Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Getting Out Stains

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I keep a large bucket by my washer with water and a generous scoop of Oxi Clean. Whenever I come across an article of clothing with a stain, I toss it into the bucket and give it a quick stir. (I have also used Biz and that works well, too.)

The next morning, after soaking overnight, when the laundry is started, the contents of the bucket are poured into the washer and the load is done as usual. (I do not pour the bucket into dark loads.)

The stains are always gone! This even works with newborn poop stains that have gone through the dryer! If you know newborn poop stains the way I know newborn poop stains, you know that stuff is The Grandaddy of All Stains. Talk about staying power! And newborn poop stains that have gone through the dryer? Well, let's just say I've tossed a few cute little outfits before I heard about this bucket method.

If you have tough stains, try this!

That's what Works For Me this week. Check out more tips at Rocks in my Dryer and go here to see more of my Works For Me posts.

15 comments:

Phyllis Sommer said...

great tip. i do love that oxiclean stuff.

Aunt LoLo said...

Oh, that's fabulous! I started doing that when I had my daughter...I thought I was just lazy, but it always worked! Oxyclean is so gentle, I could even use it on her christening gown. For REALLY tough stains, I rub it down with a stain stick first. The only thing to watch out for is if the stain still has...umm...lots of gunk attached to it, it can change the colour of your oxyclean water...which might stain the whole load. So, rinse it first! Don't be lazy like me...

Everychapter said...

Great idea! I usually just spray everything with Shout and that works, but it takes forever! I'll have to try this. Thanks for the tip. I read your blog all the time by-the-way- thanks for the interesting and sometimes profound reading.

ymwifey said...

Question please! :D My hubby has a small blood stain on his shirt sleeve. I'm a dork and forgot about it yesterday so it has set (grr!) but I was wondering what would be the best way to get it out? It's one of his newer and much nicer dress shirts so I don't want that stain to stay (AT ALL!) even if it isn't going to be very noticeable. I do have some stain remover but I was wondering if anything else would work better. Thanks!

Angie said...

Fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing!

happyhousewife said...

I love that stuff. It gets out everything! Thanks for the reminder, I have some stained pants that I ened to take care of this week.

Susan said...

Great tip. I wish I had a laundary room, my washer is located in the kitchen. Will have to think of way to do this.

Anonymous said...

ymwifey,

Try rubbing the stain down with ice cubes first and then soaking it as Connie sugggested. It should come right out

We are THAT Family said...

I went and hugged my 'biz bucket' when I read what works for you. Me and my bucket we're like this (fingers crossed to signify closeness) Thanks for sharing MY favorite stain tip :0)

Jendeis said...

Good tip! I've never used OxiClean, but have always wanted to try it.

Wifey said...

What a great tip! I'm sure that would work better than my method of just throwing some oxiclean into the washer before starting the wash.

Nikki said...

Oh Connie, you are so very smart. I'm going to pick up some next time I'm at the commissary. Too bad I can't throw my living room rug in the bucket. I'll just have to rearrange the furniture I guess.

Kim said...

Great tip and just in time! After reading your tip, I just pulled a newborn sleeper out of the garbage that is covered in the infamous "newborn poop". I went through three (THREE!) diapers this morning trying to change my darling boy and I was sure that his sleeper was a casuality in the war. I'll try this tip today!

Love your blog :)

Jenn said...

With boys this is something I should have on hand. I will give it a try. Thanks for the tip!

SAHMmy Says said...

Great idea! I'm a Biz girl myself. My washer runs a full cycle if I forget to return and open the lid when I put items in to soak--with the bucket method this won't be an issue! Thanks :)

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