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Removing Stains from Laundry April 28, 2012

Filed under: Laundry,Life with an infant — Christy @ 7:28 am

My mother can get any substance out of any garment using cold water and a bar of soap.    Maybe by the time I have a teenagers , I will have mastered the skill.

Who:  Whoever finds the stain—in my dream world.  In reality, it’s probably me.

What:  I keep a tub in the laundry room just for soaking stains.   Water is the universal solvent, and most common stains are gone in the morning.     Often, just rinsing a stain thoroughly in a good stream of water works.

Sunshine has great bleaching power.  I had ruined multiple baby clothes with oxygen bleach when I ran across this tip.  Sunshine is particularly great for removing infant poop stains, when the infant is nursing.  It still seems like magic to me.

For ink stains, use hairspray to loosen the dye, and rinse with cold water.

For blood stains, use hydrogen peroxide.

Where:  In my laundry room.  In some previous homes with less ideal laundry situations, I used the bathroom for stain treatments.

When:  As soon as possible.  (Thanks, mom!) I try to make sure that anything that needs to be soaked is soaking in the evening before I head to bed.  After the stain is treated, I can usually wash the garment normally.  It’s especially important to make sure that the stain is gone before placing the garment in the dryer, as high heat will almost always make the stain permanent.

What tricks have you picked up for removing laundry stains in your household?


Getting things done when you have an infant January 15, 2012

Filed under: Laundry,Life with an infant,Organization,Saving time — Christy @ 3:21 am

1. When I was getting up multiple times in the night to nurse, I would change laundry loads after every feeding.  Then, in themorning, all the laundry was ready to put away, or at least my husband could dig through to get what he needed.  It was well worth the extra five minutes of lost sleep every three hours.

2. When my daughter was an infant, I learned that if I would feed the baby  thirty minutes before her natural time to get up in the morning, she would sleep about until when my toddler got up.  That gave me a couple of hours of no baby time to get things of all kinds done in the morning.

3.  Use my nursing time.  My son nursed twelve hours per day and longer at times.  I found that it was a great time to catch up on phone calls and planning.  It’s also when I could do  memory work or read a book.

Let’s help out some moms who are just getting started!  What other tricks  have you learned to get things done while you had an infant?