Friday, April 15, 2016

Getting Out Those Tough Spring Stains with Tide Ultra Stain Release - Tide #GetsItOut

I'm excited to let you all know that I'm part of a new ambassador program for Tide, where I'll be completing a series of challenges and putting the stain fighting power of Tide's new Ultra Stain Release to the test. My love of Tide is not news to my regular readers; I've been a devoted fan for years. So I am going in to this project quite optimistic, based on my long experience with the quality of the brand.

Tide Ultra Stain Release is formulated to remove 99% of everyday stains, and it comes with a special "Zap Cap" to help you pre-treat the toughest stains, including grease. This cap has both bristles for deep scrubbing and flatter nubs to spread the detergent around. You can see the texture and how it removed some of the dirt from my tee even prior to washing, in the picture below:

And, yes, that dirt was my first challenge, as I planted seeds in celebration of the first day of spring a few weeks ago.  As an avid gardener I am well aware of the filth and stains that come with this hobby. Ground-in dirt and grass stains from kneeling and wiping my hands on my clothes abound. I don't tend to wear gloves in the garden (I like to be able to feel what I'm doing), so I get super messy and my clothes take a beating.

It is for sure too early to be planting much of anything outdoors in our area, but planting some seeds indoors is a great way to get an early start on the gardening season and bring some green to our homes. Whether you're starting plants to put out in your garden later in the season, or seeding some herbs for your kitchen windowsill, you will likely need some help in your clean up!

First, I want to share a few quick tips for planting your seeds, and then I'll show you how my challenge went.

  • Before you begin, be sure to lay down some newspaper or a sheet of plastic over your work area, for easy clean-up.
  • Use a good quality seed starter mix for your soil. It will have nutrients included to help your seedlings along and will be the correct balance for this stage of a plant's life.
  • Plant your seeds according to package directions and place where they will get ample natural light.
  • I like to cover my seed pots lightly with plastic wrap until the seeds germinate and begin to sprout. This helps to keep the soil warm and moist.
  • Use a spray bottle for gentle watering.
  • Have a liner or saucer under your pot to catch any excess water so you don't stain the surface under your plant!
  • Enjoy the fruits of your labours!
Now that you have planted your seeds, and likely wiped your hands across your clothes or knelt down in a muddy spill, it's time to tackle those soil stains. Follow these steps for removal success:
  • First off, brush off any excess dirt from the garment.
  • Rinse in cold water to dilute the stain.
  • Using a plastic bucket, create a soak solution by adding 1/2 use (about 25ml) Tide Ultra Stain Release per gallon of cold water.
  • Allow the garment to soak for up to 30 minutes. If it won't stay submerged you can weigh it down with a white towel (avoid dye transfer).
  • Proceed to wash the garment in warm water.

Now, although these are the official steps to take, I admit I took some liberties and short cuts. I decided to test out the detergent without the pre-soak, and just poured on some of the Tide, worked it into the stains and let it sit for a few minutes before tossing the tee into a warm water wash. I figured if it didn't work, I'd dirty another white tee and do it according to directions. But I didn't need to - the stain came out on the first try! Check it out.

Before - smeared potting soil and random hand wipes
After - good as new!
Great job, right? It was painless and quick and my shirt is as white and bright as ever. I'm impressed with the results and looking forward to April's challenge to see what other messes I can get into (and out of).  This is a messy time of year with melting snow, April showers, and the start of yard clean-up, heading back to the playgrounds and planting for the summer. Be prepared for the mess with Tide!

Want to learn more? You can find handy tips and tricks to remove all kinds of stains at

Disclosure: I am a member of the Tide Stain Ambassador program, and I receive financial compensation for my participation. Regardless, all opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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