Eight-year-old boys and white soccer uniforms are like oil and water. I mean, really??? It's a safe bet that it will be dirty before we even reach the soccer fields...
Luckily, this isn't my first rodeo! My older girls have the same uniforms, plus we've owned numerous pairs of white baseball pants over the years. So I have a few strategies for removing tough, ground in stains -- even from white clothing.
How To Remove Difficult Stains
1. Wash stained clothing ASAP
Perhaps this is a little common sense, but the longer a stain sits, the tougher it will be to remove. Washing stained clothing ASAP, means less work to remove to get them clean, saving you time and money in the long run.
2. Pretreat the stains
Pretreating stains will help to lift the dirt and grime from the fabric, allowing it to rinse away more easily in wash cycle. Depending on how large the stain is, I pretreat in one of two ways. For small stains, I keep a condiment bottle filled with BIZ Stain & Odor Eliminator in the laundry room. I use this to spot treat smaller stains, working it in to the stain with an old soft toothbrush. I let it set for 5-10 minutes and wash as usual.
For larger stains or to remove overall dinginess (as with our white soccer uniforms), I presoak the clothing in a mixture of warm water and BIZ Stain & Odor Eliminator. I keep a large dish tub in the laundry room just for this purpose. Depending on how stained the clothing is and how many items I'm soaking, I'll leave them to soak for anywhere from 1-4 hours. Then I just drain and wash as usual.
3. Ensure stains are gone before drying
Throwing still-stained clothing into the dryer can set stains permanently. So do yourself a favor and check each item over before drying. If traces of a stain still remain, repeat the pretreating step above and rewash.
Before & After BIZ
Wow, what a difference a little soak makes, huh?! My son's uniform is bright white once again. Of course, the irony is that spring season is in the books, and we'll be getting new uniforms over the summer. But I'm sure we'll have home whites again, and I'll the same strategy with my BIZ Stain & Odor Eliminator once again to keep them gleaming white!
Oh, and BIZ is amazing for removing stains from clothing of all colors. It doesn't contain bleach, just a variety of stain fighters that work for all washable clothing!
Do you have any other stain removal tips to add? I'm always happy to learn something new!
P.S. You'll also want to check out these white laundry tips to keep your white clothing looking like new longer!
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