There are certain things no one warned me about before I had kids. Like the fact that waking up to an alarm clock is considered “sleeping in”. Or that “getting dressed” means putting a sweatshirt over your pajamas and calling it good.
And then there’s the laundry.
Not only did my laundry piles increase in size once I welcomed children to the world, but the level of messes on the clothes increased too. I spend a good half-hour treating stains before I even get the washer started. (If you ever wonder why I haven’t replied to comments here yet, chances are I’m busy scrubbing last night’s spaghetti sauce off of a shirt. )
So with all that said, I’ve become quite the stain-removing expert. And today I’d like to introduce you to my super team!
Let’s break ‘em down:
1) Shout spray (or any kind of spray, for that matter) is my surface-layer treatment. I use it to spray measly stains right before tossing the clothes in the washer. It’s not recommended for things that need to sit for a week ’cause it’ll make them fade.
2) Resolve Stain Stick is my treat-now-wash-later treatment (as they tout on the label). It doesn’t necessarily kill the toughest stains, but it’s great for treating a stain immediately after it happens and then tossing it in the laundry basket until wash day.
3) Shout Advanced Gel is my heavy-duty get-anything-out treatment. Let me tell you, this stuff is tough on stains. It can be applied a few days before wash day, but it can cause a little fading so proceed with caution if you’re using it on colorful clothes. I don’t know if it’s the little scrubby brush thing or the ingredients they use, but I save this gel for my toughest stains. Nine times out of ten it gets rid of them (And we all know 10 out of 10 is impossible since certain stains never come out unless you catch them right away).
So there you have it–my stain removing super-team!
Do you use any of these products? What are your favorite stain-removal secrets? How much time do you spend each week battling stains?