5 Stain Removal Tips

We’ve all had that sinking feeling when something splashes onto your favorite item of clothing – you can’t walk into a room with the same level of confidence once your outfit for the day is stained.

Fortunately it doesn’t mean the end of your garment. You can get rid of virtually any stain; all you need is the right approach.

Tip 1 – Assess The Stain

The first thing you need to do when dealing with a stain is figure out what it is. You may know if it has just happened or it is your clothing. But, you may not be aware of when it happened or, it might not be your clothing.

You’ll need to look at the stain to decide if it is food based or something else. This will help you to decide how to treat it.

Tip 2 – Brush

It’s a good idea to lightly brush your stain. This should remove any excess of the contaminant. Of course you need to do this gently to ensure you are not going to damage the fabric.

Scraping of the excess will also help you to deal with the actual stain and not waste detergent and effort on excess contaminants that can be easily removed.

7 Best Smelling Laundry Detergent Products with Natural Oils

The longest lasting and best smelling laundry detergent should effectively clean stains, and work as a fabric softener. You might enjoy some fresh or floral flavors, but you begin your search by looking for the product that cleans all the stains that you and your family are exposed to.

If someone from your family has an allergy, then your search for the best smelling laundry detergent narrows down. You might believe you can only purchase products which have no smell at all. However, detergents with natural oils might be hypoallergenic if you know the substances you’re sensitive to. Detergents with natural oils are also suitable for those with sensitive skins who constantly run from irritation. Below you can discover more about 7 of the best smelling laundry detergent products and why customers appreciate them.

Lavender: Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Laundry Detergent

A detergent which contains surfactants (compounds which help the detergent mix with laundry for cleaning purposes) from plants and essential oils. These also provide the detergent with a subtle but fresh lavender flavor. It also works as a stain pre-treater which is compatible with most washing machines. You can check this review to see more of how the natural ingredients of Mrs. Meyer’s detergent work.

The product doesn’t leave the clothes stiff. Customers and reviewers are impressed of this detergent as it breaks the cliché that products with natural oils might not always provide remarkable results. You use one tablespoon per load. Manufacturers claim that it lasts up to 68 loads.

Lily of the Valley: The Laundress Signature Detergent

If you enjoy romantic and delicate aromas, then you will find no less than for of them in the Laundress Signature Detergent. It contains natural fragrances from lily of the valley, jasmine, citrus and sandalwood essential oils. Moreover, it allows you to effectively clean cashmere or even silk. The detergent may contain many natural ingredients. Yet, it is also concentrated enough to last for up to 64 washes.

Such a product whitens and brightens laundry, while preserving intense color. The stain-fighting enzymes help you clean wash laundry and towels while preserving their softness. You can us it in all water temperatures and for all skin allergies.

Geranium Blossoms and Vanilla: Seventh Generation Concentrated Laundry Detergent

Even though it has 100% natural scents, the Seventh-Generation detergent doesn’t stand out for its aroma. The product impresses because it fights tough stains with 96% plant-based ingredients. The detergent even has a USDA certification for its quality and ingredients. As per its manufacturers, the product lasts up to 53 medium loads per bottle in a standard or high efficiency (HE) washing machine.

Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder

Have you ever heard of Molly’s Suds? It’s an environmentally healthy laundry detergent that is made to use for people with allergies and sensitive skin. It doesn’t have all the chemicals, dyes, and perfumes that most detergents do, so it’s easier on your skin (and the planet).  Another cool thing is that you use less then with most other brands- one bag lasts about 60 medium size loads (for the basic bag). Clothes come out looking just as fresh and clean, without all the nonsense.

Comprised of only five earth ingredients and formulated especially for sensitive skin, Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder is safe and ideal for your clothes AND your family. PLUS, rated “A” in the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning!

Consumer Reports #1 Rated Detergent, Persil

Persil is a popular laundry detergent brand which originated in Europe and is now available in the USA. Your clothes will thank you for trying this; its powerful stain-fighting, exceptional whitening, and amazing freshness are unbeatable.

It recently beat out long time favorite Tide for the #1 slot- as a long time Tide lover, I was dubious I would like it as much, let alone more.  After trying it, I can tell you that I do like it just as much, and the smell is fantastic.  I love the scent- it is long lasting, fresh, and fills the room with a clean and uplifting fragrance. The clothes are also clean and it is good at cleaning the messes your family leaves on clothing, which is really all you can ask for in a detergent.  You can use it for colors or whites, as well.

Gain Laundromat Takeover

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Gain. I received a promotional item as a thank-you for participating.

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Gain laundry detergent can do a wonderful job of cleaning your clothes and linens.  Personally we recently gave the new Gain Flings Moonlight Breeze a try.  With Oxi Boost and Febreze, this detergent is a winner.  We of course had high expectations and Gain exceeded those expectations with a wonderful scent and an even more powerful detergent which scrubbed all the clothes to sparkling clean.

Gain is also bringing a bit of culture and entertainment to some local laundromats.  They are doing this by bringing community created art displays to laundromats around the Bronx, Spanish Harlem, and Washington Heights.

The locations of these beautified laundromats are:

Tuck In. Turn Off. Tide Sweet Dreams

Tuck in, turn off and sweet dreams sound like three important factors when trying to fall asleep.  And while true Tuck In Turn Off is actually a new pledge by Downy, Tide and Bounce.  You see according to a poll by the National Sleep Foundation approximately 41% of Americans have problems sleeping at least a few nights a week.  The main reason being the inability to ‘turn off’.

Instead of sleeping or winding down before bed, the bed is just another place to get things done.  Some tweet, some text and some updated their Facebook status before bed.  Are any of these really necessary?  Probably not.  So pledge to have a more relaxed bed time ritual.  The key components of your ritual should be:

1) A half hour before bed shut off your phone, your computer, tablet, telegraph machine etc.

2) Give yourself 8 hours to sleep

3) Nothing with a keyboard or touch screen while in bed. Period. No quick games, no quick texts, nothing but a sweet pleasant sleep.

4)  Give yourself a calming soothing environment.  This is where the Tide, Downy and Bounce come in.  With their new Sweet Dreams Collections.  Each component of the collection has some special scent to help lull you to sleep.  The included products are:  Tide plus a touch of Downy Sweet Dreams, Downy Unstopables Dreams, Downy Infusions Sweet Dreams and Bounce Sweet Dreams. All of which have a touch of vanilla and a hing of lavender.  Lavender is a proven sleep promotion agent, helping get those precious Zzzzz ‘s without the side effects or chemicals.