Stain-busters like you


I buy consignment clothing for DD. I learned to do this after she started daycare and would come home covered in dirt. Don’t get me wrong – I think dirt is a great thing. Dirt means she’s playing, exploring and having fun outside.

But um…as I’m sure you know – dirt stains. So does watermelon, blueberries and if you don’t act quick enough – tomato sauce.

So let’s talk laundry. I’d really like to know your stain removal tips and tricks.

Woman Doing Laundry by Henry Robert Morland. (And yes...I wear my finest gown when doing laundry too.)

I’ve tried the OxiClean route – no dice. I’m told it doesn’t work because I’m not soaking the clothes in hot enough water. That it is the hot water that activates the stain-fighting (ker-plow!) enzymes in OxiClean.

But I descend from a long line of people who believe in cold-water washing. My people taught me that hot water doesn’t release a stain – it sets a stain. (Not to mention shrinks the clothes too!)

So I’ve been sticking to the OxiClean Baby spray. It’s okay but you can’t let the spray dry on the clothes which means leaving the stained shirt/pants/shorts/tank in water to stink up the laundry room until laundry day. Blegh.

I also bought this neat kind of waxy stick that you wet and rub into the stain. Can’t remember the name of it because the label wore off but I got it at Boomerang Kidsin Kanata. It works okay too but isn’t 100% effective. I find I have to do a combination of the OxiClean Baby and the wax stick.

So what gives? How do all you parents – I really want to write mothers but am giving a shout-out to all you dads out there who do laundry – get the stains out of your children’s clothes?

Get them so clean you can drop your clothes off at the local consignment shop feeling tremendous pride over your ability to conquer the toughest grass stain, the meanest ketchup spill?

I’d really like to know so I can do the same thing.

3 Responses to “Stain-busters like you”

  1. Lynn

    Well, I think once something is stained it’s never going to be exactly like new ever again. There will always be a shadow. But personally, I stand behind Shout. It’s gotten out all kinds of stuff – blood, grass, dirt, chocolate milk. Once a roommate of mine spilled red wine on pale yellow pants and Shout got it out.

    The instructions say to treat right away and not to let it dry, but I personally always just leave things lying around until laundry day, then I spray just before washing. It’s rare when this does not work.

    It’s kind of hard to find – you can’t get it at just any grocery store. I buy it at Canadian Tire.

  2. MelGallant

    Hi Lynn,

    Thanks for your suggestion! I’ll definitely give Shout a try. A few people on Twitter suggested some other products too: Spray 9 and the Sunlight bar. 🙂

  3. neeroc

    I too am a cold water washer too (and front loader to boot – hubby swears it doesn’t clean as well) and I wish I had a trick to share with you! I long ago resigned myself to the fact that the people who consign clothes don’t let their children roll around in the dirt or write on themselves with sharpies *g*

    I saw that stick at boomerang the other day and was wondering how it worked. I’ll have to give it a try.


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