By Alison Cupp Relyea
Summertime can be surprisingly messy, especially if this is your first summer with a mobile toddler or with multiple children. Suddenly the gorgeous bedding, luxury baby wear and accessories that made it through the winter without much wear and tear are subject to an active, messy toddler. After a long day of play in the sun, it is fairly typical to return home with a tired child who is covered in dirt, snacks, and maybe a scrape or two. You want to preserve the quality items in your home, but how do you take advantage of all that summer has to offer while doing your best to prevent and treat stains? We have some suggestions here to help you stock up and get prepared.
Pretreating stains is one of the best ways to guarantee they will come out in the wash. OxiClean spray is a staple for many moms. If you prefer organic laundry products, we recommend using Seventh Generation spray or Biokleen Bac-Out to pretreat stains. Even after pretreating and soaking stained fabrics, it helps to use a stain remover in the laundry. Again, OxiClean Stain Remover works well, and for a more natural alternative, try Shaklee NatureBright Laundry Booster and Stain Remover. Of course, remember to sort your laundry for color and durability! Sometimes in summer we have a tendency to rush, and sorting colors and washing according to fabric recommendations ensures that stains come out while fabrics stay bright and beautiful. With care and time, even the finest fabrics will have a long life.
For preventing stains, there are many easy practices that will help to make sure dirt does not end up on your best fabrics. When we were children, most artwork and dirty play involved wearing a smock or old t-shirt. With toddlers, life can quickly shift from a Sunday brunch or visit with grandparents in nice clothing to a trip to the playground or sandbox. Be prepared. In addition to diapers and extra clothing, always pack an old t-shirt that you can throw on your toddler at a moment’s notice. This can help around the house, too, when you are getting ready to go out. Wearing a t-shirt until the last possible minute means stains won’t ruin your outfit or your children’s outfits moments before you walk out the door! A great way to keep track of the extra clothes when you are on the go is to use our Petite Vigogne Travel Laundry Bags in your diaper bag. You will always know what needs to be washed or replaced. Lastly, a quick shower or bath, even on the most exhausting of days, will mean that your tired toddler gets tucked into bed nice and clean, protecting those beautiful sheets from dirty fingers and toes.
Now that you have taken the time to get ahead of the summertime stains, you can get out there and enjoy the sun, sand, water and dirt with your little explorers.