A quick lesson from my mistake.

I feel like many people, before Sadie was born, talked a lot about how after we had Sadie, we’d be doing laundry all the time. Of course, we’re cloth diapering, so that was a no-brainer. But all along, I’ve been pretty pleasantly surprised that, other than the cloth diapers, we’ve only added one load of laundry to the week’s chore (usually done on Sunday), and sometimes only once every other week. It’s just kind of depended on how many outfits Sadie’s gone through in a week.

Enter solid food. And a messy eater.

Solid food + messy eater + time spent in the hamper = black spots on Sadie’s clothes!!!! Son-of-a-bitch! Turns out, people with kids are washing their kids’ clothes more often so that, you know, MOLD doesn’t grow on them.

I feel like a slob. Like an idiot. And kind of pissed off that now we’re going to have to figure out washing Sadie’s “soiled” clothes more frequently than once a week.

Anyone have any recommendations on getting the mold spots out? I’ve tried Oxyclean.

12 thoughts on “A quick lesson from my mistake.

  1. kat

    no rec on mold spots, but i will say that I try to throw N’s food-covered clothes straight in the washer (using it as a hamper) instead of mixing w/ our clothes in the hamper. I might not wash them that second but it seems to force to do laundry more frequently.
    .-= kat´s last blog ..good thing he’s cute =-.

    1. Ashley

      Sadly those mold spots wont come out. A hard dose of bleach might fade them a bit. I did the same thing when Amelia started eating solids. Luckily it really only happens once. I do suggest (if you want to continue doing less laundry) rinsing everything in the sink and hanging it to dry. Then once its dried and mostly food free throwing it into the hamper. It keeps me from having to do laundry more than once a week.

      Good luck.

  2. katie

    we’ve had similar problems with honey’s stuff and I only recently discovered the oxyclean spot spray. Its kinda goopy, but if you rub it in and leave it on the spots for 20-30 mins it seems to almost always get the stains out (at least the second go round).

  3. Jennie

    Washing Soda. You can’t get it everywhere, I get it from my local co-op, but you mix equal parts of washing soda and salt with enough water to form a paste, spot it onto the mold, (or blood, or wine, or grass) stains, and let sit for half and hour or so, then stretch the fabric over a bowl. Pour boiling water through the fabric, once the stain is removed wash as one normally would.

    1. Brooke Post author

      I actually got washing soda at my grocery store. I used it to make laundry detergent. I like this plan of yours, and I think I’m going to try it. Thanks for posting!

  4. Stephanie

    I haven’t had mold on Jazz’s clothes (yet), but what I do after eating/at the end of the day (b/c he’s definitely that kid who always has food on him during the day) is wash off his shirts in the sink and hang them up to dry in the bathroom (where our hamper is, we have 2 bathrooms in our apt), and THEN put them in the hamper. So far, this has avoided mold.
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..the intrepid traveler! –can make it with the speed of light! =-.

    1. Brooke Post author

      Yeah, that’s what we need to start doing. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that to begin with. Doh!

  5. Stacy

    I’m from the Offbeat Mama site. I’ve never had to try for mold, but I know Zout got out some really old blood stains. You just get the cloth damp, put it on, rub it on really well, let sit 20 minutes, them wash.

  6. TMae

    I’m so glad you posted this. Never would have occurred to me…totally gonna learn from your mistake. 🙂


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