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PostHeaderIcon Tackling Little Boys Dirty Laundry

Boys.. messy little dirt playing, puddle jumping, sport playing angels.. Right? Who gets the honor of washing all of those clothes? Mom of course! Boys are just natural born stain magnets. Who needs a napkin when you have a clean shirt to wipe food, mess, and dirt on! Duh… It’s a never ending cycle of the boys coming home with some kind of stain on their clothes. Grass stains on their knees, dirt on white shirts… The best one was when my ex sent Spencer home with a lap covered in caramel from eating ice cream.

Chocolate, grass stains, ketchup, grease OH MY!! How do you get stains out of your clothes so you can keep your family looking their best? New Resolve All-Stains is a dual-action stain remover that rids clothes of stains that simply won’t go away. A trusted name in stain fighting for over 25 years, Resolve offers this new, unique formula that has two chambers – one that has a formula specifically for oxygen stains (dressings, sauces, condiments, coffee, juice, etc), and one for enzyme stains (greasy foods, grass, dirt and chocolate) – to help you tackle any stain you may encounter.  And because the formulas mix together during application, you don’t even need to know what the stain is, and sometimes, you don’t want to ask!  This new product is available now at WalMart and Target for less than $5, Resolve All-Stains will help you take the gamble out of stain fighting once and for all.

My Findings: I tackled some  that the boys came home with. Both boys, both knees and quite honestly some of the worse grass stains they have had. Unfortunately I can’t seem to find my before photo :( but as you can see from the after photo, it did not get it out entirely. Now it did get a lot of it out but to my disappointment there was still a lot left. The stains were also fresh.
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PostHeaderIcon Seventh Generation vs Optical Brighteners

As a mom, you already do so much to protect your family- buckling seat belts, cooking healthy meals and requiring bike helmets. But did you know that the laundry detergent you may be using could contain little-known chemicals called optical brighteners?

According to scientific research, these can cause allergic reactions, are toxic to small fish and other aquatic life, and can pollute your waterways.

When ultraviolet light hits optical brighteners coating your clothing, the brighteners convert UV rays into visible light to create an optical illusion. This tricks the eye into thinking the clothing is whiter and brighter, and therefore cleaner than it really is.

So how can you avoid these optical brighteners? Seventh Generation makes it easy because their laundry detergents are not only free of optical brighteners, but they’re also non-toxic . In addition, because Seventh Generation liquid laundry detergents are both hypo-allergenic and biodegradable, you can rest easy knowing you made a considerate choice for your family and the environment. Conduct your own experiment to see the difference between your current laundry detergent and Seventh Generation laundry detergent!

When washed in a conventional laundry detergent that contains optical brighteners, clothes appear to glow under a black light. When you use Seventh Generation liquid laundry products, you won’t see the same glow on your clothing.

Take a look at they experiment in the photo below. Taking two identical organic cotton shirts and washed one in a conventional laundry detergent that contains optical brighteners and the other in Seventh Generation laundry detergent which does not use optical brighteners; I think you’ll see similar results!

We hope you might conduct your own test and share the results of this eye-opening experiment for all of your readers to see! We’ll also provide an additional set of Seventh Generation laundry products to give away to one of your readers.

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PostHeaderIcon Green Works Natural Laundry Detergent from Clorox

When my brothers and I were babies, my parents lived in a 2 story house. My grandmother on the bottom and my parents on the top.  Whenever there was a stain on one of our things that my mom couldn’t get out, she said she would always leave it on the washer. She had no idea how but my grandmother would ALWAYS get the stains out. I wish she had told me the secret!

With 2 boys in the house and a husband who works in a factory, you can probably imagine that their clothes take quite the beating from dirt. I am not big on laundry so anything that will help make my job easier makes me happy!

The Green Works detergent really did a great job on the kids clothes. If you are not really familiar with using laundry products, the directions on both the detergent and the Stain remover are so simple to follow and they are easy to use. One bottle of detergent is good for over 30 loads! I did find that the Green Works Stain Remover work really well on stains that were fresh but not really on things that were already there or missed. I would say this is more to prevent stains than a stain remover.  But in Clorox’s defense, I have yet to find a stain remover that REMOVED preexisting stains.

Green Works Natural Stain Remover – Fight your toughest spills and soils with natural stain-fighting ingredients that clean with the power you expect from Clorox. Our natural stain remover has the power to dissolve spaghetti sauce, chocolate, even grape juice – but is dermatologist-tested, color-safe and won’t leave a harsh, chemical residue. Spray it on: All types of stains and rub in to cover completely. Wait 5 minutes, then wash in warmest water recommended for the fabric.

Green Works Natural Laundry Detergent – Now your clothes, linens and towels can get the Green Works® treatment. Our new detergent is dermatologist tested, safe on colors and made with natural, plant-based cleaning ingredients. And clothes washed in Green Works™ natural laundry detergent won’t leave a harsh chemical residue and are gentle on skin. Yet it still cleans with the power you expect from Clorox. For a dye-and-fragrance-free choice, try it in free & clear. Available in 30-load and 60-load bottles. Specially formulated for both standard and high-efficiency washers. To use: Start washer, add detergent, then add clothes. Fill to line 1 for medium loads, line 2 for larger loads and use more for heavily soiled items. Pre-treat stains by gently rubbing a small amount onto stain and set for 5 minutes.

PostHeaderIcon Laundry 101: Sorting (Part 2)


Photo by onebutan

Photo by onebutan

Be sure to check out Laundry 101: Detergent (Part 1)

When it comes to doing laundry, one would think that sorting is the easiest part of this task, right? WRONG! Some would say that this is the most difficult and time consuming part of doing laundry. (I personally think it is the folding) If you do not sort your clothes correctly, you could end up with damaged clothes and a damaged machine.  When done properly, sorting surely saves tons of time, energy, and money. There are 6 main things that you should remember and look for when sorting your laundry.

Turning clothing right side out: This is a big thing in out house. I am the only one who does it lol The biggest thing to check for with this is usually socks. But don’t neglect your other items! Make sure that all of your pant legs and shirt sleeves are all pulled out as well. If you are watching ovealls, make sure to lock the clasps and button the buttons. This keeps them from getting broken and damaging the washer. There are actually some clothes that require that you wash them inside out, make sure you look for this when checking your tags.

Check the tags on your clothing: I will say I am VERY bad at doing this. Read the tags on your clothes to find out how you should be washing them. Don’t forget to take note of how to dry them as well! Most items you own will have normal washing instructions. Don’t be surprised when you come across those tags that require hand washing and can’t be dried. Make a pile just for these items so they don’t get ruined. (If you come across ones that are dry clean only and you don’t have the money or time to a dry cleaner, consider this great product that I have used in the past called Dryel. It is dry cleaning in your home dryer!) Set these items aside in their own “Special Care” pile. If you are not sure what some of the Fabric Care Symbols mean on your clothing, here is a list.

Be sure to check pockets: My family is notorious for leaving things in their pockets. Especially since I have 2 boys. Picking up rocks is a new hobby! Royal is famous for leaving chapstick in his pocket. No one leaves mom and money though :( Keep a little basket or bowl near your washer to throw all of this stuff in as you find it. If you don’t check pockets you could end up with some nasty surprises. I have already washed and dryed crayons. Not fun! If you have a family who is generous enough, checking pockets can be a good way to make some extra money for mom! I would certainly advice that you keep what you find and it will teach them to empty their pockets, cutting down on your work!

Check for stains: These will of course need to be pretreated or soaked before you wsh them. If you do not catch a stain before putting it in the dryer, it will most likely stay there forever. Mom’s with babies know all about this!

Sorting the clothes: I am sure that many of you have your own ways of sorting your laundry but here are some basics that anyone can use. I personally sort my by person in the home, whites, towels etc. It makes it much easier when I am folding and putting away.

Whites – Why seperate your whites? The most obvious reason is that you want them to stay white.  Get just 1 dark item that isn’t colorfast and your entire load turns that color. My boys have ended up with a few pink t-shirts over the years and hubby a few pair of pink undies. 9Needless to say he refused to wear them then lol) Also, white should be washed in a warmer water to ensure proper cleaning.

Reds and Bright Colors – Colorfast  colors like pinks, purples, reds, and oranges can be put together in the same load. Pleas take note that red clothing is very well known for losing its color and bleeding into other fabrics. If you are not sure about your red items, wash them seperately! Remember that all bright colors can lose color onto lighter clothes.

Towels – I don’t know if you have lint free towels but I certainly don’t. Everyone knows that towels are lint producers. Their lint sticks to all types of other clothing. I wash my towels completely on their own in the hottest water but you can wash your towels with other household items such as blankets and sheets. (Same color fast rule applies here as previously mentioned)

Special Items –  These are the items that I mentioned earlier. Items that can not go in the dryer, are not colorfast etc.

I do know some people who do not sort laundry at all and Kudos to those brave souls!  The ways I have posted above are of course not the only way to sort laundry. I would love to hear how you sort the laundry in your family!

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