Perhaps I’ve never made it totally and thoroughly clear that I really hate to spend money. My parents think I am slightly hilarious. Honestly, I was never this way until about two years ago, when I started thinking seriously about being a stay-at-home-mom and needing to cut back our budget.
One thing I’ve always hated buying, though, is laundry detergent. It’s so expensive! So, for pretty much our entire marriage, I’ve used Arm & Hammer. I think it works well, they have an unscented/undyed formula that I’ve been able to use for Libbie’s clothes, and it’s the least expensive decent brand out there.
We’ve reached the point in toddlerhood, however, that I am surrounded by stains. Spaghetti sauce on the shirt. Blueberries on the pants. Applesauce in her hair (too bad laundry can’t take care of that). I’ve taken to soaking things in OxiClean overnight, but sometimes those stubborn stains linger on. It kills me to see stains on clothes that are brand-new–or even just new to us!
So when Mr. V came home with a sample of Tide Stain Release, which has been heavily promoted online and on TV, I decided to do a little test drive. I’d not bought any yet because of the high price, even with coupons. But I decided if it could truly get out tough laundry stains that OxiClean couldn’t, I would cave and buy some.
Here are my BEFORE specimens:
Food stain (peanut butter?) on brand-new Gymboree shirt (not yet washed, sat in dirty clothes for a week)
Bib with spaghetti-sauce stain (fresh)
Shirt with snot on it (just keepin’ it real!)
Not sure if you can tell, but this brand-new Gymboree shirt has some sort of bluish spot from its first run in the washer. I was distressed!
My shirt wasn’t perfect, but the bigger spots seemed to be gone. I could at least wear it in public again!
The collar of the shirt was clean as can be!
The bib wasn’t perfect–but it WAS spaghetti sauce. It did get a great deal of the stain out.