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As parents, we all know messes and stains happen. They happened before having children, but somehow with a new generation of kids, there is a new generation of stains too.
But it’s not spit up and spills all the time… somehow being semi-distracted parents means spilling whole pitchers of smoothies trying to get out the door, coffee on ourselves while we try to get our energy boost, and as handy fathers making their kids toy dreams come true in the basement or garage… tough oil and wood stains have entered the family mess arena.
Laundry hacks for young families
Messes and stains are everywhere. All the time. So instead of throwing in the towel and giving up on the truly crazy messes we encounter on the daily, we have just made it easier to solve the mess crisis both at home and on the go. Figure out some easy hacks for pre-treating stains on the go before you can make it home to use Shout® Trigger Triple-Acting Stain Remover when it’s time to do the laundry.
DIY Wipe Pitcher
When dad is working in the basement, there are a whole number of things we encounter from his escapades building, making, and fixing. Most of them involve some sort of oil. So if he spills any number of nasty, gross, and staining things, he can clean it up with some shop towel water wipes.
All you have to do is get a designated shop pitcher with a lid, some shop towels, and water.
Measure where you would need to cut or saw off the bottom of your towel roll, cut out the cardboard tube, and insert into the pitcher.
Pull up a towel from the middle and pull it through the lid and then pour in water. Take it down to the basement or into the garage to put on a shelf for instant dad-access. Now when he makes a mess on his clothes he can clean it up a little until I can get to the stain with Shout® Trigger Triple-Acting Stain Remover.
Diapers for quick spill clean up
A quick and easy hack for young families is to use diapers for the worst spills or messes. I even cut the absorbent part out of a few to put in a jar in the playroom for catastrophic, large spills like for if the cup for cleaning paint brushes tip. Towels aren’t an option and are probably not nearby.
On the go, most families have diapers anyway. So when your toddler decides to dump your soda all over your lap, grab a diaper first before a napkin. It absorbs better.
And of course, when you get to the car or get home, you can treat it for stains if it looks like it still needs !
On-the-go stain treater sponges
It never fails that when we’re out and only have the stroller is when the worst messes happen. For some reason it feels easier to have big messes when you at least have your car with you.
But if you’re like us, you always have extra clothes for even the craziest shenanigans. Like when my 3-year-old spilled an entire bottle of kombucha on herself.
Instead of panicking, we had a handy little sponge in a travel container. Any small container that you can cut sponges into little pre-treating stain sticks will do. Just add water to dilute the stain until you can get home.
Cupholder wet wipes
Whether it’s dirty hands, dirty faces, or stains, this is a really easy trick.
Simply take the rest of your chopped paper towels or shop towels and unwind some to place inside of what would be a car ashtray cup. Fill with water to use use on messy faces, spilled ice cream in the car, and dripped cones on your clothes.
And the great part? It fits in any cup holder. So it can go in your automobile, in a stroller cup holder, or anywhere you would store a cup.
How to handle the aftermath of the spill
For all our stain needs, we use Shout® Trigger Triple-Acting Stain Remover. It’s a quick restock near the groceries in Wal-Mart and in a convenient trigger dispenser for when I am actively doing laundry. I have found different ways to dilute the stains when away from the washer so our clothes get a nice pre-treatment like the bottle talks about for tough stains!
Simply remove the clothing when you get home and pre-treat it with the trigger sprayer. Toss it in the wash and forget about it.
So that time our daughter FINALLY decided to try my smoothie with spinach in it and loved it a little too much? I just treated the stain on her beautiful shirt when we got home and we were done!
How do you fight the strange things life throws at your clothes?