I originally thought Pinterest was just another time suck because I kept pinning things and not doing any of them. So I started doing some of the cool DIY projects I found. And then I realized I could search Pinterest for solutions and great tips from other people.
Most recently, I was going through my daughter’s Kindergarten uniforms to see what was salvageable enough to pass down to an incoming Kindergarten family. Her skirts were all in great shape but the white blouses were horrible. Let me explain why:
Molly lost six teeth in Kindergarten. Yes. Six. Her big joke was that most kids just get a window in their smiles and she got a two-car garage. She’s a funny kid. ”Lost” is probably the wrong word to use in terms of Molly’s missing teeth. Once Molly realized how special you are treated in Kindergarten when you lose a tooth (not to mention the whole tooth fairy business), she started wiggling her teeth like crazy and didn’t stop until her tooth was in her hand and her blouse was spattered with blood.
In addition to that, Molly’s “two car garage” made it pretty tricky to chew and keep food in her mouth while eating. If she had ever mastered the whole “chewing with her mouth closed” rule, it would have been less of an issue. We’re working on that. Meanwhile, her blouses also ended up flecked with bits of Spaghetti sauce, ketchup, jelly or whatever else she had for lunch.
I worked on those stains throughout the year and managed to get most of them MOSTLY out. A well trained Mama eye could find them, but the shirts were passable.
And then, the weather started getting warm in the Spring and the Kindergarteners spent a lot of time OUTSIDE. I love that they got a lot of outside time, but it necessitated a heavy application of sunscreen in the mornings. Apparently the combination of sunscreen and sweat were too much for the white blouses because the collar on every shirt turned yellow. I tried sprays and even spot bleach and neither worked.
And then I was goofing around on Pinterest and I searched for “laundry stains.” I found a Pin that linked to an article called “Goodbye to Yellow Armpit Stains” on this site: One Good Thing by Jillee. In the article, she recommends using one part Dawn dish detergent, two parts Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda. I was skeptical, but gave it a try.
It worked! Check this out:
Not only did it get out the yellow stains in the collar, it also got out the remaining stains from blood/lunch. I’m blown away by how well this worked. And I feel a little nerdy that I’m excited to share photos of my laundry success.