Branch Basics Laundry Instructions

These laundry instructions are the method we suggest for incorporating Branch Basics Concentrate into your laundry routine. Typically, if stains are properly pretreated, 1 teaspoon of Branch Basics Concentrate is adequate even for larger, tougher loads.

Branch Basics Laundry: Top-Loading Machines

For top-loading machines, add 1-2 teaspoons of Concentrate to your washing machine as it fills with water. Add your laundry and wash as you normally would.

Branch Basics Laundry: Front-Loading Machines

For front-loading machines (HE or High Efficiency), first mix 1-2 teaspoons of Concentrate with 2 cups of water and pour into the detergent drawer of your machine before you start the load.  This ensures that the concentrate (since it is such a small amount) will reach the laundry as the cycle begins. Without enough water, the concentrate will not fully travel through the dispensing mechanism. After adding the concentrate and water, add your laundry and wash as normal. Some customers like to pre-mix the concentrate with water in a jar to keep near their washing machine. This method works well – just shake before each use!

Note: local water quality varies by municipality and regions; “hard” water (high in minerals) will require more Concentrate than “soft” water. For more tips on using Branch Basics cleaning concentrate with hard water, check out Optimize Your Branch Basics Cleaning Experience

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Pretreat Stains.  Add 2-4 ounces of All-Purpose solution to hot OR cold water in bucket or washing machine. Soak for 15-30 minutes…this does the cleaning! Agitate and rinse well or wash in the gentle cycle.

Official Branch Basics Stainmaster Guide: How to Treat Any Stain Quickly and EasilyStains

For stains, or particularly greasy laundry, pre-treat by spraying All-Purpose on the stain, agitating, then, if necessary soaking 15 minutes to overnight. Machine wash per instructions above. See our full Stainmaster Guide to learn the ins and outs of many common (but tricky) stains. Again, hard water may make a difference in your cleaning experience. For best results, pre-treat stains with Branch Basics Concentrate that is diluted with distilled or filtered water rather than tap water. For more information, check out Optimize Your Branch Basics Cleaning Experience.

Whitening and Brightening

For extra whitening and brightening, we recommend teaming Branch Basics Concentrate with one of the following to help keep whites white and to brighten clothes:

  • Branch Basics Oxygen Boost: 1 scoop (included) per load – great for neutralizing odors, deodorizing, whitening, and brightening
  • baking soda:½ to 1 cup per load to neutralize odors, soften fabrics, and boost cleaning
  • “20 Mule Team Borax”: ½ – 1 cup per load
  • Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda Detergent Booster: ½ cup per load
  • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide—for white loads ONLY: 1 cup per load
    • For top-loading machines: add whites and water, then pour in 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. Agitate a bit, and let soak several hours, then wash.
    • For front loaders follow  same instructions in a sink, then add to your machine.
    • *Caveat*: The peroxide will bleach other clothes! Branch Basics Oxygen Boost is a safe way to brighten and whiten without bleach.

 

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32 Comments

  1. I’m trying to figure out if I am reading this information correctly. So if I have a HE machine with a medium load of medium dirty clothes, I would need to use 2 cups and 1.5 tbs of stuff to the little compartment for detergent? I tried that amount in just water and the compartment holds 1 cup at most. Am I reading this wrong or do I just have a washer that won’t work with your detergent?

    1. Hi Amy! Thanks for your question. We use the concentrate (mixed with water) at home in our HE washer without a problem. In our machine, it naturally feeds the excess water/soap from the compartment automatically into the machine as it starts to fill with water. If that is not the way your machine works, you can also mix the soap with water and pour in over the dirty laundry rather than adding it to the compartment at all. That may be a simpler way to do the laundry with your machine! It will still mix well with the water that fills the machine. Happy cleaning!

  2. Oops. I have a front loading HE washer, and I have always just poured a couple T of BB directly into the detergent cup without any water. It has always worked great! So I need to add water?

    1. Karen,
      Great question! If you have been using Branch Basics that way with success, then you’re totally fine to continue! Adding water simply helps distribute the soap to the clothes more efficiently – spreading it out over the laundry. Without it, your washer will still mix water with the Branch Basics anyway as it cycles. It’s more of a precaution. However, you can reduce your soap use to 1T if you add water – that will save you money and soap! Happy cleaning!

  3. OK, If I’m doing my math right, 2 tablespoons is 1/2 ounce. That means that one gallon will do 128 large loads in our hard water. Is that right? I love your product and use it for many other things around the house but that makes my laundry $1.91 a load if I buy a 5 gallon bucket. Ouch! That can’t be right. Please tell me I’m doing my math wrong.

    1. Kris,
      Thanks for your question! 1 ounce = 2 Tablespoons (which is enough soap for 2 loads of laundry). In other words, for each gallon (which costs $77), you are getting enough soap for 256 loads of laundry! For our current price, that translates to only $0.30 per load. So yes, I’m sorry to say your math was off. But the good news is, doing your laundry is a whole lot more affordable than you thought! Happy Cleaning!

      1. Madeleine, Thanks! I finally realized I had been doing the division backwards! You recommend 2 T or 1 ounce for a large load, which I usually do and we have super hard water so I would think I need to stick with the full 2 T. That makes it $0.60 a load by the gallon and $0.52 a load by the 5 gallon bucket. Way better than my original math! 🙂

      2. Isn’t it teaspoons instead of tablespoons for laundry? Just reread the how to use and say teaspoons there.

  4. The directions state 1-2 teaspoons of BB per load size
    Your blog comments state Tablespoons

    I have been mixing 1 TABLESPOON BB with 1/4 cup water & pouring I to dispenser as water is flowing in. I have a front loader HE machine

    Clarify please is it teaspoon or TABLESPOON????
    Thank you.

    1. Connie,
      You are doing this correctly if you are using the old Concentrate. For the new formula, you can use even less soap, since it is more concentrated. Don’t worry – there is no harm in adding a little more than you need – you’ll just go through the soap more quickly. 1-2 teaspoons will get the job done! We recommend mixing it with 1-2 cups of water to ensure it flows into the machine properly (rather than 1/4 cup). Happy cleaning!
      Madeleine

  5. Great instructions! I find it really difficult sometimes to understand what I should adjust when putting the laundry! Thanks! Greets, Limehouse Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

  6. Do you have a recipe for mixing washing soda and borax to the water/ bb solution for a gallon?
    I don’t want to have to mix every time I do laundry ( with 3 boys)

    1. Great idea, Stacey! We will work on that and make an addition to the article. Have you had any luck with experimentation? We’ve found that our customers often have better tricks than we could have come up with on our own. It sounds like you have a busy house!

  7. Sometimes I would like to have light scent to my laundry (mostly for towels). Could I add a drop of essential oil to the wash or would this react badly to your product?

    1. Hi Aly,
      Essential oils typically don’t have a reaction to our product in the wash, though we haven’t tested them extensively. You’re welcome to experiment and let us know what you find out! Thanks!

  8. If I am making a container up of pre made solution for laundry what dilution would you recommend? Still the 1 tsp. per 2 cups? My laundry detergent dispenser only fits about 1/2 cup so will that be enough soap per load?

    1. Hi Katie,
      If you are using a front-loading (HE) machine, the drawer sometimes doesn’t fit more than 1/2 cup at a time. If you prefer, you can mix 1 tsp. of soap with 1/2 cup of water instead of 1-2 cups per load. If you are using a traditional top-loading machine, simply pour the tsp. of soap right into the water as the machine fills up!

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