Laundry is my thing. I actually really LOVE doing laundry. Thus, I am responsible for laundry in our house.
It is a good thing that I enjoy laundry because since Maggie's arrival, the amount of laundry we have has tripled.
Yes there are the diapers, but that doesn't really account for most of it. Most of it is her food-laden or spit-up trodden clothes. And OUR food-laden, spit-up trodden clothes. I commented to Nate the other day that I used to be able to wear pants and shirts more than one time. Now I am lucky if they make it a day without getting covered in spit-up. Pre-Maggie, we generally didn't have a lot of stain fighting to do.
With the introduction of food, our laundry has taken on a new level of stain removal. The biggest culprit is sweet potatoes, which of course are one of her favorites. The bib does offer some protection while eating, however as they say, "spit happens". Mags is proficient in the ways of spitting up...AFTER the bib comes off. I know many people just have their kids wear bibs all day. I am hoping to avoid this as I'm not the biggest fan of the look and then I would still have to deal with removing stains from the bibs and have yet MORE laundry.
My current stain fighting method is filling a basin with some oxyclean and cold water and letting the clothes soak in there until I do laundry and put them in the washer on a cold wash. I generally try to soak the clothes as soon as possible to avoid stain setting. However, about half the clothes still have stains on them when I inspect them after the wash cycle. So then I spray some Resolve SprayNWash stuff on them and re-wash them. Usually the stains are gone after this step.
So am I just going to have to soak and wash 2x or does anyone have any magical solutions they want to share?????