Tuesday, August 25, 2009

War on Stains

I got tired of stains making it through the laundry, only to be noticed when I was folding the clothes and too late for me to do anything about them. So I bought some Shout Gel and put one in the bathroom by the clothes hamper. There's also another one downstairs on the washing machine. Everyone in the house knows we have them and where they are. If they get stains on their clothes, they are supposed to treat them. That way I don't have to remember to treat the stain - providing they told me about it in the first place - and I don't have to look over every article of laundry as I'm sorting it, just in case someone spilled something. Overall this works pretty well. The Shout can be applied even a week before the item is washed without hurting it, and it's always best to treat stains right away.

I still have a few stains that make it through the laundry, but not as many. If I notice a stain before I throw something into the washer, I sometimes treat it again, and I try to check it after the wash and before I throw it into the dryer. If the stain hasn't come out completely, I'll treat it again and throw the garment in with the next load - if I remember to check, that is. Too many times I just pull everything out of the washer, throw it in the dryer, and go. I think I have a solution for that, though. Last week at the fair, we got a couple of those write on/wipe off magnetic lists boards (what do you call those?) - so I put one downstairs on the dryer. The idea is that, when I want to check something to see if the stain came out before throwing it in the dryer, I'll write it on this list. Then, as long as I remember to check the list, I should remember to check the stain!

1 comment:

  1. I think Aidan's clothes attract stains. It's probably just a kid thing though. ;o)


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