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When you're hosting your next party, use these quick & easy tips to Removing Stains from Entertaining: wine, chocolate or your toughest spills!

This time of year is all about the festivities: holiday work parties, school celebrations and visiting family. No one loves to prepare for a party more than I do. Getting everything ready, decorating, planning the meals, even cleaning the house; I’m a sucker for all the details leading up to the event.

Now by the time the actual party is over, I’m exhausted. Not just from the night of entertaining, but all the preparation leading up to the event as well. Plus, this mom of a toddler doesn’t stay up as late as she used to in her 20’s 😊.

When you're hosting your next party, use these quick & easy tips to removing stains from entertaining: wine, chocolate or your toughest spills! When you're hosting your next party, use these quick & easy tips to removing stains from entertaining: wine, chocolate or your toughest spills!

So as the last guest leaves our home, I’m ready to call it quits and curl up in my bed. I’m sure you’re nodding your head by now. We’ve all been there – party is over and you’re cleaning up from a fun, but tiring night. Then you spot it …. the STAINS. HEREE Whether it’s a wine stain on your couch pillow, completely destroyed cloth napkins from a guest who ate a little too much chocolate cake or lasagna sauce on your new linen pants (… that one’s me).

You’re tried, frustrated and just want to go to bed. You could stay up Googling “how to remove xyz stain”, but who knows if that bizarre DIY will really work. Do you want to risk not getting that chocolate cake stain out of your new white cloth napkins? (buying white cloth napkins is a whole other story…. I’m still trying to figure out why that was a good idea?) Instead, I rounded up my best tried and true tips to get those stains out using Persil® ProClean® laundry detergent so you can continue to celebrate the festivities.

Tips to Removing Stains from Entertaining

When you're hosting your next party, use these quick & easy tips to removing stains from entertaining: wine, chocolate or your toughest spills!
Plan Ahead

If you’re like me, you’re prepping for your party ahead of time. While you’re shopping for your famous appetizers or favorite wine, pick up your cleaning supplies (you know you’re going to need them). At Target, I grabbed the Persil laundry detergent, great for everyday laundry and to help fight tough stains (which after any good party are bound to happen). Check out their different scents!  Persil laundry detergent breaks down built-in odors to keep your clothes smelling great.

When you're hosting your next party, use these quick & easy tips to removing stains from entertaining: wine, chocolate or your toughest spills!

ASAP

Once the party ends, the very first thing I do is to grab all my linens or anything that needs to be washed BEFORE I start cleaning up. That way the washer can be going while I’m cleaning up the rest of the house. Plus I want to wash the stains as soon as possible.

While that means you may have to stay up a little later once your guests leave, I promise it’s worth it. Since I use a high-powered detergent, there’s never any fear of putting that chocolate cover white napkin in with the rest of our linens. It all comes out clean. Persil laundry detergent is a formulated with a special Pro10 Technology which delivers 10 Dimensions of Clean, a fancy term that means it deals with all those clumsy moments. (aka that lasagna spill ALL. OVER. MY. PANTS.)

Pre-Treating

Pour on enough detergent to cover the stain. There’s no point in pre-treating if you’re not cleaning the ENTIRE stain. Lightly coat the entire area of the stain. Make sure the detergent you’re using is a stain fighting detergent. Persil® ProClean™ Stain Fighting enzymes break down stains to deliver an exceptionally premium clean. Red wine stains, I’m looking at you!

Rub it In! 

Rub the Persil laundry detergent into the stain and let it sit for 5 minutes before putting it in the wash. This is the important step. Make sure you wait 5 minutes. If you’re like me and are very impatient (or super exhausted at the end of the night), setting the timer on your phone may help. It also can help to make sure you don’t forget about your laundry! Oh, how did we ever make it through the day without our fancy phones?

Hot Hot Hot!

Wash in the warmest water safe for the garment (check your tags for instructions) with Persil laundry detergent. I typically wash most of my clothes in cold water to prevent potential shrinking, but with tough stains (hello red wine), I’m more concerned with removing the stain. Persil laundry detergent has a powerful stain fighting combination for a premium clean.

Repeat?

Check your garmet BEFORE drying. Repeat if necessary. If you need to repeat, do it immediately. Don’t wait for the garment to dry, as it sets in the stain.

When you're hosting your next party, use these quick & easy tips to Removing Stains from Entertaining: wine, chocolate or your toughest spills!

That’s it! No crazy DIY or odd ingredients that you may not have in your home. No risk that your new blouse that you’ve been saving to wear until the party will be ruined in the wash (that’s me again). Removing stains from entertaining is actually easier than you’d think.  Plus. you’ll wake up in the morning with both a clean house and clean laundry 🙂 . Check out some additional laundry tips curtesy of Persil: http://cbi.as/a2mu2

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Getting clean makeup brushes is so much easier than you thought! Here’s my once a month cleaning tutorial that only takes 10 minutes!

Click here to find out my favorite tip to clean makeup brushes: the secret household product to this easy DIY cleaning solutions. Makeup brushes clean in 5 minutes!

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As a self-proclaimed (and often reaffirmed by my husband) clean freak, I always get a good laugh when I notice an item I’ve so obviously neglected.

Enter: makeup brushes.

Now there’s lots of expensive makeup cleaners out there, but with so many DIY options, why not try that first?

Just for kicks, I’ll show you my process to clean makeup brushes. It takes less than 10 minutes. (However, if you have heavy build-up on your brushes, it may take longer to wash until the water runs clear.)

Oh, and these are my FAVORITE makeup brushes. Really affordable and long lasting (which usually isn’t the case).

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

Grab all your makeup brushes and lay them out on a clean hand towel.

Put a small pour of baby shampoo in to a small dish.

Wet a brush and start swirling it in the bowl.

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Continue wetting and swirling until you have a nice soapy lather.

Then while pointing the tip of the brush downward, rinse in the sink moving the bristles back and forth until all the soap bubbles are gone.

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Give a light squeeze to drain the extra water.

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Repeat this process for each brush.

Depending on how dirty your brushes are, you may need to clean out your dish of baby shampoo before cleaning the next brush. Note, I had to do this between EACH brush 😐 😐 😐

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It’s best for the brushes to dry at a downward angle to prevent water from getting stuck inside the brush. The easiest way to accomplish this is to add a hand towel (or roll up a small wash rag) to prop up the ends of the brush while drying.

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Quick Tips: Clean your brush in the morning AFTER you put on your makeup to allow them to dry for a full 24 hours before you need them again. It’s also helpful to rotate the brushes once within the 24 hours so that both sides dry evenly.

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Since I’m in ‘makeup cleaning mode’ (if there’s such a thing), I also wiped down my actually makeup and inside my cosmetic bag with a face cleansing wipe.

Easy peasy! Clean makeup brushes. Now if only the rest of my house was as clean 🙂

Click here to find out my favorite tip to clean makeup brushes: the secret household product to this easy DIY cleaning solutions. Makeup brushes clean in 5 minutes!

 

 

 

 

 

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For all those home items that need to be washed but don’t always get to the hamper in time, keep a Dirty Laundry Reminder List near your washer.

Read on for the 5 minute solution to never forget a piece of laundry again. Create a 'Dirty Laundry Reminder List Card' placed on your washer!

Laundry seems to be an overwhelming common post on my blog, almost to a embarrassing degree. (Here, here, here AND here) Yet, as our family grows, I’m continually looking for ways to streamline our laundry process …. because the laundry piles are just getting bigger and bigger!

Have you ever come up with a solution so simple, that you can’t believe you didn’t think of it sooner? (Or one where you walk around the house for days claiming that you’re a genius?) That’s how I feel about my Dirty Laundry Reminder List.

This reminder list is simply a list of items that should be washed periodically that may not always be placed in our laundry baskets.

Too often when I wash a load of laundry, I’d forget about these need-to-be-washed-but-not-always-in-the-hamper items.

Lindsay, why aren’t your dirty clothes in your hamper? Let me clarify: MOST of them are. I promise my family is not walking around with dirty clothes on daily basis.

Read on for the 5 minute solution to never forget a piece of laundry again. Create a 'Dirty Laundry Reminder List Card' placed on your washer!

Read on for the 5 minute solution to never forget a piece of laundry again. Create a 'Dirty Laundry Reminder List Card' placed on your washer!

Here’s some examples of my ‘Dirty Laundry Reminder List’:

Declan’s jacket could use a wash probably every week. I don’t want to put it in the hamper if I’m not doing laundry immediately (I typically do laundry weekly) or I won’t have a jacket available for him when I need to grab it.

Another example is our family room couch pillow covers. These white pillow covers can get dirty SO easily (I know I know. White? What was I thinking?), so anytime I’m doing a load of whites, I like to throws these pillow cases in the laundry.

One more example: kitchen towels. I store dirty kitchen towels and rags in this canvas bag for easy storage before laundry day. Our laundry room is on the second floor, so it’s much quicker to store a dirty towel in these bags in our kitchen pantry instead of running upstairs each time.

OK, so what’s the solution? Since I like to keep a list of most aspects of my life, I do the same for my laundry needs.

Read on for the 5 minute solution to never forget a piece of laundry again. Create a 'Dirty Laundry Reminder List Card' placed on your washer!

On top of my washer near my detergent, I keep this list of all the additional items to potentially wash before I start a load. For my family, this list items such as:

To grab a copy of your own customizable Dirty Laundry Reminder List, just download it from our Organization Toolkit now!

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Already a member? Head over to the Organization Toolkit to access your FREE Dirty Laundry Reminder List!

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With all the excitement of having a baby, I never thought about ALL the laundry I would be doing. Oh, the laundry. Who could imagine someone so little causing so many loads of laundry. My girlfriends told me I’d be doing laundry every day after Declan was born, but I shrugged it off. Not me. I’m organized. I’m efficient. And I’m NOT doing laundry every day.

Well, let me tell you: this organized gal was quite humbled. It took me quite a to figure out how to keep baby clothes clean without doing laundry daily. Before you ask, yes, I likely have lots of baby clothes (thanks to my mom!). Baby clothes are a lot like underwear – the more you have the less often you need to do laundry. But I promise, the quantity of Declan’s clothes has nothing to do with our improved laundry process.

From blankets dragging on the floor, baby food all over their sleeves and the diaper changing pad …. well you know 😊, I’ve learned some tips to being efficient with our family laundry AND keep all the baby clothes clean.

The secrets every mom wants to know: how to keep baby clothes clean without having to do piles of laundry every day. We've got all the tips you need!

My favorite tips to keep baby clothes clean 

Pre-wash all your baby fabrics

Even before the baby gets home, it’s a good idea to wash all of your baby clothes. You never know what kind or dirt or germs might be lurking on clothes just brought home from the store.

Everyone’s laundry together

Tackling the family’s tough laundry loads can be challenging. It’s tempting to wash piece of laundry separately based upon the need: whites, colors, jeans, extra dirty clothes, baby clothes, etc. That’s how we used to do our laundry. Then little Declan arrived and there was no way I had time for that anymore. I was lucky if I was doing ANY laundry.

Instead of sorting and washing our laundry based on the clothing type, I put the majority of our clothing together in the same load with cold water. Hot water can shrink and fade my favorite clothing.

The secrets every mom wants to know: how to keep baby clothes clean without having to do piles of laundry every day. We've got all the tips you need!

 

Spot clean the little accidents

Baby messes happen. A lot. Whether it’s from food or diaper, it’s a good idea to keep a set of baby wipes within arm’s reach. We have a pack in every room of the house, in our car, AND the diaper bag. Spot clean accidents right away. If you can whisk off the soiled clothing into the washer right away, that’s even better (see below for next tip). If not, the wet wipe helps dilute any offending stain or smell until you can get to the wash.

Wait for a blow out

You know when you come up with a solution and you just think: “wow, I’m actually a genius”?? That’s how I feel about this tip. LIFE CHANGING. Since having Declan, I’ve changed my laundry schedule significantly. Well technically we don’t have a schedule. We wait. We wait for a diaper blowout. Gross, I know. But it’s going to happen once or twice a week.

Whether a diaper blow out or a little too much food on his shirt, that’s when I do laundry. Fortunately (or unfortunately, I’ll let you decide), this scenario happens often enough for the laundry to never pile up that high. I just hated doing laundry for a couple pieces of clothing.

Skip the fabric softener

Fabric softeners only mask odors and aren’t even recommended for use on most athleticwear and towels. Plus, fabric softeners don’t help get those dirty baby clothes clean, while detergent alone doesn’t kill all the bacteria.

 

The secrets every mom wants to know: how to keep baby clothes clean without having to do piles of laundry every day. We've got all the tips you need!

Clip outfits together

I’ll admit, it takes me a little while to remember which onesie goes with which pants and which jacket. Joe’s love of University of Alabama football prevents us from dressing Declan in the rival team colors of orange and blue baby outfits (which apparently are super popular color combos for boys). So instead we’ve got a lot of greens & blues.

It always takes me a couple minutes to remember which outfits go together. So now, when I put an outfit in the hamper, I connect the outfit together with a fastener (you could use any clip you have in the house) so that I don’t have to remember once the clothes are dry. It makes it easy to hang outfits together once they’re clean & dry.

What are the tips that you use to keep baby clothes clean?!?

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Those cute little baby clothes look so adorable in the store and even cuter the first time you put them on your bundle of joy. But after a couple months of use and well, one too many blowouts and food stains, those once adorable clothes can look like they’ve had years of use. I want to keep all Declan’s clothes looking as ‘new’ as possible to use for a second kiddo eventually.

But, oh man, some of those stains. It’s an ugly sight. I’m in the process of trying to get all Declan’s smaller baby clothes stain free with the help of Persil® ProClean® laundry detergent before storing them away. Here’s how:

Tips to Removing Baby Clothes Stains

As with all products, always test for colorfastness before pretreating. Test the product on a small hidden section of the fabric for color fastness.

1 It goes without saying, try to wash the stains as soon as possible. I have a laundry rule in our house. We ONLY do laundry when Declan has a blowout or food stain. Let’s be honest, this happens regularly. Since I use a high-powered detergent, there’s never any fear of putting one of Declan’s diaper blowout pajamas in the laundry with our nice clothes. It all comes out clean.

2 Pour on enough detergent to cover the stain. There’s no point in pre-treating if you’re not cleaning the ENTIRE stain. Lightly coat the entire area of the stain. Make sure the detergent you’re using is a stain fighting detergent.

We tried out Persil® ProClean® laundry detergent. It’s a great everyday laundry detergent that also tackles those really tough (errr… disgusting) stains.

3 Rub the Persil laundry detergent into the stain and let it sit for 5 minutes before putting it in the wash. This is the important step. Make sure you wait 5 minutes. If you’re like me and are very impatient, setting the timer on your phone may help. It also can help to make sure you don’t forget about your laundry!

Oh, how did we ever make it through the day without our fancy phones?

4 Wash in the warmest water safe for the garment (check your tags for instructions) with Persil laundry detergent. I typically wash most of my clothes in cold water to prevent potential shrinking, but with tough baby clothes stains, I’m more concerned with removing the stain. Persil laundry detergent has a powerful stain fighting combination for a premium clean.

5 Check the results before drying. Repeat if necessary. If you need to repeat, do it immediately. Don’t wait for the garment to dry.

Tada …. baby clothes stains goodbye!

For even more tips to remove all types of stain (think: anything from red wine to markers), Persil laundry detergent  has tips to keep your clothes looking their best!

Need to upgrade your laundry cleaning? We tried a trial size of Persil ($1.99 for 10.1-ounce package) from Target®, enough to wash 6 full loads of laundry (lots of stained baby clothes!). It was named “Best New Liquid Laundry Detergent” by Family Circle in 2017.

Love it?! There’s a $2 off coupon found on the back of the bottle for a future purchase (excludes 6 load or less trial / travel size).

 

 

 

 

 

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