Is your kid playing baseball this fall? Does your child love sliding? And are you struggling to keep your child's pants clean? In addition to all the time spent going to and from the game, and sweating through your clothes as you cheer from the stands, the #1 thing most parents report doing during the fall is washing their kids' uniforms. Maybe you've found a method that works for you, but we find that most parents are still searching for the silver bullet to solve all their baseball laundry woes. If that describes you, today's post is for you. Read on to discover X parent-approved ways to get those baseball uniforms clean!
It's all fun and games until it's time to do the laundry
Do you remember the excitement of getting your child ready for their first game? If you're like us, you spent way too long looking at various baseball pant options upon learning what color was required for the team. Then on the first day of practice, you made sure to take all the pictures while your little boy or girl spent most of their time picking weeds in the outfield. Those days were easy. Then at some point, something clicks and that kid is hitting, sliding and getting dirtier than you even thought possible.
Watching your kid live their best life is a blast, but scrubbing all that dirt, clay and grass out of their white baseball pants HURTS - literally. And it is so time consuming. We find that after awhile (usually one or two games), moms usually start trading tips for getting the "diamond" out of the pants. We've heard it all and taken a few notes. And since we love to share, here's some of the top words of advice to get those baseball uniforms clean.
1. Whatever you do, don't throw the uniform in the dryer.
Regardless of what technique you're using to treat the stain, never throw your kid's jersey or pants in the dryer. If it's stained at all, that stain will be permanently sealed once it hits the dryer. So, to avoid this from happening, just air dry. It's better for the clothes anyways.
Pre-treating stains is a no-brainer and there are various ways and products to use when pre-treating baseball uniform stains. Here's a few ideas:
- Soak the uniform in hot water with either Shout or Oxy-Clean first before washing in the washing machine. Some parents like to use Iron-Out in the wash following this pre-treatment.
- Scrub those baseball uniform stains, specifically the knees, with Lava soap, then use the pre-wash cycle of your machine.
- Scrub any dirt stains with Fels-Naptha soap, then use the steam setting on your washing machine.
- Soak stains with Tide and Iron Out. Then use the sanitize setting on your washer for an extended time (3 hours).
- Soak stained items in a Dawn/hydrogen peroxide mix along with hot water overnight.
- Spray the entire uniform with Grease Lightning then soak with White Brite Laundry Whitener or Iron Out. Scrub the stains with a brush, then wash as usual with HOT water.
- Use a scoop of oxy-clean with the hottest water you can tolerate and pre-soak overnight. Spray some more oxy on it in the morning, and rub it in. Then throw it in the wash on a hot setting.
3. Use Hot Water
The one consistent thing we hear from parents is to use hot water after pre-soaking. While cold water normally does a good job of cleaning your clothes, if you're trying to remove stains from your kids' baseball uniforms, it's important to turn up the heat.
4. Air Dry
Again, it's worth repeating. Do not throw your kids' uniforms in the dryer.
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