Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Stain Challenge the Third - Summer Stains & Outdoor Kids: Tide #GetsItOut #PGMom

I don't know what it's like where you live, but here in Toronto it's been stinkin' hot this past week. Hot and humid. And I love it! (Even with my hormonal sweats.) It really feels like summer, which has led me to instate that seasonal shift out of the house and into the garden. Play time, meal time, chill time - if it can happen outdoors, it does. The BBQ has been getting a workout, as have the NERF guns and soccer balls.

And I've been stocking up on summer staples as well. Things like jumbo packs of hot dogs & sausages, huge boxes of popsicles for the visiting kids, and white rum to make mojitos for the visiting parents (the mint grows in a container on my deck). I like to be prepared for an impromptu BBQ when friends drop by, plus I have a goal to become that house where all the kids hang out. I love having Boo and his friends here, both because their laughter makes me happy, and if they gather here I know exactly where he is! So I bribe them with frozen treats all summer. What can I say?

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Summer is a lot of fun, but it gets messy too. So, for this month's Tide Ultra Stain Release Stain Challenge I chose to focus on a couple of the big summer stain culprits we face around here - grass stains and drippy frozen treats. All those soccer games and NERF darts wars lead to a fair bit of sliding and hiding in the grass. And hot days inevitably lead to melting freezies and popsicles dripping all over us. I had a look at the frozen treat assortment in the freezer and decided to go with grape for the best staining. Plus, they're my favourite flavour. Tide removes over 100 stains in one wash, so this shouldn't be a problem, right?

See, I even do my work outside whenever I can. I'm writing this at that same table actually.
This time around I deliberately placed multiples of the same stain, so I could test Tide's performance both with and without pre-treating. And, yes, I got a bit creative and "staintagged" the shirt. Wouldn't it be ironic if it didn't get it out? (I wasn't worried though.)

I had to go inside for the actual laundry. Oh well.
I let the stains sit for a day, and then poured on a little Tide Ultra Stain Release to pre-treat the hashtag and two of the grass stains. I did use the nubs on the Zap! Cap on those areas. I washed this in warm water with other whites and some lights. The results?

Yes, that is the same shirt.
 Amazing, once again! All that purple and green gone. Well, almost all the green.

Two tiny spots
If you look reallysuperclose, you can see two tiny spots of grass stain left, just where I didn't pre-treat. Both the treated and pre-treated grape were completely removed, as was the pre-treated grass. And this is like a minuscule amount of the non-treated grass. So, yes, I am impressed. Grass is a brutal stain to remove, as anyone with small boys around can attest!

Oh! And last night I gave a quick test on another tee with some bacon grease, based on the comments coming in on my Tide giveaway post. I didn't think to do a before picture, but the stain did come out. That one I was a little worried about, so I did it on the hem of the t-shirt just in case, but the stain is gone!

So, I've tested the Tide Ultra Stain Release out on soil, red berries/red berry smoothie, grape popsicles, grass, and grease. Tide hit each challenge out of the park. I'm impressed, but not really surprised, based on my past experience with the brand. I will say though, looking at the stains I created for the challenges, which were generally larger and worse than I would normally encounter, I was a little anxious in case things didn't work out. Silly me. Still glad I didn't have to come here with a "Sorry, Tide" post all the same :)

In spite of my love affair with Tide Pods, which will likely remain my go-to, I plan to keep this on hand as well, to give me the stain-fighting boost I need when those tougher stains do make their appearance.

About Tide Ultra Stain Release

Tide Ultra Stain Release is available in both HE and Standard versions and helps fight up to 99% of everyday stains, with 6x the stain fighting power of the next leading competitor. This is the first Tide with the pre-treat Zap! Cap, featuring nubs and bristles to help you work the detergent into the stain before washing to enhance stain removal. MSRP $11.99 for the 48 load size.

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

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom ambassador. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and have been compensated to put Tide to the stain test. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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