a nickel and some shout

by jani on July 11, 2012

In my laundry room, I have absolutely the worst lighting possible… try comparing it to a dim candle and you can pretty much visualize  just how difficult it is to see stains on our clothes. I don’t live in an older home – actually there’d probably be a window in one of those! No… the builders were just trying to save costs and I never thought about replacing the fixtures until I did this post. That is going to be next on my  “Honey Do” list. I promise I didn’t do anything to change the coloring of this next photo… that’s just how pathetic the light is!

So I take my daily march into my bedroom or dining room (the best lighting in the house) each day to begin my process of getting those dreaded spots out (usually on HB’s gardening shirts). I have a very simple method for removing spots; it’s not ingenious… it just works… most of the time. My grandson was visiting a few weeks ago and he showed me two of his favorite shirts he got at the Brigham Young University football camp he attended. They teach them young and they work them hard, and it was evident in all the turf and grass stains across his two shirts. I took them and said, “Let me see what I can do.. no promises, buddy!”

The next morning I heard him on the phone, “Guess what, Mom? Grandma got out all my stains!”  I was pleased and my daughter-in-law said that I should blog about it so here’s my very simple key… a nickel and a bottle of Shout.

Where a stain is, spray it with Shout, hold the fabric firmly and start scrubbing with the edge of the nickel going both directions on the stain – not rocket science  I know, but it works. I also like to spray Shout on the inside of collars, cuffs and elbows. If it’s a front buttoned-down shirt, I will usually spray down the front buttonhole strip of the shirt. These areas pick up the most soiling.

One more tip: always check the washing instructions on a garment, especially if it’s new and you’re washing it for the first time. How many times have you washed a garmet then dried it, just to find out that it was either “dry clean only” or “wash on gentle cycle, hang to dry”. You now have a garment two sizes too small! #$@%!

In our busy schedule we sometimes neglect the care we should take in laundering our clothing. It actually saves us money (no replacing). And by holding up a garment to the light you can find the smallest spot. Wearing a garment that is stain-free gives a much better impression! It makes me feel better, how about you?