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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Out Damn Spot

On last Thursday's episode of Bethenny Getting Married? I watched a woman stumble out of bed in the middle of the night to feed her infant. Even though I did not have the baby nurse to come and get me out of bed and change my baby, I could totally relate to Bethenny in this moment. I remember the first few days after getting home from the hospital and how utterly exhausted and shell shocked I was to have to get up ever 2 to 3 hours. For the first week or two of my son's life I was like Bethenny -- bleary eyed, stumbling towards the baby with breast milk leaking through my nursing tank top.

Speaking of breast milk on clothing...it is the one stain that I am having trouble erasing from our laundry! Thank God for breast pads. Any suggestions for getting breast milk out of dark fabrics? Just another thing missing from the What to Expect series. Perhaps I should ask Michelle Duggar, after all she and her family do about a thousand loads of laundry each week.

This weekend I have done about 5 loads of laundry -- mostly baby related! I always thought it was so ridiculous when the Kate Gosselin or Michelle Duggar would talk about how much laundry their families created, but I have to admit, one little baby creates much more laundry than I thought possible so I can't imagine what kind of damage sextuplets could do. I'm actually kind of envious of their multiple washer and dryer set-ups. If you haven't caught on by now, I'm kind of a laundry freak. I relish the memory of moving from an apartment (shared laundry machines) to a house and purchasing my own front loading washer and dryer. Ahhh...

Besides allowing me time to absorb every ounce of trashy television that I can, my maternity leave also opened new horizons in stain removal tactics. Now, everyone knows what a blow-out is -- and not the type that you would get at your local salon. My son creates quite a few of these on a weekly basis and I have become quite skilled at erasing the evidence. My technique is very complex and passed down through generations -- really it's a family secret, but I'll share. First rinse the offending stain with cold water, then soak the clothes in an Oxy Clean solution with luke warm water for an hour or two, remove from solution, ring out and then spray with Spray and Wash and toss in the next load of laundry (wash on cold). Voila -- 99.9% effective!

It's not really a family secret, just a tip that my mom showed me when I was having a laundry fit during my first few weeks of motherhood. Now, poop stain removal from a Restoration Hardware couch is another story...


  1. kristen horan davisAugust 1, 2010 at 10:41 PM

    I always found that the dreft stain spray alone removed any baby related stain, including breast milk ;-) Kristen

  2. Thanks!!! I will try the dreft spray -- didn't even know that there was such a thing. Awesome.