If you’re clumsy like me, if you have a husband who likes to get his hands dirty, or if you have a child or children of any age then you know a thing or two about stains. Probably more than you would like to know, am I right? It’s just one of those pesky things that come along with life and one of those annoying things that we just have to grow accustom to taking care of.
I hate to admit it, but until I had Alea I knew very, very little about stains and how to get them out in the laundry. Spaghetti sauce on my shirt? Well, shoot. There goes another cute top. Another one bites the dust! But after I had Alea, I was no longer in those carefree “oh well, I’ll just toss this shirt” teenage years anymore. It was time to grow-up, take the stain by the horns, and really learn the magic of laundry.
one | pick a good detergent: My number one tip to fighting stains is to pick a good laundry detergent right off the bat. If your detergent isn’t willing to step up to the plate to help you take care of those stains, then it’s just not worth it! I have recently fell in love with Tide purclean™. No lie, this stuff is green, but powerful. Tide purclean™ first 65% USDA certified bio-based detergent with the cleaning power of Tide… and that’s serious stuff! Also, this new formula is made with 100% renewable wind power electricity and contained in a 100% recyclable bottle! And how cool is it that this product is made at a zero manufacturing waste to landfill site? So cool!
two | treat the stain quickly: I carry around a Tide stain stick in my work bag at all times. I can’t tell you how often I’ve had to use it lately. Just recently I looked down at my pregnant belly before getting out of the car at work and sure enough, there was a little coffee spill staring right back at me. I used my stain stick and it was all pre-treated and ready to go in the laundry when I got home. Plus, I should mention, it kicked the stain so I didn’t have to walk around looking like a slob all day long. Phew!
three | treat the specific stain: This is where things get a little tricky. There are so many different stains and each stain is composed of a different chemical make-up and therefore should be treated uniquely. I’d go into specifics, but that’s a whole other post in and of itself. So I’ll just leave you with this printable stain removal chart. It’s pretty nifty and you can even get crafty and frame it to hang in your laundry room or hang on the wall with a clipboard!
See, stains don’t have to be all big and bad and scary. If I can handle them, then you can, too. Easily. Just follow the tips above and your laundry (and hopefully your family) will thank you!
What stain fighting laundry tips do you have for me?