Stain Removal Tips for Parents

By on August 8, 2013 in Families, Kids, Lifestyle, Motherhood, My Reviews, Product Reviews 2

Life with kids is not without it’s challenges… and there as many of those as there are children on the planet! One of the endless tasks that comes with children is the never-ending laundry pile. In pre-kid days gone by one might expect to run the washing machine twice a week… not any more! From the moment you arrive home with that tiny bundle you will find yourself doing more loads of washing than a laundromat… and it never stops after that.

With kids around you’re sure to also find yourself in a “sticky” situation often. The world of stains! Over the years I have wisened up to some of the stain removal trickery that is required to keep the clothes of your kids (and your own) in a wearable condition for longer than 1 day!

Here are a few of my tried and tested stain removal tips…

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HAHA – yes very funny! But truth be told I think of Vanish as one of those items on my shopping list that always needs to be replenished BEFORE it runs out! Now for the real tips…

My Top 5 Tips for Stain Removal

1. Firstly remember timing is EVERYTHING when it comes to removing stains. You need to act quickly, preferably before the stain has dried.

2. Pre-treating stains is always worth the effort required. Keep the stain remover next to the washing machine and apply for a few mins, rub in the powder or gel to activate and pop into the machine. Soaking is a great way to get rid of really difficult, set stains.

3. Cold water is your friend. Hot water is NOT. Do not use hot water to try and remove a stain. It will set the stain and you will never get it out.

4. After treating a stain don’t let the item dry until you are satisfied with the result.

5. Don’t use bleach on coloured fabrics, or leave stain remover on for too long. I have had the misfortune of doing this and ruining a brand new pair of coloured jeans – they are now black thanks to the dying service offered at the dry cleaners!!

I recently received a little booklet from Vanish which had some more info on how to get rid of particular stains that most parents will have to deal with at some time or another (or all the time!) and I thought I might share some of these tips with you here…

Baby Food
Rub Oxi Action gel liquid directly onto stain, rub in using base of pod, leave gel on stain for 10 mins max, place pod into washing machine with 60ml of gel and wash as usual with your detergent.

Baby poo
Disolve 1 x scoop of Vanish Oxi Action powder in 4L of warm water (max 40C), soak whites for max 1 hour and colours for up to 6 hours. Wash as usual with detergent and 1 more scoop of Vanish powder.

Blood
Disolve 1 x scoop of Vanish Oxi Action powder in 4L of warm water (max 40C), soak whites for max 1 hour and colours for up to 6 hours. Wash as usual with detergent and 1 more scoop of Vanish powder.

Here are a few “before and after” pics of some blood stains I recently tackled using Vanish…

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Chocolate
Disolve 1 x scoop of Vanish Oxi Action powder in 4L of warm water (max 40C), soak whites for max 1 hour and colours for up to 6 hours. Wash as usual with detergent and 1 more scoop of Vanish powder.

Coffee
Mix 1/4 scoop of powder with 3/4 scoop of water (max 40C), gently rub stains as required using back of scoop, leave past on for 10 mins max. Wash as usual with detergent and 1 more scoop of Vanish powder.

Cooking oil
Mix 60ml of Vanish Oxi Action gel in 4L of warm water (max 40C), soak whites for max 1 hour and colours for up to 6 hours. Wash as usual with detergent and a 60m dose of gel placed in the pod.

Grass
Dissolve 1 x scoop of Vanish Oxi Action powder in 4L of warm water (max 40C), soak whites for max 1 hour and colours for up to 6 hours. Wash as usual with detergent and 1 more scoop of Vanish powder.

Red Wine
Dissolve 1 x scoop of Vanish Oxi Action powder in 4L of warm water (max 40C), soak whites for max 1 hour and colours for up to 6 hours. Wash as usual with detergent and 1 more scoop of Vanish powder.

Tea
Get rid of tea stains by rubbing Oxi Action gel liquid directly onto stain, rub in using base of pod, leave gel on stain for 10 mins max, place pod into washing machine with 60ml of gel and wash as usual with your detergent.

Tomato Sauce
Dissolve 1 x scoop of Vanish Oxi Action powder in 4L of warm water (max 40C), soak whites for max 1 hour and colours for up to 6 hours. Wash as usual with detergent and 1 more scoop of Vanish powder.

Vomit
Mix 60ml of Vanish Oxi Action gel in 4L of warm water (max 40C), soak whites for max 1 hour and colours for up to 6 hours. Wash as usual with detergent and a 60m dose of gel placed in the pod.

We recently had to deal with a bicycle chain stain which I battled valiantly against and am very proud to report that the jeans look good as new! Treating stains successfully can feel SO satisfying (well maybe that’s just me!)

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Vanish however all words, thoughts and images are my own.

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2 Responses to Stain Removal Tips for Parents

  1. lameez williams August 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    thank u for sharing :)

  2. Tina Pieterse August 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    I’m one of those moms that’s does laundry every single day and you are right if you act quickly the stain won’t set and its easier to get out – I’ve learned that much. Bio- Classic spot out spray works wonders on collars and cuffs I’ve found.

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