My boys! Oh how I love those messy two! You know I had two girls who weren’t nearly as mess as these boys and didn’t go through as much clothing as they did either. The difference between how my boys are and how my girls were is huge!
Yes, my boys are getting older and they aren’t making quite the same messes as they used to, but they’re still boys! No matter what it is, if they’re playing or eating or just standing there with nothing around them, they somehow manage to make a mess, spill something or end up with a stain!
Both boys love playing baseball, and mostly pick up games with the neighborhood kids, but since we’re in a new neighborhood, they’re pretty much left to play with only each other. Thankfully the backyard is large for baseball, football or soccer! Doodle played on a baseball team this year while Buddy decided to take a break.
As you can see, baseball means either grass or dirt stains depending on where the game is being played! The first time I washed the jeans and baseball pants I used detergent and OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover. The stains didn’t come out completely from either! I wasn’t sure how set the stains were so I followed the direction and let them soak in the tub for about 4 hrs.
I actually added some OxiClean directly to the stains and let them sit while we went about our business. Letting them sit is exactly what they needed! I had them in the tub for about 3 hrs because I wanted to see how long it would take for the stains to go away!
Now, I have to say, the stains on the baseball pants came out pretty well. These have been worn by both of my boys so some of the stains are there for life. The ones he’d gotten more recently definitely came out after soaking. The jeans were more important to me that the stains come out because these are one of the few pairs of pants Doodle has that don’t have holes in them! I figured them being grass stains they’d be a bit harder to come out. The stains are completely gone! Whew.
So, my mom saw me doing the laundry and she said to me, “Oh, that’s what’s on top of the washer. Didn’t you know that?” lol No, actually I didn’t since I never asked and it’s sitting in a different container than what it normally comes in.
As I was reading the back of the OxiClean, I saw that it also works on other fabrics as well. The next goal was for me to try it out on the seats in my new car. Ugh, when we went to Williamsburg in June, both of the boys…BOTH…dropped one stinkin’ piece of candy each on their seats without realizing it and getting stains on the seats and their pants.
I bought cleaner specifically for car upholstery and what a mess! The stuff sprayed everywhere like an explosion! Not only that, the stains didn’t come off. When we headed to Maryland last week, my youngest pretty well destroyed the back seat. There were various spills and stains and to be quite honest, it was very frustrating. I’d like to try and keep the car as clean as possible for as long as possible.
When I get home from the wedding, I’m going to try it out. Well, maybe after our move. I have a feeling the car is going to get pretty messy over the next week!
Friday, August 23, 2013
How do you get stubborn stains out?
Words Woven by Mimi B at 12:17 AM