Who Has Time For Stain Removal?

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I have to confess something, but let’s start off with a little bit of an explanation.

I was asked to write a post for Vanish and their Vanish Gold Oxi Action, Vanish Gold Crystal White and Vanish Oxi Action Trigger. Specifically, I was asked to write about  how I deal with clothes stains on my son’s clothing and how I manage to keep on top of it all.

Well, the truth is, I haven’t been.

Stain removal to me has always been something I’ve thrown into the ‘too hard’ basket. I send Elliott to daycare wearing $4 shirts for that very reason. If they get paint, dirt or other normal ‘kid mess’ on them I either cross my fingers, hoping the stains come out in the wash or if not, he goes to daycare in a t-shirt that has some faded marks, because let’s face it, it’s just going to keep on happening.

But then there’s me.

I’m probably a worse culprit for clothes stains than my 4-year-old. I’ve thrown clothes in the bin because the stain fit the ‘too hard’ basket. And before you say ‘noooooo,’ well, my clothes are never that expensive anyway because, you know, I’m a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to fashion.

I think I’ve thrown out a total of 3 pairs of white shorts.  Two pairs succumbed to the dreaded red wine spill and one pair recently had their life end when I accidentally pulled a piece of paper from under a cup of coffee, the coffee landed right in my lap. Whenever I wear white I’m a damn stain magnet, isn’t that always the way? A few months ago I clearly remember wearing my white Lorna Jane trackies to take Elliott to daycare.  We have a Toyota Kluger and so it’s a little too high up for Elliott so I picked him up to put him in his car seat and at that very moment I saw it happening in slow motion, ‘Noooooo, not your shoes on my pants’!  He wrapped his legs around me, his sneakers covered with the morning dew, grass and dirt.  Just don’t wear white around kids, ok?

So, I finally snapped myself out of the bad habit,  I mean the whole ‘not giving a hoot’ about stain removal, because really, it’s a bit of a waste.

The Vanish products now take pride of place on my laundry bench and I’ve started using the Vanish Gold Oxi Action and Vanish Gold Crystal Whites as in-wash stain removers and to brighten my whites.  I’m yet to be hit with a significant stain invasion but tomorrow I plan to brace myself, I’m going to wear white. And to test my theory again, I’m attending a ‘white party’ on Thursday.

All I can say is – bring it on stains, I’m armed now!

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WIN 4 x Vanish Gold Oxi Action and 4 x Vanish Gold Crystal White

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Yep, there’s only 3 of each here. It wasn’t until after I took the photo that I realised Elliott had whisked two away! The winner will receive 4 of each.

For your chance to win, all you have to do is follow the entry prompts in the rafflecopter below! Good luck. 

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
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  1. December 7, 2015 / 7:17 am

    LOL, can totally relate to easier to replace than wash! Except last year when I accidentally dyed my daughter’s white school shirt pink… not so cheap to replace. I’ve always used a competitor’s stain remover so would be interested to see how this brand is put to the test.

  2. December 7, 2015 / 8:43 am

    Yep, you can NEVER wear white around kids! I try and get some kind of stain remover onto our clothes as soon as they are marked and then soak them for a day before giving them a good wash. Given the boys LOVE to play up the back in the garden building ‘roads’ and ‘spaceships’ (yep really) their clothes are pretty much stained EVERY SINGLE DAY

  3. December 7, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    I don’t dare wear white! Even black is a stretch, I’m generally covered in snot trails and peanut butter fingers before I’ve even realised! I stick to different coloured patterns these days, mainly to hide the stains ;).

  4. December 7, 2015 / 4:21 pm

    I already use the pink Vanish otherwise I’d have to throw out all of bub’s clothes. I swear she gets as much dirt and rubbish on them as possible and it’s always 10x worse when she wears white. If a stain doesn’t come completely out though I hang the clothes in direct sunlight for a day because it seems to draw it out a bit further. It works on about 95% of stains.

  5. December 7, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    This is the reason I don;t own ANYTHING white! I’m hopeless when it comes to keeping things clean – I can’t even blame my kids for that!

  6. December 7, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    I do love Vanish. I have to be in the mood to de-stain but I love clean sparkling clothes.. Juts need the time to do it.

  7. December 7, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    Good luck with the stain removal test Eva! I always have a jar or Napisan in my laundry cupboard., particularly handy now that baby has started solids! I recently dyed my daughter’s new white shorts pink after it got mixed in with some hot pink sheets. Luckily I was able to remove most of it by re-washing it several times over.

  8. December 7, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    I have one white outfit that I save for special occasions. I’m such a mess fairy I daren’t have more!

  9. December 8, 2015 / 8:00 am

    Yes, white clothes do seem to be stain magnets. I use Vanish already but I still don’t put much effort into stain removal.

  10. December 8, 2015 / 6:22 pm

    Two out of three girls wear white shirts for school. They both have navy trim which makes my usual approach of bleaching out of the question. Definitely keen to try this.

  11. December 9, 2015 / 6:34 pm

    I did some stain removal yesterday for the hubster – I used hair spray to get biro out of his shirt. At first he was disbelieving but then he was very impressed with me!!!!

  12. Michelle V
    December 10, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    With three kids aged eleven and under
    The laundry’s a nightmare, is it any wonder?
    There’s uniforms, pj’s, undies and jeans
    In hues of blacks, greys, orange and greens!
    When one round is over, another begins
    My washing machine must be dizzy, oh how she spins!
    It’s a never-ending cycle, worse in winter of course
    Without a dryer, they need to dry on the horse.
    I soak the clothes to remove stains and marks
    Caused from school, home, or playing at parks
    This prize would certainly be put to good use
    And my laundry would all look clean without excuse!

  13. Sonya Blyton
    December 10, 2015 / 3:19 pm

    I’am Forever trying to keep my 2 kids white school polo shirts white….it is beyond me why schools insist on white school shirts…grrr. I can never keep them white & bright so I resorted to bleaching them but it bleached the school emblem to my horror. I had to replace 4 school shirts at $30 each…..arhhhh

  14. Sarahmary
    December 10, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    Like my mum.told me, just soak. Sometimes I’ve used soap to scrub at a stain, white soap on a white dress or top, but that’s only if I’m desperate and need to wear it straight away.

  15. Karen L
    December 10, 2015 / 4:10 pm

    Usually I soak overnight in a nappy soaker and then wash but it rarely works properly. Such a waste when you have to throw a piece of clothing out because it is stained forever. :-/

  16. karina l
    December 10, 2015 / 5:17 pm

    Spray stain remover on the stain until it froths like a mad cappuccino then chuck into the wash on “intensive” setting.

  17. Kristy
    December 10, 2015 / 7:14 pm

    My boys are always coming home from school with paint and god knows what on their shirts. I can’t managed to eat a meal without spilling it on myself lol. Love napisan for removing stains.

  18. Mary Preston
    December 10, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    I soak, I scrub, I pray.

    An amazing giveaway thank you. I might start to wear whites again.

  19. Mick G
    December 10, 2015 / 9:23 pm

    Eucalyptus oil does a great job on both but be careful of their eyes

  20. Sarah Armstrong
    December 11, 2015 / 1:15 pm

    I have tried sooooo much stuff, Vinear, Tea tree oil, Soda, best to get it when its new, rinse and then add whatever stain remover and soak in Vanish

  21. Wendy S
    December 12, 2015 / 5:33 pm

    Serious stains I soak for a day (or 2 or 3 depending on my memory that week!) then spray with Vanish spray and wash.

  22. carly
    December 13, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    i usually try to rinse it out straightaway and pray for the best lol.

  23. Danielle Roberts
    December 14, 2015 / 5:08 pm

    I am much like you i dont.

  24. July 1, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    Vomit, poop and leaking garbage on carpets. Three fun things I have dealt with.

    Scoop up the big chunks or yucky stuff from the surface of the carpet. Surface clean without pressing material down into the carpet. Spatulas work great. Then surface clean without watering too much the material down into the pad.

    Use a terry washcloth with long loops that can scrub the surface. Use a little Palmolive in warm water. Put some drops of Palmolive on the rag if you need to. Palmolive won’t leave residual soap that attracts dirt. Rinse your rag and go over the surface to lift off the soap if you can. Once you scrub the surface clear, dump a box or more of baking soda onto the spot. Depending on how big the problem. I usually make it about one to two inches thick from center to edges. I’ve gone up to three inches high for a very nasty dog diarrhea problem one time. Give it a wide border.

    This seals in the odor and wicks the moisture up from the carpet. Leave on for several days. If the top of the baking soda gets stained, pour more soda on the stained part. Leave it on up to a week if you want to. By then you can get a professional cleaner to come in and finish the job.

    If you don’t want a professional to take care of it, let that baking soda do it’s job. Spatulas work great to lift it off. Clean it again the best you can again, getting the area wet, but not soggy. Don’t soak the carpet too much or it will mold. But try to get it clean. Use a water vac if you can. Put more baking soda on it. Over and over again if you need to. Eventually the soda will suck up the rewetted matter along with the odour.

    The worst odour ever was the rotten garbage that had leaked onto the carpet. All I could do was smother it for the first six months, cleaning and changing baking soda once a month. Finally I soaked it down with 91% rubbing alcohol. I put baking soda on for another month. After that the smell was minimal. Be extremely careful with rubbing alcohol and cats. It is toxic to cats, so do not allow them near it when you use it.