Thursday, August 16, 2012

Airing Dirty Laundry

Clare wears a uniform to school and also has to follow some other dress-code guidelines.  One of which is that socks must be white or navy.  I bought good-quality socks for her last year and they still fit her.  But after one year on the mulch playground, the white ones weren't looking so white.  

I had already soaked them in oxiclean without making much progress.  Then after I saw this pin on pinterest and I wondered if the dish soap / hydrogen peroxide combination would work on dirty socks.  

I soaked each of the socks in a 1 part Dawn to 2 parts hydrogen peroxide solution, scrubbing extra dirty spots with an old toothbrush dipped in baking soda as suggested.  I let the damp socks sit for over an hour, then washed in hot water.  

They were MUCH cleaner this time around!  
We just gained back 3 pairs of white socks for 1st grade!  

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  1. Did you ever try soaking in equal parts of bleach to dishwasher detergent in hot, hot water?

  2. wow that is great, I cringe every time I see my boys run out of the house in their socks.
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  3. This is great! I'd suggest trying Rockin' Green detergent- it is amazing at keeping stains away! Thanks for stopping by Joie de V for Mom’s Monday Mingle- I’m your newest follower! If you haven’t already, feel free to stop back by to enter this month’s giveaway for a chance to win a skincare kit by Sibu Beauty. Have a great week!


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  5. I've seen the pin for the dawn/hydrogen combo all over Pinterest and have been wondering if it really worked. It's great to see that it does! Kids white socks are the worst (well except for my husbands undershirts but I try not to think about those).

  6. So glad to know this works! Thanks for sharing it on your blog!

  7. I saw this pin and had to try it myself as well. I hadn't done it on socks, but other difficult stains. I was very impressed. I'm going to have to soak the socks now. I hate uniforms and having the socks very white. It's a perpetual thorn in my side ;)

  8. You saved them!
    WOO HOO!
    Thanks for linking up this week to the Creative Inspirations Linky Party!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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