Wednesday, August 12, 2009

WFMW- Laundry Pretreater

We do lots of laundry at our house. My husband comes home filthy dirty at the end of the day, so his clothes usually go straight in the washer. Our little boy LOVES to feed himself solid foods and HATES to wear bibs- not a great combination for his wardrobe.

I need a stain pretreater that works and is cost effective, so here's what I do:

Mix a cap full of whatever laundry detergent I found on sale with enough water to fill an old Shout spray bottle, then spray this on my stains and let it sit for a minute before throwing it into the machine. So far, this has been working for me.

Other ideas from around the web:

Abigail's Mommy has a great post with thrifty recipes for ALL your cleaning needs.

baby tool kit recommends simply using a bar of dial soap to pretreat stains. It could not get easier and this is one that I will be trying soon!

Chief Family Officer is loving Zout for its help in dealing with blood stains.

Do you have any laundry tips or tricks you'd like to share? Comment away!

As always, visit We are THAT Family for more great WFMW Tips!


  1. Most of our clothes are wash on cold (I don't like having clothes shrink). For most things, I use OxyClean spray (I buy the big refill bottles). I have a lot of success with it, but not on oil and tomato-based stains.

    I do 2-4 loads of laundry a day, and I sew a lot of my grils's clothes, so I want something that will take out stains, even on a gentle load

  2. For grease/oil stains I use a little dish soap. It works even if I have washed and dried the clothes before I noticed the stain. I will say though allof the new green dish soaps do not work, so I buy a small bottle to refill and use Palmolive or Dawn or whatever I find on sale.