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  • Laundry Tip: Pre-treat with Tide Stain Release

    Baseball season has just started around here, and of course I find myself washing white pants every week – white pants that have grass and mud stains all over, especially on the knees. After the first game, I had to wash the pants four times and I still couldn’t get out one tiny little spot of mud.

    After the second game, I was mentally prepared to wash the pants four times again, but I decided to experiment a little bit. Instead of pre-treating the stain with a spray like Zout or Shout, I used Tide Stain Release. It’s a fairly new product that you add to the washing machine at the same time as the detergent, but the bottle says you can pre-treat stains with it too. I left the pants on the washer overnight, and washed them the next day.

    I couldn’t believe it when they came out completely white after the first wash. I was thrilled! I know I sound like a paid commercial for the product, but I don’t think I’ve even gotten a free sample of this stuff. I did get a couple of bottles for free back when Vons stacked paper and electronic coupons, and now I’m going to have to keep an eye out for deals.

    I don’t know if this will work after every game, but I’m pretty excited that I won’t have to wash the pants four times every week!


    1. adrienne says:

      Gray polyester is used in all our youth leagues. I cannot imagine tending to whites once the kids are out of t-ball.

      Having one pant color for the whole league makes it quite easy to score uniform pants at yard sales, thrift, and consignments around the area.

    2. Chief Family Officer says:

      @Adrienne – That's clever, I may have to suggest that to the league here. Right now the coach decides on the pant color – we've had white two years in a row!

    3. Try laying the pants outside overnight on a chair or your deck; the dew will help get the grass stains out.

    4. Chief Family Officer says:

      @Twinsmom – Never heard of that tip, will have to try it – thanks!

    5. I just saw this post and I am so excited that you love Tide Stain Release. I work for DeVries PR and we work with Tide Stain Release. I would love to chat with you about working together!

      Feel free to get in touch– alafleur@devries-pr.com