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 or 3/4 – 1 capful of the Laundry Solution  is adequate even for larger, tougher loads. Rather watch how-to do laundry with Branch Basics? For step by step, you can watch this video! 

Branch Basics Laundry: STANDARD Machines

For top-loading machines, add one scoop of Oxygen Boost to your drum before loading laundry. Then add 3/4-1 capful of the Laundry Solution 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 HE (High Efficiency), first add one scoop of Oxygen Boost to the drum before loading laundry. Then pour a 3/4-1 capful of the Laundry Solution directly into the dispenser drawer. Add your laundry and wash as your normally would.

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


Pretreat Stains.  Add 1/2 – 1 t. Concentrate or  2-4 ounces of All-Purpose solution to hot OR cold water in bucket or washing machine. Soak for 15-30 minutes or more…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. If stain is not gone – do not put in dryer. Repeat process or for extra stain boosting power, add a sprinkle of  Oxygen Boost to the stain and wet with All Purpose spray, agitate, and follow same procedure.

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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  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. Amy, you say you put “1.5 tbs of stuff…” It should be 1.5 tsp of stuff. (Teaspoons not Tablespoons)… hope you got it to work. I put a little less water and also let it run over to the bleach dispenser area as mine is smaller too. I figure it’ll all end up in the load eventually 🙂

  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. Do you recommend mixing up a gallon or so ahead of time and using it that way or mix it for each load?

    1. Susan,
      Yes, some customers do mix laundry soap in advance – that works well! Then you can just portion out a little for each load of laundry. Let us know if you have any other questions!
      Happy Cleaning,

  5. 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!

      1. Ok thank you. FYI. I waitn until water is flowing in before pour ing in my mix

        Love your product!

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

      1. If you want an essential oil scent, its better to get the wool dryer balls and put your ess. oil on them. Need less oil too!

  9. 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!

  10. Amy, you say you put “1.5 tbs of stuff…” It should be 1.5 tsp of stuff. (Teaspoons not Tablespoons)… hope you got it to work. I put a little less water and also let it run over to the bleach dispenser area as mine is smaller too. I figure it’ll all end up in the load eventually 🙂

  11. Anyone using this for cloth diapers and having good success? We have been having stink problems with our diapers lately and i’m not sure why other than they’ve just finally hit the breaking point with the buildup over the time we’ve been using them… and yes I’ve stripped and bleached and all that. Looking to get away from store bought detergent but so far everything I’ve used doesn’t work unless i run the load 3x. Just curious if anyone has had good success over a period of time and what you use. Just the BB? Amount? and do you add oxyboost?

    1. Hello, and thanks for your questions! We have had some customers testing it for us with GREAT success. This is the process they use: First rinse/spin cycle on cold with no detergent. Then a heavy load using hot water with 1 Tablespoon Concentrate + 1-2 scoop Oxygen Boost!

    2. I discovered that Soap Nuts takes care of almost all odors. I bought them originally for stinky teenage boy socks and armpit odors. They are all natural and safe for the skin. Then I had a dog in diapers and found that adding the Branch Basics to the wash really got them clean and odor free. I do all my laundry in BB and soap nuts, and dry with wool dryer balls.
      Branch Basics has been a game changer. It’s replaced nearly every cleaning product in my home, except my shampoo, body wash, and dishwasher soap. I’m so grateful to this wonderful company.

    1. Hi Brandy,

      Thanks for your question! Yes, we have many customers that use Branch Basic for cloth diapers with GREAT success! Here’s what they do: First rinse/spin cycle on cold with no detergent. Then a heavy load using hot water with 1 Tablespoon Concentrate + 1-2 scoop Oxygen Boost.

  12. I’m wondering if the Oxygen Boost has ever caused bleach spots on colors? Years ago I used OxyClean on my super dirty clothes only, and it would sometimes leave small bleach spots not only on that load, but on the following loads too. I’m nervous to try it and risk ruining our clothes.

    1. Hi Rachel. Yes, you can use Branch Basics laundry solution to hand wash wool. Use cold water and be careful not to stretch the material. Lay flat to dry.

  13. Hello! Can I use Branch Basics to wash cloth diapers? I have slightly soft water and a top loader HE washer.

    Thank you!


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