For the most part, I don’t do much with stains. I let the washer do what it can do, and leave it at that. I accept that my kids will stain their clothes with spilt juice… or while doing our hands on activities, such as with shaving cream, or playing in the mud. It happens.
Its just a pair of pants or a shirt, that they’ll be outgrowing soon anyway, right?
Well, I do like hand me downs too. So I have a couple tricks up my sleeve to keep the clothes clean in their drawers.
The first might be an obvious one, but it goes against my once-a-week laundry system.
I wash any stained clothes right away. No waiting until laundry day. They go straight to the washer. I may throw in a few towels to make it a small load. And it gets washed right then and there. This usually does the best for fighting stains in our house.
The Maytag Bravos XL Laundry pair does what it has to do. It has PowerSpray Technology that it uses with every single load. It evenly sprays the detergent on with the water, to instantly start cleaning those stains.
If the stain doesn’t happen to come out after getting washed the first time. I don’t dry it.
Tip number two. Don’t dry anything that didn’t come clean! The heat of the dryer will set it in for good, and then you’re just out of luck.
Lastly. I haven’t had any luck with stain products, so if you have any suggestions for me that really work, I’m all ears.
However, I have found that hydrogen peroxide does wonders on a few stains. Blood especially. Something I learnt from the nurses while Henry was in the hospital after his surgery. A blood stained blanket had me worried until they suggested hydrogen peroxide. Its not bleach. Many people think it’ll bleach the fabric, it doesn’t. It works wonders on colors. Pour a cap full of peroxide on the stain and it’ll melt away instantly. Seriously, no exaggeration.
How do you get rid of all the stains that come with being hands on with your kids?
A couple other things to make sure your laundry appliances are doing their job:
- Clean out the lint filter. Not just removing the lint though, wash it. With hot soapy water and a toothbrush.
- Wash your washer! I had no idea this was such a thing. But there are detergents just for this (such as Affresh). The delivery/installation guys told me about this. Its how you keep your washer from getting that infamous musty smell.
Maytag has a special Facebook sweepstakes going on this month
where you can enter to win a Bravos XL Laundry Pair!
Disclosure: I wrote this post participating in an Maytag Moms Dependable Laundry Ambassador program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with the Maytag washer and dryer set to facilitate my post.