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The Accidental Housewife

A Mother’s Survival Guide To Dealing With Common Spring Stains

I love Spring and our kiddies love it even more then we since they can frolic to the heart’s content in the great outdoors.  So whether your child’s favorite activity is riding their bike, rolling in the grass, playing in the mud or enjoying a chocolate ice cream cone, when they come home smiling they also come home dirty from head to toe. Baths await, laundry looms and some tough stains remain. Here are simple ways to pre-treat some of spring’s most common stains that unite we moms coast to coast and child to child that will help save their clothes and our manicure.

Firsts a few stain removal tips:

o Treat ASAP

o Never rub, blot unless otherwise noted

o Test hidden area first to be sure stain removal tip won’t discolor

o If stain remains, DON’T put item into dryer or stain will set

PLAYIN IN THE GRASS IS A GAS: Rolling around in the grass or down a hill is tons of fun but the grass stain left behind can be challenging. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts of white vinegar and water and spray the stain. Use a damp sponge or a toothbrush (preferably not the one you brush with) to gently work in.

RUB A DUB MUD WITH A SPUD: Remove any mud remnants. Then take a raw potato and slice in half. Rub the inside of the spud onto the mud stain until it lightens. Microwave the remaining half for a tasty, quick and healthy snack!

BLOODY SIMPLE SOLUTION: Believe it or not if you spit on a bloodstain it will help remove it. Key is it must be your own saliva so your child will need to give it a spat! Alternatively, if the clothing is white you can use Hydrogen Peroxide both clean the stain and your child’s boo boo! Just be sure to test on hidden area first to be sure it won’t cause any color damage.

GREASE IS THE WORD: This is a true ‘who’d have thunk’! Break out the old Cheese Whiz and smear it on the bicycle grease stain then throw it into the wash and viola…Grease will be gone! Then, enjoy a snack and spread some on crackersJ If you don’t have any Cheese Whiz you can use liquid dishwashing detergent like Dawn. In this case it’s ok to rub it in right before putting in the wash.

STICK IT TO GUM: The easiest way to remove chewing gum on most fabrics (jeans particularly) is to put an ice cube on the gum so it freezes and gets hard: about 5-10 mins. Then scrape it off with a knife. On more delicate fabrics (other then denim) freeze, but then use an old toothbrush vs. knife to brush off gum.

HANDY DANDY SANITIZER: Our kids love to use their clothing as napkins so next time they finish eating that chocolate cone, gently scrap any excess off with a spoon then reach for clear hand sanitizer (with alcohol). Squeeze a bit directly onto the stain and dab with a micro-fiber cloth. And, next time buy them a vanilla cone.

Julie Edelman aka The Accidental Housewife is the go to gal for easy; real life time, money, and energy saving tips that maintain our home, family and manicure. She appears regularly on the Today Show with Kathie Lee ‘n Hoda, Rachael Ray, and The Doctors.  She is a New York Times best-selling author and her next tome for the home: The Ultimate Accidental Housewife: Your Guide to a Clean Enough House is the sanity saving editor forBeautiful Design Made Simple Magazine; has a webisode series for Fox News Magazine, and hosts her siteJulie’s Tips with her goal to empower, educate and engage fellow housewives along with a daily sanity saving libation.

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