Back to school time means getting back into a laundry routine that may include some new stains and challenges. To help you make an A+ (or at least a passing grade!) on laundry, here are some helpful tips:
- Create a laundry sorting station for each child with inexpensive laundry hampers. Even pre-school children can separate clothes by white or colored. This will save you a bit of time.
- When you're buying school supplies, stock up on laundry products as well. Always have detergent and stain remover sticks on hand so there are no late night runs to the store.
- For any dirty sports gear or clothes like baseball and cheer uniforms that will be needed again the next day or so, skip the hamper. Go straight from the car to the washer and from the dryer back to the car.
- Use your phone to set a timer to help you remember when to move clothes from the washer to dryer.
- Turn over the responsibility of laundry to older kids. They'll learn quickly when their favorite jeans need washing and learn important skills that they'll need in a college laundry room.
Keep reading for tips on how to wash backpacks, remove school supply stains like glue and ink, treat head lice, disinfect laundry after a virus comes home and handle sports uniforms.
Welcome back to school laundry time!
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Backpacks can get pretty dirty inside and out. Just think of what gets stuffed in there! And, as every parent knows, backpacks are pretty expensive and need to last as long as possible.
Always check care labels, but most backpacks can be easily cleaned by hand washing and a bit of stain remover. The same techniques can be used for laptop and tablet protectors and cases.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
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School Supply Stains
If your kids have been crafty all summer, you may already be proficient in removing glue, paint and ink. If not, you need to be ready for the challenges. By treating stains properly, you can make those clothes a little longer until they outgrow them!
Continue to 3 of 5 below.
- How to Remove Glue Stains including glitter glue, rubber cement and super glue.
- How to Remove Sticker Residue from clothing...why do kids and teachers love them so much?
- How to Remove Ink and Marker Stains for ballpoint, Sharpie and washable marker stains on fabric and leather.
- How to Remove Paint Stains for the acrylic and oil masterpieces plus tips on how to remove paint from carpet.
- How to Remove Paper Dye Transfer for those stray sticky notes and construction paper projects that get left in a pocket.
- How to Remove Correction Fluid Stains if there are mistakes on paper and clothes!
03 of 05
Sharing is an important lesson for school kids to learn. Unfortunately, they often share more than a pencil or computer time. Head lice is a common problem in schools, day cares and any place kids gather.
There are plenty of over-the-counter products that you can use to remove the lice and nits from your child's hair. But it is equally important to handle the family laundry correctly or everyone in the household will have lice over and over and over.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
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Laundry After a Virus
The only thing that spreads more quickly in a classroom than head lice is a virus. No one wants to see a child get sick and no one wants to share the virus. Handling the laundry of the little sick one correctly will protect the rest of the family and help the child get better more quickly.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Sports Uniforms and Gear
Until your superstar gets that big college scholarship or turns pro, you'll probably be responsible for handling the smelly, dirty uniforms. Whatever sport your child chooses from baseball and basketball to wrestling, here are some tips to help you handle the laundry. And, I've thrown in some extra help for the sneakers that even mathletes wear!