Beating the back-to-school uniform cleaning blues

With a new school year already well under way, parents of school-going children have their hands full packing lunches, ensuring homework is done and making sure school uniforms and sports kits are clean and ready for every weekday morning.

There are many ways to preserve and prolong the life of your children’s uniforms, especially as your child is likely to frequently come home from school covered in all manner of stains: grass, dirt, food, sticky juice, or ink, to name a few.

Home cleaning service SweepSouth has compiled a handy guide for stubborn stains that will not only save you time and make your life easier, but will certainly help you beat the back-to-school blues.

Start by always reading and following the care instructions, wash with colder water when possible (when clothes aren’t too grubby), don’t hang items in direct sunlight for too long, and get your kids to change into play clothes as soon as they get home.

Clean the green

One of the most common marks found on school and sports clothes is grass stains. A simple wash won’t always lift them, but fortunately a mix of vinegar
and baking soda will. Just mix a little of each to form a paste
and rub onto the stain or use an old toothbrush to scrub the spot pre washing.

Fight the food

Many food stains will come out easily, but greasy marks can be tricky. If it’s been set a while though, a little known trick is to dab the stain with dish soap (the ultimate grease remover). Then wash with your regular detergent.

Punish the plastics

It’s not just uniforms that can get stained. Plastic lunch boxes are not immune to grease and can become yellow over time. Be sure to always wipe tupperware clean before washing with soap and warm water. For stains and stubborn grease, first clean with vinegar diluted with warm water or rub over with a lemon wedge.

De-stink the socks

Socks get smelly after a long
day of classes, after school activities and sports. But you can banish the odour, which can often linger even after washing with
the toughest detergents, by soaking socks in warm water and vinegar. Then wash and dry in the sun.

Strike out the ink

A broken pen can result in stains on clothes, in backpacks, or even all over your furniture at home. Be warned, chucking the item in the wash can set this stain for good. Try to lift stains that are still wet with salt or cornstarch. For dried stains, try a little nail polish remover.