I always love learning new tips for spot removal, laundry solutions, or anything else that helps us take care of our clothes. It’s great to be able to pass these tips onto our clients.
I remember the first time I shared my tip for getting a lipstick stain off a client’s sweater. Erin and I were there to make outfits. Erin hadn’t seen this trick either so I was excited to wow the two of them. “Do you have some hairspray?” I asked. She did. “Good,” I said. “Now, do you have two clean soft rags?” She did.
I took her sweater to the kitchen counter. I laid a towel down and then placed her sweater on top. I took one clean rag and slid it inside the sweater, under the stain. Then I sprayed some aerosol hair spray on the lipstick stain. With the other clean rag I started dabbing at the stain. Already the red lipstick started to transfer from her sweater to the soft rag. I repeated this spray-and-dab technique about three times and it was gone. G O N E. Erin and our client were amazed!
How I treated a wine stain on my white pants
I have a go to product that I use for stubborn stains. It’s on the grocery store shelves and easy to pick up. It’s called Oxi Clean. Here’s a reason to consider using it yourself: I was with my family and we were going to a concert at Uptown Theater in Napa. Chrissie Hynde was opening up for Lucinda Williams. This being in the wine country, they were serving wine in the lobby. I was going wine-less. Unfortunately, a person in my row had the urge for wine and came back with a fine red wine in a wine glass. The only problem is that I think he’d had a couple of glasses already as he wasn’t too stable on his feet. Just as he was passing me, he spilled red wine all over my white pants. It’s one thing to sit through a concert with wet wine pants but I was tapping my foot the entire time and not to the music; I was so nervous about the stain! I wanted to get home and get out of the pants and give them a Oxi Clean treatment in hopes the stain all over my thigh and halfway down my calf would disappear. Good luck, right?
By the time I got home, the wine spill was damp and sticky on my skin. I undressed and got out my Oxi Clean. I put some of the dry powder into a basin of water. I dunked the pants in, getting them completely wet, and then went to bed.
When I woke up the next morning, I went to inspect the pants, not holding out hope of a full recovery. What did I discover when I drained the basin of water? WHITE pants. All white pants. No stain. I was so joyous! I then put them through the washer on a normal cycle. I pulled them out of the washer and hung them on the clothesline to dry. I’ve been converting my clients to Oxi Clean ever since with that story.
A client shares the clean talk blog
This week a client shared a tip with me. Her washing machine had broken and she Googled the brand to get information about fixing it. What came up was a post from www.thelaundress.com. This site talks about laundry and all sorts of stain issues. There are great photos and lots of enthusiasm for cleaning going on there! They sell their own line of products including travel size cleaning supplies. (Love that idea!) Their products are presented with clean, simple labeling that made me think of Jo Malone’s fragrance and candle labels.
The Laundress had written about how to use the very washing machine my client had. She said, “Brenda, it was like reading your blog. The enthusiasm you have for fashion is the same enthusiasm they have for doing laundry!”
I’m heading home to see my dad next week. I know what I’ll be doing during those layovers in Denver. Since there’s no direct flight to Fargo, North Dakota, I’ll have time to get cozy in those Denver airport seats and read up on laundry. I’m so excited!
Do you have some miracle laundry products or solutions to share? Bring them on!