Mud, Markers and Other Messes: How to Remove Stubborn Kids' Stains

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Mud, Markers and Other Messes: How to Remove Stubborn Kids' Stains

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Laundry Tips to Get Nearly Everything Out of Your Kids' Clothes

If there's one thing you can count on, it's that the second you put your kid in a cute outfit, she will, without fail, immediately meet the business end of a yogurt tube, have a surprise "messy art day" at preschool, or get her hands on a permanent marker. But it's all going to be okay. With these stain busting tips from experts Susan E. Taylor, an educator in Consumer and Family Economics at the University of Illinois Extension and Martha Chapin from the American Cleaning Institute we'll help you get nearly any common stain out of your kids' -- and your own! -- clothes.

Stain-Smart 101
In general, treat stains as soon as possible. The older the stain, the more difficult it will be to remove. Know the difference between water-based and oily stains before washing -- oily stains must be pre-treated or they won’t come out in the wash. All stain removal methods should be applied prior to laundering washable garments. Stains that have been laundered and dried are almost impossible to remove.

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