Get Laundry under Control!
If you thought that laundry was a major chore before having kids, look out! It's about to get much more intense. Here are some helpful hints for dealing with stains and processing those ever growing loads of laundry.
Sock It to Stains!
As all moms know, spills happen! For helpful tips on removing a plethora of stains, try Tide.com’s easy-to-use feature that helps you take the guesswork out of treating stubborn spots and spills. There’s even a handy stain guide to print out and post by the washer.
For protein-based stains commonly seen in houses with kids—such as baby food, formula, poop, urine, vomit, spit-up, and dirt or mud—Tide recommends the following general treatment:
- Soak fresh stains in cold water, rubbing the fabric against itself to dislodge the stain.
- For dried stains, scrape off as much of the crusted material as possible and soak the fabric in cold water with liquid detergent.
- Launder fabric with protein-based stains in warm water with detergent. Using hot water to soak or wash items with protein stains can set the stain.
- If the stain remains after running the garment through a wash cycle, repeat the process of soaking and washing the item. Do this before drying, since a hot dryer can set stains.
It’s All about Attitude
While nobody can promise that doing laundry will ever be fun, why not take some of the tedium out of the chore? Paint your laundry room a sunny color, hang photos of your children on the wall, or have them color pictures just for your laundry space. Play some music as you sort clothes, watch a favorite TV show as you pair oodles of socks, or spend the time just talking with your spouse or children. If you follow some of these handy tips, you’ll spend less time looking for clean underwear and enjoy more time with your family.
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