This Summer I’ll be re-running some of my favorite Simple Kids posts as Summer ReRuns. Today’s post is one of the first ones I ever bookmarked from SK, way back from 2009 before I was the editor here. Megan shares some tips on stain removal that are timely during the Summer when there are so many wonderfully messy opportunities for fun. – Kara
Nature is inviting all of us to come outside and play.
No one wants to interrupt a glorious game of tag or bring a delicious and juicy dessert of fresh strawberries to a premature end for fear of stained clothing, but we also want to be good stewards of the material possessions we have by taking good care of them. Yesterday, Asha at Parent Hacks shared her Almost Sure-Fire Clothing Stain Removal tip, and it reminded me that I have a few ideas of my own to share on summer stains.
1) Whenever possible, set aside some of the summer wardrobe for “play clothes” – for children and adults alike. If everyone is playing outside in clothes that have been purposed for play, no one (not even the grown-ups) will give a second thought to rolling in the grass or indulging in a drippy, melt-y chocolate ice cream cone.
2) Harness the power of the sun! Did you know the sun can be effective, natural bleach? I learned this when I started cloth diapering. (I’ve mostly only used it one white or lightly colored items.) Wash the item as you normally would, but do not allow it to dry. Hang it on a clothesline or lay it on a blanket or towel in the grass or on pavement. Allow to dry in the sun. For tough stains, you may need to add some lemon juice or a stain remover such as Bi-O-Kleen’s Bac-Out to boost the sun’s bleaching power.
3) Treat stains quickly. As soon as you have run those kiddos through the bath, gather up the stained clothes and start your treatment. The supermarket shelves offer lots of stain treating options, but if you don’t have any on hand or prefer a natural approach, check out these suggetions:
- Keeper of the Home: A natural stain remover that really works!
- Passionate Homemaking: Natural Stain Remover & Cleaning Agent: Hydrogen Peroxide!
- Old Fashioned Living: All Natural Stain Removal Guide
Make sure to read the comments on Asha’s stain remover idea where other Parent Hackers share their favorite stain banishers.
What is your most effective way of ridding clothes of stains?