No, I’m not reminding you to brush your teeth today (but if you need a reminder, you can take it that way :), I’m telling you about a great tool to get stains out of clothing.
My dear little S sat in church last Sunday and happily wrote all over his pant leg in pen. This child doesn’t ‘get’ that we don’t usually write on our clothing or our bodies. Of course, it doesn’t help that Daddy puts ‘tattoos’ in ink on their arms from time to time, and that Big A got to have everybody sign her VBS shirt in permanent marker this summer. So there is a considerable amount of mixed information coming into the little guy’s head. But still. I asked a friend after church if she ever got pen out of clothing, and she told me she scrubs out stains with soap and a toothbrush. I went home and tried it, and can announce to you that S can wear those khakis again with no embarrassment. (He doesn’t care, but I do!) There will be a lecture next Sunday on the way to church though; the content will include treating our clothing with respect and not making more work for Mommy.
But that is really the heart of my tip- the toothbrush accomplishes the task because I am willing to put some elbow grease into the task. I have to be willing to work to get things done. Deep thought, I know! I remember when we only had Big A, and she would stain her clothes. I would stand at the sink and scrub out the stains before I washed the clothes. Then came Big S and I did that a little less. A little less after each one, to now I am having to ask somebody how to get stains out. It should be common for me to work at keeping our clothes nice. They have been given to us by God, and I should be a good steward and be willing to put the work in to make them last.
Check out classic tips at Shannon’s.