That means grass stains, muddy hands, and dirty clothes. Every day. What’s a mom to do?
I’ve tried Oxiclean, Tide pens, vinegar, baking soda, and even bleach — sometimes, I prefer white clothes, since I can just bleach out the stains. In the end, our solution came from my own mom.
The play clothes drawer.
This is where ruined kids’ clothes go to die. Old t-shirts, ripped shorts, grass-stained jeans — I
grudgingly lovingly wash, fold, and put them away. Stains and all. They become the go-to clothing for parks, gardening, crafts, and messy outdoor play.
When the girls get home from school, I send them straight upstairs to change into “play clothes” before they are unleashed on the backyard. It keeps the rest of their clothes in good shape for school, while providing a second life for the ones otherwise considered ruined.
That’s a win-win in my book!