February 14, 2017

The Secret to Cleaning Toddler Clothes

I am slightly obsessed with dressing my children.  Seriously, who can resist a well-dressed child?

I live by a few rules in life, and many of them include fashion such as:

1. Always be a little overdressed for the occasion.  You feel great, with a little extra pep in your step, you stand out from the crowd, and you will never be embarrassed by what you are wearing.

2. Life is short, look good!  I spent three (LONG!) years in law school and most people wore sweats or didn’t give much thought to what they wore.  But law school was my destination each day, so I dressed to look cute and feel good.  Yes I was called Elle (from Legally Blonde), but why look shlubby just because you aren’t going to a job or meeting?

3. People form an opinion of you in the first 10 seconds of meeting you.  Make the impression as good as possible!

4. People are more forgiving if you are well-dressed.  We all have those dreaded moments as moms when our kids are not so happy waiting in line, at lunch, etc.  While we cannot control their behavior, we can control how we respond and also other people’s perceptions.  A child who is put-together will pull on people’s heart strings and give you a lot more slack for any possible tantrums.

5. Buy nice clothing, but only on sale or with discounts, and increase their longevity.  I don’t mind spending more on a nice dress for my daughter, but I will be upset if she can only wear it once before it has a massive stain on it.

This is where your laundry routine comes into play.  I once put a gorgeous teal blue polo shirt on my one-year old son, and he promptly ate a banana.  The banana went into the grooves of the polo and NEVER CAME OUT.  After a wash, the banana stain turned brown and after four attempts at getting the stain out, the top went right into the trash.

 

Never again I thought!  So I did what every mom does, I posted a facebook message asking how to clean kid’s clothing to get out stains.  What I learned are these three tricks:

1. Promptly treat clothing stains.  If you are home, take the stained garment off.  If not, do it as soon as you get home.  First remove any food residue left on the shirt.  Then try to rinse out the stain with cold water (heat locks in stains).  Don’t rub too hard.  I use a kid’s toothbrush with some laundry detergent to spot-treat the item.  If the stain is smaller or you don’t have time to rinse it out, just spot treat with a little bit of detergent.

2. Buy laundry detergent that is stain-fighting, whitening, brightening but also protects the fabric.  I love Persil Pro Clean, with 10 Dimensions of Clean.  Some detergents are so focused on scents and fancy pods, but they don’t actually clean well.  Try Persil, you will love it!  Here is a $2 off coupon or get a rebate $5 off your $20 order!  I picked mine up at Walmart where they are super low prices and a huge selection of products like Persil.

3. After you wash the garment, make sure you check to see that the stain came out.  If not, repeat the steps above.  DO NOT DRY THE ITEM WITH A STAIN IN IT.  Hang dry the item until you get the stain out.  Drying the item will set the stain in, and it likely will not ever come out.

Lastly, I just want to remind you to be careful with laundry pods and children.  They look like candy to kids, and are very appealing to little ones.  If you do get them, keep them up high and /or locked away.  I prefer just to buy the liquid, it works well and you can then use it for stain-treatment purposes.

And remember again to use the $2 coupon code or $5 rebate for Persil and try it to clean your kid’s clothing!  You can find Persil at Walmart stores or on Walmart.com where I picked up my detergent (all while my son slept the entire shopping trip, mom win!).

I received compensation in exchange for sharing my love of Persil.  Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

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