I get asked ALL the time how I keep Presleigh’s darling clothes clean (particularly when she’s army-crawling on the floor of Target, making grass-angels at the park, double-fisting lollipops, etc.). It’s actually hilarious that me of all people, is giving laundry advice because I’m pretty much the epitome of what it means to be domestically challenged… BUT, all of that (err, some of that) changed after Presleigh was born. My obsession with little girls’ clothing has forced me into discovering a domestic side of myself that I never knew existed, specifically the art of stain removal. Knock on wood, but I have literally yet to meet a stain I couldn’t remove after learning these easy and amazing tricks! & I’m not just talking kool-aid type stains either, I’m talkin’ big daddy stains like red sauce, strawberry jelly and turkey grease type stuff. Now if anyone has tips on how to keep up with actual day to day laundry and staying on top of it (like folding it and putting it all away) I welcome any and all advice. But for now, I’m here to offer you these stain removing hacks listed below!
-First, gently rub blue dawn dish soap with your finger directly onto the stain. Don’t ask me why, just trust me.
-Next, I fill a bathroom sink with cold water and scoop in oxiclean powder laundry detergent, and I let the garment soak up to 24 hours. You can use a bucket, tub, whatevs.
-After 24 hours of soaking, (or sooner if I see that the stain is already gone) I then put the garment through a gentle cycle in the washing machine like normal. (I always wash P’s clothes on gentle with cold water. We used to use Dreft laundry detergent but I got scared of bad ingredients and switched to Tide Free & Clear… but I miss the baby smell!!)
*If the stain is on a white garment, you can most likely skip the above steps and just use a bleach pen directly on the stain and then run through the wash as normal. And I’m not talking about a tide-to-go pen; it’s an actual bleach pen and its absolutely glorious for cleaning white socks, stockings and hair bows!
**After I do those few steps, I would say 95% of the time the stain is completely gone like magic. But if you’re working with a super sinful stain, repeat that whole process and do not let the garment dry until the stain is gone. One of Presleigh’s beautiful dresses had turkey grease stains from Thanksgiving last year, and after doing that process 3 times I managed to get it out completely! I’ve never felt more adultly and domesticated in my life and I’m literally still so proud of myself. Also, I hang dry pretty much everything besides towels, sheets, t-shirts, under-garments (aka things that don’t matter haha). Things seem to keep their shape better, shrink less, and the overall fabric/material just seems to hold up better in my opinion!
Also, the sweater I’m wearing is from H&M and it’s basically free because of how cheap it is! My metallic booties are almost free too. These are the kind of purchases my husband doesn’t mind seeing (or so I like to think anyway). Both are linked below! Oh and Presleigh’s darling fox dress is from The Beaufort Bonnet Company. Please let me know if there are any stain removing and laundry hacks that you swear by!!