Mar 17, 2011

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!


adrienne said...

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.

Chief Family Officer said...

@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!

Twinsmom said...

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

Chief Family Officer said...

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

ACL said...

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!

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