March 23 10

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Arm & Hammer.

Oh, laundry.

I do a tremendous amount of laundry. I do. I mean, we are a family of five. And truth be told, I actually  don’t mind doing laundry. I enjoy being able to disappear into a laundry room where no one can find me and I find folding laundry eerily calming. It’s really only the putting-away-of-laundry that I take issue with…which is why I have four hampers filled with clean laundry all ready to be put away. Tomorrow. Or maybe the next day.

So, putting it away. And finding a perfect stain solution. Oh yes. I have sampled them all. That Spray and Wash pink and white dual thingamajig. The Tide Stain Brush. Some sort of Shout gel. I take recommendations from friends, from other moms, from random strangers at Target.

You see, I live with pigs. I mean, I love my family dearly….but no one can manage to keep clean. Isabella drags her sleeves through her food, through her painting, through just about everything. She can’t drink without spilling. She can’t eat without dropping. She can’t color without slipping. It’s just a fact of life. She is always covered in something. And Josh. Josh plays baseball and thinks that sliding is an art form. So, he usually comes home from games with pants that look a little like this…

Why they make them wear WHITE is beyond me.

And Emily. She’s my neatest child. Which is why, heaven help me, she hides her stained clothing from me and usually I don’t discover them until AFTER they have been washed and then, um, set in, like this…

Because I am constantly doing very active children’s very dirty clothing, I was thrilled when this showed up on my doorstep.

I mean, you see what this is, right? It’s ARM & HAMMER® plus OxiClean® Power Gel Laundry Detergent. It’s a detergent with a stain fighter already in it. It’s brilliant. BRILLIANT, I tell you.

So, brilliant, in fact, that I am not going to actually tell you. I’m just going to let the pictures do the talking…



Oh my god, you guys. This is IT. It’s perfect for my messy kids. It’s perfect for my kid who hides her stains from me. It’s perfect.


Arm & Hammer isn’t just offering a product that you are going to want, nay need, to own, they also want to give you a chance to win a $200 VISA gift card. All you have to do is tell me, in the comment below, what outdoor (or indoor) activity generates the most amount of stains. OR tell me what the very worst stain to ever had was. I can tell you mine. It involved some walls and some carpeting and some NONwashable Crayola Markers (You know you’ve got some dirty laundry to share!)

Don’t forget:

to visit Arm & Hammer’s official site for some more information about this product.

to visit the special offers page for more reviews and more chances to win.

to visit the official rules page for more information about this contest.

Good Luck! The contest runs until 5:00pm (PST) on April 30, 2010.

Rating: ★★★★★

  1. Worst stains ever…a roommate who grabbed my work pants to “help me out” and washed and dried them with a deep pink chapstick in the pocket.

    Comment by Stephanie M on March 23, 2010
  2. Since I don’t yet have kids, my worst stains come from my boyfriend…and well, me. See, we are a family of spillers, so stain fighting is a way of life for us. Truly, between us all we need to do is LOOK at a drink and it will spill epically all over the living room. Yikes. Going to buy some of this detergent and hope it saves me like it saved you!

    Comment by Megan on March 23, 2010
  3. Eating and cooking. Let’s just say I’ve got a lot up top, so when food falls off the fork or spoon, it goes right on to my top. I cannot tell you how many shirts I’ve ruined because something was oil based and even those show up on black shirts. I hate it. And while I do keep a Tide pen in my purse, it doesn’t always work.

    Comment by Carrisa on March 23, 2010
  4. How to choose the worst stain? There are so many in this house – coffee stains on shirts – kids playing outside – yogurt from lunch, anything my son wore when he was on prevacid for reflux…..

    Comment by Pauline on March 23, 2010
  5. My daughter is a little makeup-loving diva. And her aunt works for a cosmetic company. Thus the forgotten red lipstick in her pants pocket that went through the washer and dryer. Worst stain ever, and it ended up on everything.

    Comment by Gina on March 23, 2010
  6. Eating. I don’t know what they put in baby food, but the squash leaves the nastiest stains.

    Comment by Libby on March 23, 2010
  7. My son likes to use his shirt collar as a napkin. So I am constantly treating stains on his school shirts.

    Comment by Amy Hale on March 23, 2010
  8. My husband left a cheap pen in his pocket that went through the wash. It survived the washing machine but I think the heat from the dryer did it in. It EXPLODED. Thankfully it was a small load of darks so it didn’t destroy… much.

    Comment by Jen_Ann_W on March 23, 2010
  9. i am also guilty of spilling everything within a 10 foot radius of me. some of my best stains include:
    -chapstick left in pockets of some favorite hoodies during their turn in the dryer.
    - yellow-y, or dark (dont ask me how) deodorant/sweat stains on the underarms of my white shirts: that stuff NEVER comes out; therefore i am dedicated to only wearing dark colored tops
    -cat pee on my bed spread. NOTHING will get rid of that satanic smell.
    - residue/oil from my night cream that gets on my pillow case. the smell is washed away with no problem, but the shape of half my face remains on the case…wtf?

    Comment by k-tee on March 23, 2010
  10. My worst stain was when my piece of emergency chocolate melted in my cacky pants pocket. It was a nightmare and I had to throw the pants out. This looks like a good detergent!
    .-= Tammi Marie´s last blog ..Catalog Browsing – Dreaming of Spring =-.

    Comment by Tammi Marie on March 23, 2010
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  12. I have two sons who apparently consider their T-shirts their own personal wearable cloth napkins. And a husband who is pretty much the same! LOL :)

    Comment by Amanda C on March 23, 2010
  13. Now does this work on dark clothing?
    I love arm & hammer already I think its amazing! However since I work in a kitchen, grease and other misc food stains are rather abundant and no matter what I do, I can not get what appears to be a huge oil slick out of my grossly over priced (Which I didn’t pay for but still) custom made chef jacket. Hmmm, will have to give this a whirl.

    Comment by Steph on March 23, 2010
  14. My daughter can’t eat a meal without staining her clothing. Ketchup on the sleeve, jelly down the front…if she’s eating it so is her shirt.

    Comment by Arica on March 23, 2010
  15. adam is my own personal pigpen from charlie brown. he could be eating CRACKERS and still get stains all over everything.

    Comment by obabe on March 23, 2010
  16. Worst stain ever…blood on my son’s white (WHY ARE THEY WHITE?) baseball jersey after he took a bat to the head (and subsequent trip to the ER).

    Comment by Jenn on March 23, 2010
  17. Baseball pants are my biggest stain issue, too. 10 months a year of baseball is Southwest Florida is hard on those things!

    Comment by LibraryGirl62 on March 23, 2010
  18. Oh my God, I can actually feel my blood pressure rising as I prepare to recount this story.
    The scene: Thanksgiving Day. Our house. Husband helpfully attempting to drain the turkey juices (AKA butter and oil) into a garbage bag. Spills aforementioned juices ALL over himself. Cleans up with several dish towels. Crisis averted! Later that night, I throw our fancy holiday haberdashery in the washer. Forgot about the oil soaked clothing already in there. Despite nine washings, fancy clothing is declared a total loss as they are all completely bedecked in oil spots!!

    Comment by Jenn on March 23, 2010
  19. Does simply existing count as an outdoor activity? Because I can’t go ANYWHERE without getting something potentially stain-worthy on my clothes. Grass stains are the worst, as is mud (ewh) and huckleberry pie? You might as well just start a good fight if you get any of that on you.

    Comment by Kerri Anne on March 23, 2010
  20. Potty training. Enough said.

    Comment by Mama Bub on March 23, 2010
  21. Hm… the thing that generates the worst stains?? I would say children eating. I swear their clothes are never the same after they’ve eaten in them once!!

    Comment by Maria on March 23, 2010
  22. I ruin all of my work dresses with ink stains.

    Comment by slynnro on March 23, 2010
  23. With two little ones I have had my fair share of explosive breast fed baby poop diapers… nice mustardy orange stains on anything that got close

    Comment by Maile on March 23, 2010
  24. My 8-year-old’s baseball pants! Yes, WHY are they white??? Grass and dirt stains all over…and that red dirt doesn’t come out! I’ll be trying this. :)

    Comment by alison on March 23, 2010
  25. the grass stains and berry stains from picking/eating raspberries and wiping said hands on clothes. gotta love small children! keeping my fingers crossed to win!!

    Comment by janelle Dorr on March 23, 2010
  26. When I play soccer I get stains like you wouldn’t believe. My daughter runs around on the side lines and gets grass stains. I can’t get them out and would love to try that stuff.
    .-= Danielle´s last blog ..The Happiness Project Week 4 =-.

    Comment by Danielle on March 23, 2010
  27. White carpet. Red lipstick. Four children. No, I DIDN’T fit the carpet, it was here when we moved in!

    Sadly (sobbing gently), I can’t use Arm&Hammer Laundry detergent – something in it sets off eczema in three of the six delicate little flowers in this house.

    Soaking in Amaze (or Napisan if in the UK) works on pretty much everything. Though not carpet.

    Comment by Mrs F with 4 on March 23, 2010
  28. Hands down one of the hardest for me to get out it chocolate ice cream. Even despite treating the stain immediately it never seems to come out. Many a shirt has been ruined by my chocolate ice cream loving girls.

    Comment by Amy on March 23, 2010
  29. Uhm, yeah…I work for Clinique, so I have quite a few make-up stains to conquer, on my WHITE labcoat. Ugh. Forget the 3 children I have!

    Comment by JuJuBee on March 23, 2010
  30. Cloth diapers! Actually, in reality those don’t stain as badly as his clothes from baby food. Especially orange baby foods, e.g. sweet potatoes.

    Comment by Zoe on March 23, 2010
  31. Once when I was little, I spilled grape juice all over the front of my favorite ruffly polka-dotted shirt. I mourned that shirt for a long time.

    Comment by Anna on March 23, 2010
  32. I live with my BFF and her two young sons. Sunday night, the youngest got the stomache flu. What had we snacked on that evening? Flamin’ Hot Cheetos and Red Koolaide.

    Everywhere. Its the worst. ever. Like the exorcist, but RED.

    Comment by Steph on March 23, 2010
  33. Worst stains come from my children eating. Seriously, I can get out the outside stuff most of the time but these girls are the messiest eaters!

    Comment by vegas710 on March 23, 2010
  34. The worst food stains for me are banana stains. I had no idea what was leaving the brown spots all over my daughters clothes. Unfortunately, many shirts were ruined before I figured out the culprit. No amount of pretreating or different laundry soaps took the stains out.

    Comment by Laura Williams on March 24, 2010
  35. I don’t even know what the stain is but I have a washed-in, set stain in a favorite cream colored sweater that was my mothers. I want that stain gone! Hopefully this will work!

    Comment by karen on March 24, 2010
  36. Grass stains are by far the worst stain ever, and a family of three boys = a lot of grass stained everything.

    Comment by Laura on March 24, 2010
  37. The worst stain ever was when my son had a stomach bug= puke and diarrhea all over his pajamas and bedding. I’ll never get over that trauma.

    Comment by Mami2jcn on March 24, 2010
  38. My husband spills down the front of his shirt almost every time he eats. I just automatically run a stain stick down the front of his shirts before I wash them. It would be nice to just throw them in the wash.

    Comment by Mom in MN on March 24, 2010
  39. My daughter and markers… she manages to get them everywhere!!!! And my husband comes home from work covered in blood!

    Comment by chana on March 24, 2010
  40. My daughter and markers… she manages to get them everywhere!!!! And my husband comes home from work covered in blood

    Comment by chana on March 24, 2010
  41. not only is my hubby the baby maker he’s the stain maker. i don’t know why he can’t seem to keep a shirt “drip free” while he’s eating. best one was when he was eating from a chocolate fountain and dropped a big glob of dark on his new white sweater!

    Comment by julie on March 24, 2010
  42. My worst stain ever: Not being the most coordinated person in the world I will never know why I went hiking, but I fell down a hill. When I say hill I mean 20-25 feet of me rolling down and embankment. I had grass stains, flower pollen, mud, and pine sap in my clothes. It took a few washes but most of it came out. I have not been hiking since.

    Comment by Kate on March 24, 2010
  43. Blood is always a pain. And chocolate – I know because I eat a lot of it. No, seriously. A lot.

    Comment by Karen on March 24, 2010
  44. The worst for me is always tomato sauce. No matter how I pretreat, it is always there when it comes out of the wash.

    Comment by Sharon on March 24, 2010
  45. The activity that causes the most stains? Being 8 months pregnant. Between spilling on my HUGE stomach, or my newfound clumsiness in the kitchen, my clothes are now the most stain-treated in the house!

    Comment by Dawn K. on March 24, 2010
  46. I don’t mean to sound dramatic but ours was when Eva bled out all over her crib, blanket, sleeper, me and Sean (the time she ended up at Sick Kids for a week). She lost 1/3 of her blood supply – so there was blood everywhere…

    What does the A&H smell like???

    Comment by Christine on March 24, 2010
  47. My worst stain (and most embarrassing) was on my favorite pair of khaki cropped pants. During my lunch hour I decided I needed to run to Old Navy, even though it was a monsoon outside that day. When I got to the store I thought I was lucky and pulled into a front row parking space. When stepping out of my car and landing my flip flopped foot into a huge puddle of water, I realized how unlucky I was. After getting what I needed in Old Navy I returned to my car and thought I would outsmart that puddle and crawl through the passenger side of my car. Unfortunately, I forgot about the picture my daughter had colored for me the day before (by picture I mean she covered an entire 8 1/2 x 11 paper in green marker). I plopped down on the picture and being semi-wet the green marker bled from the paper onto my khaki pants. I didn’t realize what happened and returned to work, only to have my co-worker laugh hysterically at me when she saw my green back side. I stayed in my chair the rest of the day!

    Comment by Ashley C. on March 24, 2010
  48. A large fast food cup of ice tea…by far. I still morn the loss of that shirt…and pants…and even the socks, (oh, yes that is true, you can still see some of the ‘accident’ on the seat of my car. I did good.).

    Comment by Jess on March 24, 2010
  49. Alright. This is unpleasant, but true. My son’s skid marks. That’s right. I said it out loud. But he’s little and I forgive him.

    Comment by Laura on March 24, 2010
  50. My husband washed a dark blue bathrobe with the white linens. Now we have light blue linens. No amount of Oxy power will make them white again.

    Comment by jackie on March 24, 2010
  51. Wow! That detergent looks like it did awesome. I’ve done quite the number on several items of mine from painting!

    Comment by Heather on March 24, 2010
  52. I can never get the blood from the dead hookers out of my tarps.

    Comment by Avitable on March 24, 2010
  53. What outdoor (or indoor) activity generates the most amount of stains?

    Easy peasy. FOOTBALL. Outdoors. In the mud. The sliding! The rolling! The tackling! The subsequent ripped knees and grass stains!

    .-= Sarahviz´s last blog ..The Pictures In This Post Say It All =-.

    Comment by Sarahviz on March 24, 2010
  54. BlOOD, somehow my husband gets it all over EVERYTHING, and it NEVER comes out EVER. UGHH.

    Comment by Natalie R. on March 24, 2010
  55. Grass stains are the worst to get out. I work in the garden and always end up getting huge grass stains. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

    Comment by Shawna on March 24, 2010
  56. Baseball season brings the worst stains to my house. Especially love when the kids play on fields with red clay dirt – lovely. Bonus is that I have an outfielder, so I get the dirt from sliding, and the grass stains from the diving catches. Yay spring!

    Comment by Sandy C. on March 25, 2010
  57. baby carrots are the worst!

    Comment by sandra on March 25, 2010
  58. My kid ROLLS in chalk dust when we play in the driveway. It comes out fairly easily, but it makes SUCH a mess. And the black from the driveway DOESN’T come out. She has constant dirty knees and shins on all her pants.

    Comment by Jen on March 25, 2010
  59. Black PERMANENT magic marker – oh yes – and a 2-1/2 year old little boy…all over himself, my leather couch, and our walls. I usually end up throwing a lot of shirts away because of non-removable stains.

    Comment by Maria on March 25, 2010
  60. My Husband works with heavy equipment earth movers and it’s a dirty job and sometimes it can be very greasy.These are very hard to get out.

    Comment by Wendy Swartz on March 25, 2010
  61. My very worst stain was when I had my boys dressed up and ready for church and they decided to go pick Blackberries while I got ready. I had suits covered with blackberry stains and the white shirts I ended up tossing in the trash.

    Comment by Wendy Swartz on March 25, 2010
  62. I discovered this product a few months back and lemme just tell you IT CHANGED MY LIFE!

    I live with 2 boys, my husband and my son…both equally messy!

    If it stains, they find it and I don’t find it until I’m putting away clean laundry…ARM & HAMMER® plus OxiClean® Power Gel Laundry Detergent= LIFE SAVOR!

    Comment by JodiS on March 25, 2010
  63. I’ve given up on wearing nice clothes except for a few shirts and a handful of jeans (one is actually maternity jeans). I stain nice that I put on my body. It’s a curse. Anywhoo, I’m just glad I don’t do the laundry in my house. My bf does. Hehehehe.

    Comment by Katie on March 25, 2010
  64. My worst stains are ink stains from pens that made it into the washing machine and food stains that I forgot to pretreat before washing.

    Comment by Nita on March 25, 2010
  65. Worst stain? Magic marker on kitchen counters. Worst stain on clothes? I don’t know what it was because my daughter is a hider too. Never came out. Visa gift card = new clothes and a trial of the Arm & Hammer detergent!

    Comment by Kristina on March 25, 2010
  66. Wow! Some people have a lot harder stains than me!!! I love these stories, though! My biggest laundry challenge is actually from my husband’s outdoor bootcamp workouts! Grass, mud, dirt, sweat…yuck!!!

    Thanks for the great review and awesome giveaway!!! :)

    Comment by Katy M on March 25, 2010
  67. I think the worst laundry disaster and stain situation I ever had was when I decided to wash the blankets on our couch and accidentally washed my husbands expensive 30-in-1 remote in all of the blankets (from scooping them up off the couch). I had a pissed husband, stained blankets from some type of electronical-yes that’s a word ;) mess, and a no- longer-usable expensive remote. We still laugh about it to this day and it was 3 years ago!

    Comment by Lesley on March 25, 2010
  68. the worst is white socks after walking on the driveway.

    Comment by nancy on March 25, 2010
  69. Eating definitely causes the most stains in my house. I don’t know what it is about the combination of toddlers and food that creates such a mess, but my daily routine consists of scrubbing food stains off clothes, the kitchen table, chairs and floor.

    Comment by Patricia Godfrey on March 26, 2010
  70. good stuff!

    Comment by bob parker on March 26, 2010
  71. Makeup, specifically the best eyeliner I ever bought. Stila smudge pot. I love it so much but somehow I manage wave the brush around and get it on stuff.

    Comment by diane on March 26, 2010
  72. Drinking coffee is the most stain-causing activity in my house. Those starbucks mochas just LOVE to stain whatever I am wearing!
    .-= melissa´s last blog ..Their Tour Of LA- Part One =-.

    Comment by melissa on March 26, 2010
  73. Anytime I use cooking oil I get a stain.

    Comment by Holla on March 26, 2010
  74. my family is very active, we love playing volleyball outside in the backyard! this causes a lot of grass stains

    Comment by Jennifer Reda on March 27, 2010
  75. I love going barefoot in summer, but when it’s not summer I still go around in sock feet. And I don’t hesitate to go outside in my socks. Getting them clean isn’t easy!

    Comment by Deb Anderson on March 27, 2010
  76. KOOLAID! Man, I was like Isabella growing up (still kind of am) and I always spill it when I’m drinking the BRIGHT RED STUFF!

    Comment by Kristabella on March 27, 2010
  77. Well seeing that I have 2.5 yr old quadruplets…..we have LOTS and LOTS of stains! Tons of laundry and stains make for a tired mommy:)

    Jenny B

    Comment by Jenny B on March 27, 2010
  78. CHALK!

    We have an asphalt driveway, and my kids come in with the knees of their pants stained black from the driveway with a rainbow of chalk on each leg.

    Comment by Brittany on March 28, 2010
  79. My laundry stain nightmare is greasy, oily food stains that inevitability ends up on my shirts every time. I haven’t found anything that will remove them.

    Comment by Cheryl W on March 28, 2010
  80. My worst consistent stain is tshirt armpit stains … think teen boys

    Comment by Betty on March 28, 2010
  81. My worst stains ever are grease stains from food…especially on black shirts. I’ve ruined many a black shirt where the stain comes out, but leaves behind a shiney spot on the shirt.
    .-= Mommy Cracked´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

    Comment by Mommy Cracked on March 28, 2010
  82. My 2 yr old and 4 yr old Eating spaghetti!! They get it every where

    Comment by Night Owl Mama on March 28, 2010
  83. The outdoor activity that generates the most amount of stains is when camping getting lamp oil and campfire ash stains in my camp clothes.

    Comment by McDuffy on March 28, 2010
  84. Dry erase markers are the most frustrating, because the more you scrub the ink, the more it seems to spread and set in. Popsicles– I might as well just burn the shirt, seriously. Heh.

    Comment by dasbecca on March 29, 2010
  85. Having 3 girls, who love to play in mud and 2/3 of them play soccer has created laundry HAVOC in my house. But the biggest culprit for stains, is MY HUSBAND. He works 2 demanding jobs, he comes home filthy from both. He needs a fresh, crisp uniform each and every day SO my piles of laundry are terrifying! I am still looking for that ONE great product that make my life easier, so I may have to try this soon!

    Comment by Tara on March 29, 2010
  86. OK This is going to sound rather gross but I’ve NEVER found anything to get this out….MY husband’s drool when he’s sleeping! So I will absolutely try this out on it and it if works it is a MIRACLE detergent!

    Comment by sandy on March 29, 2010
  87. My daughter’s sport socks (after Colorguard workouts) on the school gym floors are a challenge to get clean!

    Comment by V.Mayer on March 29, 2010
  88. My worst stains are from my 3 year old daughter. Its mostly impossible for her to wear white.

    Comment by Amber on March 30, 2010
  89. Our messiest outdoor activity is playing in the sprinklers = major grass stains. kiki(at)hantla(dot)come

    Comment by Kiki Hantla on March 30, 2010
  90. We have a huge walnut tree in the back yard. Of course walnut is used to stain furniture so you can image what it does to your clothes

    Comment by CathyH on March 31, 2010
  91. i need to get the grime out of my child’s knees…it worked for you, so…

    Comment by magpie on March 31, 2010
  92. I have three kids and including my husband all love to help on the in-law’s farm. The dirt and grease they pick up from the tractors and equipment is horrifing when I think about washing it. I use stain removers, sprays, gels, etc. and nothing seems to work COMPLETELY. I am going to give this a try and by the sounds of it, this could be the solution to my family’s messy farm stains.

    Comment by Jessie on March 31, 2010
  93. Worst Stain ever – it was during a mud vollyball game in college. Need I say more?

    Comment by Condo Blues on March 31, 2010
  94. I have three boys. Why do they spill food all down their clothes and then hide them under their bed. Why?!

    I have hope that this detergent can actually get out 3-week old mustard stains.

    Comment by KristyC on April 1, 2010
  95. Does eating count as an indoor activity? Because I can’t seem to eat a meal without spilling something on my clothes!

    Comment by Susan on April 1, 2010
  96. I’m a runner so I always have pit-stain issues to deal with! Gross!

    Comment by Ris on April 1, 2010
  97. My worst laundry challenges are my son’s clothes period- football, grass stains, food stains, marker, grease, paint, etc…. My husband’s work clothes, and on days when my second grader’s create art projects are a close second! – Lisa
    bsadler (AT) wideopenwest (DOT) com

    Comment by Lisa on April 2, 2010
  98. The worst laundry challenge I usually face is spilled and dripped food…or ketchup that was just wiped off on the shirt…that too… :-)

    Comment by Megan on April 2, 2010
  99. Chalk outside, eating in side. Stains, oh my!
    .-= In Due Time´s last blog ..Show & Tell: Smiley Face =-.

    Comment by In Due Time on April 2, 2010
  100. worst stain – orange paint of unknown type, on a brand-spanking new white shirt…

    Comment by coco on April 4, 2010
  101. the worse stain ever? Red Georgia Clay. Of course the boys grind that into their clothes when they go out and play
    .-= catherine copeland´s last blog ..Happy Easter =-.

    Comment by catherine copeland on April 4, 2010
  102. we live near the beach and my boys are very fair skinned…the sunscreen stains our clothes so bad…!!

    Comment by Mikki M. on April 5, 2010
  103. I hate dirty stains too, especially grease stains from cooking, I need to wear my apron more!

    Comment by Angie on April 7, 2010
  104. With 2 yr old quadruplets, i am drowning in mud!!!

    charityd AT centurytel DOT net

    Comment by Charity on April 9, 2010
  105. I live in NYC so I walk a lot to get to and from places. When it’s rainy, the bottom of my pants or jeans get soaked and sometimes very dirty!

    Comment by Susan on April 9, 2010
  106. The kids socks-they like white socks, but they don’t stay white.

    Comment by Linda V on April 9, 2010
  107. Recently my husband cameand wanted me to try and get out an oil stain from a favorite vest of his!I tried every thing I could but,couldn’t get it all out!

    Comment by Tami Vollenweider on April 9, 2010
  108. my worst stain has been our family’s soccer socks and tshirts. crazy muddy and grass stainy!

    Comment by Dee on April 10, 2010
  109. my 2 year old is an artistic eater. I bought her the cutest dress 1 time and she managed to get this aweful grass stain. Sadely I never got it out and I was heartbroken over the dress.

    Comment by Jeanette Huston on April 10, 2010
  110. Gardening and yardwork generates the most stains at our house.

    Comment by Jill Hayes on April 10, 2010
  111. lately easter egg dying was my biggest laundry problem

    Comment by sara on April 11, 2010
  112. The worst is when we go camping….all the dirt, grass, and campfire smells are so hard to clean out.

    Comment by Nicole Greene on April 11, 2010
  113. wine is the worst grown up stain but grass is the worst kids stain

    Comment by Tiffany Pettey on April 11, 2010
  114. Worst stain I ever had was the time my daughter left a gel pen in the pocket of her coat and I washed it with my light blue polyester uniform shirts. Those shirts cost almost $60 each and every one of them had pen stains on them. I actually cried when I saw the damage.

    Comment by shel on April 11, 2010
  115. My husband & son both love working on anything with an engine. Automotive stains are almost impossible to get out.

    Comment by pixie13 on April 11, 2010
  116. Mine is grass stains from playing with my dog!!

    Comment by Steph on April 11, 2010
  117. Football uniforms are my biggest laundry challenge.

    Comment by Rebecca Graham on April 11, 2010
  118. The worst stain I had was fingernail polish on one of my daughter’s new shirts. Red polish, light green shirt. Still has not come out all the way. UGH!! Other then that GREASE stains.

    Comment by The Gosfam on April 11, 2010
  119. My biggest laundry woe is during the summertime baseball season! My kids bring home much of the infield dirt (ground-in) and grass stains … UGH! By the way … I love the name of your blog! LOL

    Comment by Kim on April 11, 2010
  120. My worst stain ever was a one piece top with a white button down bit and a dark purple sweater bit. Cut to a light purple, streaky button down bit. Had to cut the shirt part off and pitch it, alas!

    Comment by lizriz on April 12, 2010
  121. worst outdoor stains are from yard and garden work, grass and dirt

    Comment by Vickie Bartlett on April 12, 2010
  122. My number one outdoor related laundry issue is the clothes that came home from backpacking trips. Definitely have stains and stench after having been worn for a week.

    Comment by Nancy on April 12, 2010
  123. What doesn’t create a stain when you have a 2 year old? Playing outside, coloring, eating. . .you name it she can make a mess out of it!

    Comment by Laura L on April 12, 2010
  124. That’s a pretty tough detergent…I just might have to try this one out.

    Comment by Lottifish on April 12, 2010
  125. I’d say cook out and camping generates the most amount of stains. Kids helped with everything, cook and eat, food stains are everywhere.

    Comment by Jessie C. on April 12, 2010
  126. I totally bought this because you said it is good-and it is! My daughter bought brand new polos from Old Navy and they had store schmutz all over them and it came right out! Thanks!

    Comment by LibraryGirl62 on April 12, 2010
  127. cooking and eating seems to generate the most stains at my house, especially when I don’t catch them right away so I can pretreat them

    Comment by Betty Nations on April 12, 2010
  128. a crayons in the dryer nightmare. ACK!

    Comment by Jamie on April 12, 2010
  129. The worse stain is grass. My husband’s knees and the boys football pants and shirts.

    Comment by Garnet Jayne on April 13, 2010
  130. My worst stain was when I put a t-shirt (A FAVORITE) in the hamper, and also a towel that had some vinegar on it because I had just cleaned up some spilled vinegar. Well THAT was dumb. I now have a rust-like stain on my FAVORITE t-shirt. And I still. can’t. get. it. out.

    Comment by Caroline on April 13, 2010
  131. We’ve had many, many worst stains. There was the incident with the paint, the bassinet, the baby, and everyone’s clothes. We also suffer through baseball and soccer stains.

    Comment by Chris on April 14, 2010
  132. We’re surrounded by farmland and pretty much any outdoor activity includes dirt, dirt, and more dirt… the bain of my existence… I rarely buy white!
    .-= ali´s last blog ..Multitude Monday 331-350 =-.

    Comment by ali on April 14, 2010
  133. My almost 2 year old daughter was constipated (I’m a first time mom) and I heard giving her prune juice would help. My friend gave me the idea to cut it with apple juice ti make it taste good. Prune juice, check. Apple juice, check. 2 sippy cups (omg, cant believe i gave her that much) check. Well, I gave her a bath and after I couldn’t find her lotion. I went to find it and realized too late that I had left her without a diaper. :/ Yep. Spray poop on the floor and the couch. Oh, it gets better. We found more on the floor and the fireplace…the next day. If anyone asks, it’s chocolate. Lesson learned.

    Comment by Tricia on April 14, 2010
  134. Worst stain: paint!

    Comment by Mindy Merenghi on April 15, 2010
  135. I have two teenage sons who like to work on cars and motorcycles, so we have lots of oil and grease stains.

    Comment by Annette D on April 15, 2010
  136. Wel…apparently just alking out the door causes GIANT GRASS STAINS to leap up onto my sons knees. sigh.

    Comment by Angelica Bays on April 16, 2010
  137. We like to rough-house with our dog outside. ‘Nuf said?

    Comment by Wehaf on April 16, 2010
  138. My husband’s job requires him to wade through muddy marshes several days a week! Dirt, dirt, dirt! Oh yeah, and red wine..

    Comment by Laurie on April 16, 2010
  139. Lets see, teenagers, husband, five dogs (four are housetraining puppies) snow thawing, mud everywhere – yeah – I’ve got lots of laundry! Always LOVED Army & Hammer Laundry Soap – great product – great value! ?

    Comment by 2RavenChicks on April 16, 2010
  140. Lets see, teenagers, husband, five dogs (four are housetraining puppies) snow thawing, mud everywhere – yeah – I’ve got lots of laundry! Always LOVED Army & Hammer Laundry Soap – great product – great value! ?

    Comment by 2RavenChicks on April 16, 2010
  141. art supplies from my 8 year old. They’re everywhere on his clothes!

    Comment by amie on April 16, 2010
  142. I love to free hand paint onto any surface and I paint and sell items to so even though I try the wear just certain clothes for painting I seem to get the paint on everything so I’m always having to pre treat to soak to get it out and arm & hammer power jel always does the job for me, thanks
    sewitupjulie at gmail dot com

    Comment by Julie Cutshaw on April 17, 2010
  143. Both of my kids have this thing with writing on their clothes (and their friend’s clothes), so I can relate to the marker story. But my biggest challenge is mud and grass. There’s a very shallow creek that runs through our neighborhood (when we aren’t experience a drought, which is often) and the neighborhood kids, including mind, love to try to jump over it, often falling in the mud and grass along the way.

    Comment by livingbytheloa on April 18, 2010
  144. My worst stain was my beautiful daughters brand new easter dress. And yes it was the first time she had worn it. Her sunday school teacher decided to let the children paint Easter eggs and my little darlin’ said no to wearing a smock. Needless to say my daughter wore more paint than the Easter eggs did.Her beautiful new dress was ruined!

    Comment by Pam on April 18, 2010
  145. The worst stains are always from dinner. I have a very independent daughter who still needs some help eating, but refuses it. So, we end up will a variety of colors and stains on our shirts and pants. And the towel I put down to cover the chair cushion.

    Comment by Michelle on April 18, 2010
  146. My biggest laundry challenge? Hubby’s gym clothes!

    Comment by Catharine R on April 19, 2010
  147. My toughest stain – rust. That is the toughest to get out. Next to that would probably be ink or blood . . .

    Comment by Lisa on April 20, 2010
  148. Oh boy, the worst stain was my husband’s shirt when he was carrying a beef roast to the dining room table. The juices got onto his shirt in a big way, and the stain was a nightmare. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Comment by Carol on April 20, 2010
  149. I have 3 boys and a husband…they get into everything! Our favorite outside activity is soccer.

    Comment by Jill on April 20, 2010
  150. Deodorant stains are my laundry bane. Pretreating helps but…

    Comment by Tomi on April 22, 2010
  151. The one and only color red
    that somehow sneaks into
    an entire load of white
    clothing. Husband drew
    lots of laughs at the
    gym when sporting pink
    briefs in a group of
    generals and colonels.

    Comment by dianne on April 22, 2010
  152. We all get so dirty working in the garden!

    Comment by Jen on April 24, 2010
  153. My kid’s karate gi looks gray instead of white!

    Comment by melody on April 25, 2010
  154. The garden is the worst thing for our laundry. Between grass and dirt stains, it;s enought to drive me nuts.
    .-= Carolyn G´s last blog ..Blogher Contests =-.

    Comment by Carolyn G on April 26, 2010
  155. I’m around horses all the time and need all the help I can get.

    Comment by injaynesworld on April 26, 2010
  156. My worst laundry stain ever was the morning when my oldest son was a baby and he used the contents of his diaper to finger paint the crib sheets and his clothing. I almost threw it all away instead of washing it all.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

    Comment by Lisa G. on April 27, 2010
  157. Worst stains ever…

    Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, something something something something
    pants on the ground.
    .-= Backpacking Dad´s last blog ..Little Boys and Girls, Part One =-.

    Comment by Backpacking Dad on April 27, 2010
  158. I HATE it when I’m cooking and oil spatters. I have several shirts with oil stains and it seems like nothing gets them out.

    Comment by Melissa on April 27, 2010
  159. My worst stain? Motor oil. My old car was notorious for leaking oil, so I had to keep a spare quart in my car at all times and fill ‘er up regularly.
    I went to grab the dip stick from the reservoir to check it, pulled to hard, and the entire cap came with it… splatting the contents of dirty motor oil all over my hair, my face, my arms… and my suede leather skirt.

    Massive fail.

    Kristin replied on

    DAWN!! Dawn takes grease out of your way! I’ve used it in the garage, on ethe car, on laundry…on the stove. Love it.

    Comment by Darcey on April 27, 2010
  160. Our worst stains definitely come from eating, now that my dearly beloved spawn insists on doing it all by himself and his new favorite food is strawberries, lord help us!

    Comment by agirlandaboy on April 27, 2010
  161. For me? WINE DRINKING.

    Comment by Rhi on April 27, 2010
  162. Worst stain ever for us was beet juice. I fed my kids beets and in a fit of insanity left them in their normal clothes. Totally ruined two shirts.

    Comment by Maria on April 27, 2010
  163. Well my mother in law has a 106 acre farm.Well my husband,son and daughter love to take their red Honda three-wheeler and dirt bikes thru the mud and swamps. Of course, to them-the muddier it is-the more “fun” ;) which makes for horrendously muddy clothes :

    Comment by Julie L on April 27, 2010
  164. Our stains don’t come from us or kids, but from our 100+ pound dog beast. Food bits, slobber, outside dirt, and who knows what can be found on all my pants and skirts from the thigh down. Right now, the boyfriend is out of town for work and the other side of the bed is covered in smears of I don’t want to know what, but it looks gross and will need to be washed before anyone thinks about sleeping there. (This is part of the reason the dog beast sleeps on the floor usually and evidence that I am a sucker for the sad face when I am the only one sleeping in the bed.)

    Comment by Bri on April 27, 2010
  165. My kids get the worst stains eating at grandma & grandpa’s house, because they get ANYTHING they want to eat and g&g don’t really worry too much about whether it gets on their clothes or not. Out of those stains, spaghetti sauce has to be one of the worst.

    Comment by mommabird2345 on April 27, 2010
  166. My worst stains come from me. I blame pregnancy for all the spilling that I do!

    Comment by Kristen on April 27, 2010
  167. I think the worst thing I’ve dealt with so far is the mud from the nearby lake. Ah, Georgia clay at it’s finest! The hubby had taken the kids to the lake, and let them sit in the mud in their clothes. Their light colored clothes. It never did come out.

    Comment by midget invasion on April 27, 2010
  168. BANANAS! Instead of going into their mouths, it’s squished into their shirts and like a bad house guest, never leaves.

    Comment by Rebecca on April 27, 2010
  169. I’ve recently started a garden and digging in the dirt can make some serious stains. Add to that that the dog likes to “help” by digging in the dirt, getting nice and muddy, then jumping on me!

    Comment by Krys on April 28, 2010
  170. I have a way of forgetting to put on an apron when I’m cooking, which means I’m always splattered with some form of sauce, oil, or whatever. I’m constantly washing things two or three times to get out food stains.
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..If You Can’t Beat ‘em, Join ‘em =-.

    Comment by Anne on April 29, 2010
  171. I have 2 teenage boys, need I say more? Just in case I do – the older one plays basketball at the local church with his buddies. EVERY single day he comes home with his clothes all black from the asphalt court. Oh and if that wasn’t bad husband is a roofer.

    Comment by jodi on April 29, 2010
  172. For me it would be gardening hands down. I always come in with a grass green bum! LOL

    Comment by angie on April 29, 2010
  173. There are so many stains! haha But one of my biggest is just plain dirt! I am always working in my gardens, both flower and veggie/fruit, and our earth here is like clay orange and just stains everything!

    Comment by scott on April 29, 2010
  174. It’s always the baby eating. She makes crazy messes and one of my ‘things’ is stains. I can’t stand’em! I’m always treating her clothes because though she may be 20 months old, I loathe the stains!

    Comment by Amanda on April 29, 2010
  175. Spaghetti sauce eaten by my almost 4 yr old. Without a doubt she love pasta with sauce, and gets it everywhere. So I make it, and get a change of clothes ready.
    I’ve even been known to slap a bib on her when we eat it.
    Thanks for a chance to win!

    Comment by monstergirlee on April 29, 2010
  176. Grass stains suck! My 5 year old son loves to play soccer and slides all over the grass. Can’t wait to try this new detergent.

    Comment by Dina on April 29, 2010
  177. worst stains ever- spilling barbecue sauce that had curry powder in it on white pants

    Comment by gala2 on April 29, 2010
  178. It never fails, if there’s chocolate syrup involved it gets all over my kid and her clothes. And? 98% of the time, it happens when she’s wearing white. Which I try not to do. White is just asking for trouble.
    .-= La Primera´s last blog ..He’s my friend =-.

    Comment by La Primera on April 29, 2010
  179. Worst stains – when my husband worked on a fishing boat & came home w/days old stained jeans & shirts – covered in fish much & smelling to high heaven. I don’t think I ever got it completely out of things.

    Comment by becky on April 29, 2010
  180. The absolute worst stain ever was an ink explosion in my pocket, but I don’t think that any detergent can really deal with that. :)

    Comment by Erin Walsh on April 29, 2010
  181. My son has special needs and has limited feeling in his mouth. This leads to incredibly messy eating and even more incredible messes on his clothing, and tableclothes, and napkins, and anything in the near vicinity! These stains are the worst!

    Comment by Valeen N on April 29, 2010
  182. The worst one is mud from when it rains. It is so hard to wash from pants

    shopgurl101 AT gmail DOT com

    Comment by Eve on April 30, 2010
  183. I’m not sure which activity causes the most amount of stains… would it be frisbee-tossing, sledding, jumping rope, climbing trees, picnicking,…
    roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

    Comment by Anita on April 30, 2010
  184. Washing my make-up off! Every wash cloth I own has mascara stains!
    .-= melissa´s last blog ..Hunt For An American Diner =-.

    Comment by melissa on April 30, 2010
  185. Mine is grass stains on the knees from weeding. Thanks for the contest.

    Comment by Sarah L on April 30, 2010
  186. The worst stain ever involved red sauce and a white dress…

    Comment by kristi on April 30, 2010
  187. Mine is grass stains on the knees from weeding. Thanks for the contest. (wasn’t logged in to blogher when I clicked the link before and want to make sure it counts) please delete previous comment, thanks

    Comment by Sarah L on April 30, 2010
  188. My biggest problem right now is my son’s baseball practices. He loves to slide into base, and his uniform gets filthy.

    Comment by Anne on April 30, 2010
  189. My biggest woe happens in the aftermath of enjoying a spaghetti dinner. Marinara sauce is stubborn and takes an effort to clean.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

    Comment by Mari on April 30, 2010
  190. Feeding my infant creates the biggest laundry woes in my home. It’s usually all over him AND all over me by the time he’s done!

    Comment by Sarah B on April 30, 2010

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