cleanliness of the clothes and bedding.

It’s quite exciting and unbelievable – each wash I am still surprised at how well it is washing!!!

I use a slightly adapted recipe as follows:

  • 1/4 cup Thieves Laundry Soap
  • 1/4 cup Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 20 drops of essential oil of choice – I chose Lemon oil
  • Fill a 4 litre drink jar (with spout) with filtered water

Fiona M. writes:
I have just had another success!!! I stripped some really old sheets which I was going to throw out. I had already purchased brand new ones about 2 months ago, so I did a comparison. Check out the difference in colour in the old sheet before and after stripping – this is so exciting!!!

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