Stains be gone

By | October 7, 2013

 stains be gone

So I had way too much fun with back-to-school shopping for Coco.

Girl clothing? So. Fun.

Like, I’m not even looking forward to shopping for Chaucer one day. Sorry, but the stuff that I like he won’t even touch with a ten foot pole. I try to bring out the hipster in him. Unfortunately, he’s only interested in wearing something with a super-hero emblem on it.

And that’s kind of hipster of him, right?

Anyways, I loved getting Coco tiny clothes that I would totally wear. Like this polka-dot/striped shirt and headband.

coco black and white

Oh wait, that is my headband. But still. I want that shirt.

And don’t get me started on these Joe’s Jeans and denim jacket we bought from Nordstrom Rack.

denim and joes

Even if they came in my size they wouldn’t look nearly as cute on me.

We bought her a few nice things and hope that they’ll last until December. Homegirl grows every other week, so this is classified as a “high hope.” And yet…I found something.

Ok, I didn’t exactly “find” it. It was sent to me. This is the part of my life that makes me so thankful to be a blogger! I get to try new things–things that I now cannot live without.

Enter Tide Pods.

So…if you follow my Instagram feed you’ll note that though cute, my kids like to get dirty. They are the messiest, dirtiest, most rambunctious children I have ever met–besides myself. I have pretty much avoided all white clothes from the get-go. Even those white newborn onesies turned yellow after the second week home from the hospital.

I’ve used quite a few stain removers. I’ve done the whole soaking method, the spray and wait method, and the lets-hope-the-third-time-is-the-charm method with stain removal.

But I have to admit, it’s kind of annoying. I’ve gotten lazy. Because, seriously? Every article of clothing needs to be “prepped” before it goes in the wash. Matt and I are casualties of our own messes. My husband’s staple accessory is a stain of buffalo sauce on his belly. {Believe it or not, he eats buffalo chicken every. single. freaking. day!}

And while I maintain the grace of a butterfly, my loved ones just don’t have it. I fall prey to their stray missiles of chocolate pudding, ketchup, and buffalo sauce.  And while I wear those marks like a badge of honor–I still want to get them off at the end of the day!

Gosh dangit! Can’t I have anything nice around here?

Uh, no. Not until you’re children graduate high school, and only until they start procreating. Apologies, ma’am.

Step aside, Jeeves. I’ve found the solution.

Well, one of the solutions. Tide Pods!

If I’m being honest I will say that I’ve seen these suckers over the last few months and thought they were way overpriced. I skip over them for the cheaper, more economical option.

But then I review them. And….

Well, I’m a changed woman. No lie–these little suckers WORK! Like, even if I wasn’t paid to review them, I would tell you that they work. And I will tell you that they are worth the extra duckets. Why? Because they save your clothes!

What four-year-old needs a pair of Joe’s Jeans?? Heck! I don’t even have Joe’s Jeans. But the fabric is great, they don’t fall off her butt (like most pants do), and they are comfortable on her picky body (and, if you must know, they were on sale!). However, I’m not ok with these babies getting ruined from the inevitable spill. I’m just not.

So we put them to the test. We did this cute photo shoot showcasing my favorite back-to-school outfit…and then I gave her chocolate pudding.

And we wound up with this.

Before tide pods

I resisted the urge to prep these beloved pants with a spray and wash solution. Instead, I just popped in one Tide Pods pac.

These Tide Pods have an innovative, multi-chamber design that separates ingredients until they hit the wash for outstanding cleaning power.

After an agonizing spin cycle and delicates dry–I was relieved to find that the pants shed the pudding stains and remained as bright and cheery as ever.


stains be gone


I apologize for the weirdness of color. The first photo was taken without flash, and the second with flash. But I wanted you to REALLY be able to see that no stains remained.

I’m excited to have landed on a product that will maintain the quality of Coco’s back-to-school wardrobe. Like, really excited!

I’m also excited to introduce white back into my wardrobe…


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83 thoughts on “Stains be gone

  1. One Frugal Girl


    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  2. angie lilly

    PLUM! It is one of my fav colors but only my winter/fall clothing is in it! Have already enjoyed breaking out my plum, knitted kitty hat and now comes the long sleeve t-shirt!

  3. Nicole Larsen


  4. hallie p

    I love to wear bright colors like bright greens and blues and YELLOW! But here in florida we dont have much of a weather change!

  5. Lisa Brown

    tweet –

    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com


    I am excited about bringing back beige, brown and olive into my wardobe

  7. hollow tree ventures

    I want black! Yes, most of my clothes are already black, but they only *used to be* black. It would be nice if I had a detergent that didn’t turn them grey after three washes.

  8. Kathy at kissing the frog

  9. Danielle F.

    Plum purple, deep turquoise and black.. always love black.

  10. Jessie C.

    I’m also excited to introduce burgundy back into my wardrobe.

  11. jennifer horn

    I’m excited to introduce oranges and reds, brown and yellow.

  12. angie lilly

    I tweeted here:

  13. Betty C

    Chocolate, turquoise and orange are my favorite fall colors.

  14. Autum

    Love Joes Jeans! I’ve purchased several pairs over the years for my boys and not only do they wear well but they look darn good on them. I’m excited to reintroduce a variety of red and oranges with the tans and browns back into my wardrobe.

  15. Kathy at kissing the frog

    I love oranges and browns for the fall.

  16. Harmony B


  17. Wild Orchid

    I am excited to reintroduce red and orange back into my wardrobe. I love fall colors.

  18. Thomas Murphy

  19. Amanda Sakovitz

  20. Betty C

    Tweet –

  21. One Frugal Girl


    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  22. Amy Tong


  23. Lori Wescott

    I’m excited about two things: SCARVES & BOOTS! I am a scarf whore if there ever was one! Yesterday the high was 68 degrees here in Nashville. The only thing I did was take my son to the doctor, but I looked good doing it!

  24. Mami2jcn


  25. Jessica

    Love bringing back my camel-colored sweaters and brown boots. And I’m totally jealous that you get to pick out her clothes and she actually wears them, McKenna will debate with me for hours over every single outfit.

  26. hallie p

    I tweeted!

  27. stephanie

    tweet: .

  28. Erika

    I should try these, because food stains from my kids can be impossible sometimes!

  29. Aleta

    I would give some to my mother-in-law who turned my 7 month old’s baby BOY cloths PINK.. ackkkk!! Lol. Oh well.

  30. Amy Tong

    Brown is the color that I welcoming back to my wardrobe this fall.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  31. Wild Orchid



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