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How To Remove Stubborn Stains From Your Kid's Clothes

How To Remove Stubborn Stains From Your Kid's Clothes

How To Remove Stubborn Stains From Your Kid's Clothes
There is no denying the fact in many ways a dirty kid is a happy kid. I’m not talking neglect here because we all know how important hygiene is. There really is something about a child covered in dirt, mud or food that is just quintessentially “happy childhood”.
When my kid is covered in dirt it’s because we’ve had a day of exploring outdoors. It means he’s had a tonne of fresh air and after a nice warm bath, he is almost guaranteed to sleep really well that night.
The very same can be said for when he’s covered in food. I’ll admit that I have to take a deep breath before I serve anything tomato based because he just loves pasta sauce and anything that resembles it. I have to take the good with the bad and accept that it will end up everywhere but his eyeballs.
These happy kids do not make for a very happy laundry situation though. There is something soul-destroying about taking clean clothes out of the drum only to discover that the stain has barely changed.
Luckily we’ve got you covered with these brilliant tips for removing the most common stains from your children’s clothes.
1. Tomato Based Stains
For tomato-based stains scrape off the sauce/residue as quickly as possible. Using a sponge work the stain out with circular movements from the centre of the stain outwards. Dab the stain with half a lemon or lime and run under a cold tap for a couple of minutes. Leaves to dry in the sun and wash as normal in the washing machine.
2. Mud
To remove mud from clothing scrape away the dried mud using a knife. Rub some of your regular liquid laundry detergent into the stain and leave it for fifteen minutes. Use a wet toothbrush to work the detergent into the stain ensuring you scrub both the inside and outside parts of the fabric. Machine wash as normal.
3. Blood
This one sounds sinister but when our children fall or lose a tooth there is always the possibility that blood may end up on parts of their clothes. To remove a blood stain from their clothes you need to act as quickly as possible for best results. For lightweight fabrics simply holding it under a tap of running water for a couple of minutes can be really effective. Scrub some baking soda into the stain and leave for 15 minutes before adding to a regular wash. You can also pick up a stain remover that specifically tackles blood. These are very handy if you have a very heavy menstrual period and a history of leaking on your underwear, clothes and bed-sheets.
4. Grass
If your children play sports this might just be the bain of your laundry life. We have a natural solution though. Mix half a cup of white vinegar with two cups of cold water. Work the solution into the stain using a clean cloth or a toothbrush. Then put the garment on a cold wash (not a warm wash as a warm wash can intensify this kind of stain).
5. Ink
If your children arrive home from school, playgroup (or a naughty rumble through your handbag) they may have some kind of ink on an item of their clothing. You might be surprised to know that milk could be the solution (get it?). Fill a bowl full of milk and add the stained part of the garment to the milk for about 20-30 minutes. After this, you can scrub the stain with a clean old toothbrush. A short washing machine cycle should seal the deal and remove the ink stain completely.
Tracey is mammy to five-year-old Billy and newborn Willow. She is a breastfeeder, gentle parent and has recently lost five stone so healthy family eating is her passion! You can follow her on Instagram.