The Proof is in the Laundry – Birthday Cake Fail
This post has been sponsored by OxiClean and I received compensation.
The proof is in the pudding. Or in this case the birthday cake plus laundry stain remover. Let me back it up a second.
This story starts with a birthday party and ends with laundry. Doesn’t every real-life story eventually end with laundry and stains? Travel ends in memories and laundry. School ends in smarter children and laundry. Play equals laundry. Work also equals laundry. See what I mean? Everything ends in laundry. But I digress.
June and July here are party months. Birthday party months that is. From June on we have a series of birthdays, anniversaries and even graduations. That means planning and sometimes a party is involved or a dinner out. Myself, my husband and my oldest daughter all have birthdays in June and July. This year our birthdays fell mid-week so we all had family parties mostly at home.
This past week I celebrated a big one. But I am not here to talk about my age, just the fact that I had a birthday with my family and it was lovely. One of my gifts was tickets to The Music Man this weekend! Excited about that. My day started with presents from one of my girls and then I drove her off to her theatre leader in training day camp program. Then I woke Payton up to go to her summer job. She also had presents for me.
And when everyone finally got back home after their busy day working and being a Leader in Training at camp we had a barbecue and a quick swim and, of course, birthday cake. My cake was amazing with really colourful bright red, yellow and blue icing and the steak and potatoes dinner was delicious. We celebrated with a cabernet as well. I’m learning to like good red wine. Mostly I worry it will stain my teeth and/ or furniture or clothing. It’s my own special laundry anxiety I guess.
But I avoided spilling red wine. No huge messes. Success, right?
WRONG. What is it about cake? One child still thinks it’s funny to wear hers for comic effect. OY. Do they ever outgrow that? And after a delicious meal I tucked into my cake only to spill a gob of it right on my white shirt. You know, the white Tommy Hilfiger T shirt that I wear at least once a week because it is comfortable and white matches everything, so I don’t need to think about wardrobe. Yeah that one.
Anyways, long story short. BIG fat icing stain which spread like an inkblot on the white shirt as soon as I switched it for a clean one and set it in my laundry room.
Luckily I have all the tools to fix this issue. Despite my laundry anxiety and the fact that I am no fan of laundry day (which is every day here), I trusted Oxiclean to get the stain out on the first try. And I didn’t let it spoil my day.
When Laundry Day is Every Day
Laundry day is every day around here. I have two kids, both of whom are girls, and let me tell you, girls can be messier than boys. I don’t care what anyone says about boys getting down and dirty, teen girls can beat that. At least, my girls do. Between makeup, food, and general grime, my husband and I are constantly battling to keep our clothes clean and bright.
All right, all right I’m no twinkly clean girl, either. I have a major clumsy streak, which happened to show itself during my birthday this week. So basically, my family puts our clothes through a lot. That’s why we need stain fighters that can handle everything we put our clothes through.
Laundry Day with OxiClean
As tough as my family is on our clothes, there’s one thing that’s tougher than our stains – OxiClean. Their stain remover is gold. My husband and I use two of their pre-treat laundry sprays on a regular basis to get out the stains that my family seems incapable of avoiding, and they work like a charm.
OxiClean Laundry Stain Remover Spray
For everyday stains like dirt and maybe some light food messes, we love their original spray. It’s tough, and it quickly breaks down stains that would otherwise stand up to the wash cycle. It does a great job on messes like wine, blood, dirt, grass, and the like. OxiClean recently launched a refill version of this spray too, giving you more bang for your buck!
OxiClean Max Force Laundry Stain Remover Spray
We bust out Max Force when we need to bring in the heavy artillery on laundry day. It takes the power of original OxiClean and multiplies it by a zillion. Honestly, we end up using this one more due to the paces we put our laundry through. This stain remover uses a 5-in-1 formula to break down really bad stains like grease, oil, grass, blood, soil, clay, food, drink, and set-in stains. Its tough formula uses:
- Amylase Enzymes – These enzymes lift food stains from fabric.
- Solvents and Surfactants – These dissolve and trap grease and oil.
- Polymers – Designed to bind to dirt and soil, suspending it and rinsing it away during the wash cycle.
- Protease Enzymes – Specifically designed to target protein stains like grass and blood.
- Mannanase – Breaks down food thickeners found in foods like ice cream and gravies.
I used OxiClean Max Force Laundry Stain Remover Spray on the T-shirt birthday cake stain. In fact I’ve seen it work brilliantly in the past, so I had high hopes and brings me to that old saying – The Proof is in the Pudding. Well, I KICKED that stain to the curb. Can’t even see a trace of it and it was nasty when I sprayed it on. After following the directions on the bottle and washing in HOT this stain lifted magically.
Happy to say I am wearing my favourite reliable white T-shirt again.
Today I was wearing the white T-shirt for a couple hours. My oldest looked at it and said: “Mom, I think it actually looks better than it did before the stain.” Must agree with her on that and it was nice to hear she thought so too.
The OxiClean White Revive In-Wash Booster is one I also love and use on our whites often. It gets a workout regularly and you know the nasty underarm stains from deodorant and sweat? It can get these stains out too.
Laundry Day is so Much Easier Now
My husband does as much of the laundry as I do, and we both love our OxiClean stain removers. They make laundry day so much easier. Now, when we see a shirt with makeup on it, or pants with a big spaghetti sauce stain, or a T-shirt with birthday cake icing all over it, we don’t sweat it. We know we can get those stains out, which means less work for us and less expense from having to buy clothes to replace the ruined ones. OxiClean makes laundry day easier, so give it a try. You won’t be sorry.
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During the summer, BBQ sauce stains are never-ending at my house! I find them worse than ketchup stains because the colour is deeper and the stain is greasier.
I would say coffee – for some reason, this is always an issue with me – I spill it all the time. LOL
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Red Wine is a tough stain to get rid of
Paint and markers from my very creative little guy
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Tomato sauce, red wine & blood.
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right now my biggest stain problem is poop from my newborn lol. i know its only going to get worse
Grass and dirt from the baseball diamond on my son’s uniform baseball pants – they’re white 🙁
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Blueberries are the worst stain for me.
Grass stains is one my biggest stain problems.
Gas and diesel stains on hubby’s clothes from work. The Worst!
Grass stains are hard to get rid of!
grape juice and grass stains are what my sons clothes get covered in often and i can not get them
my husband its greece and for me well i am a spiller so i wear everything
Grass, paint and food stains from the kiddos and diaper explosions are expected again from baby on the way! Oh and my husband works outdoors so whatever stains he can find lol
I work in a kindergarten classroom and one of my biggest stains is paint.
my biggest stains are grease splatters from cooking or I always seem to get spaghetti sauce on my shirt
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One of my biggest stain problems is blueberries and next month we will be out picking them and they stain so bad
I’m currently despairing over the strange stains that appear on my white or light colored clothes after the wash in a hot or very hot water(or so it seems to be). They are faint gray color and nothing takes them out, not even my favorite Oxiclean products…
My biggest stain problem was spilling spaghetti sauce on my shirt once
Would definitely be grease stains on hubby’s work shirts.
Grass stains are the worst for me.
We love pasta and have it often but with that comes greasy spaghetti bolognese sauce stains that I have to tackle each week.
My biggest problem is grass stains
We had pizza last week and my daughter dropped her slice of pizza on her lap so I had to tackle those pizza/grease stains on her pants and shirt.
Raspberries are hard to get out of clothes
Grease stains are the worst.
cherries are hard to get out of clothes
My biggest challenge is red wine and grass.
I have a house of boys , so you name it they do it ! Food and dirt is probably my worst stains to deal with !
spaghetti sauce is my worst stain
Red wine stains
one of your biggest stain problems this summer is grass stains!
I am a massage practitioner — so my biggest stain issue is essential oils and the base oil.
my husband is always on his knees weeding the gardens so mud and grass are a big problem for me, and our ground is red clay which is terrible to remove
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My 11 year old’s WHITE baseball pants!!! Who picks white for a game where they constantly slide in the dirt???? 🙂
My stains are from my three doggies… just mud mud mud lol
my stain problem is usually ketchup or mustard
Grape stains are hard to get out
My son, his love of hot dogs, and the dreaded mustard stains that are super tough to get out!
I love blueberries and may drop them from time to time on my clothes! I hate ruining a good shirt because of a stain!
Stains from anti antiperspirant are very challenging.
Various food stains
Grease stains from cooking oily foods.
The ground-in dirt that my husband’s jeans sport after he works in the garden is my biggest stain headache.
Pasta sauce is the worse stain to get out
my biggest stain problems would be wine , even though i don’t drink it i join my friend on wine night as a dd , and I’ve had more then 1 glass tipped on me lol
Tomato based stains are a challenge!
Oil stains are to remove from clothes.
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Grease stains are hard to get out
My husbands work clothes, soon to be baby spit up and diaper explosions, my toddler son and his messy ways and my daughter that loves gymnastics!
My biggest issue is grass stains.
Definitely coffee for me. I tend to spill it before I’m fully awake.
One of my biggest stain problems is sweat stains on our workout shirts.
OOF. I get this one. Deodorant stains in the underarms also ruins some of our shirts.
My worst stain is trying to get out mustard and raspberry stains
OH mustard!! OUCH yes that I could see and raspberries are the worst. Yummy but such a pain to get those stains out.
Red Wine is a stain problem stain to get out.
Tomato sauce stains. So hard for me to get those stains out.
Spaghetti sauce is a problem for us lol 🙂 myself included. Thanks!
My biggest stain issue is blood from nosebleeds
My biggest stain problem is coffee.
Cooking oil getting on my clothing is the hardest stain to get out.
Debbie White Beattie
My biggest stains result from pasta sauce
tea on the rug. thanks
Grease stains are bad
Grease is a problem stain in our house
my kids play in the dirt everyday and stain all their light clothing.
I know people are going to find this gross, but my biggest stain issue is the one I experience ‘monthly’. I just haven’t had any success getting those stains out!
Not at all gross. Reality. I am a Mom of girls. I relate to this.
I find tomato based stains to be a challenge for me
My biggest problem is red wine stains!
tomato sauce is my biggest issue
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Wine stains are a big problem.
Grease splatters from cooking are the worse!
Yesterday I got some cooking grease on my shirt. I am hoping it comes out!
Grease stains from cooking
Definitely my kids getting grass and mud stains.
My grandson and his spaghetti sauce stains.
Grass stains are awful
Mystery stains! Kids clothes are always covered in spots and blobs and I have no idea what they are, and they leave a mark after the wash. Argh!
Grass and dirt stains are the worst!
Blueberries and tomato sauce.
“Art” stains are another problem for me – all the paint, markers etc. my kids use at preschool/school do NOT seem to be washable, despite the teachers telling me that they are.
My biggest stain problem is not treating them soon enough.
My biggest stain problems are cement stains.
Grass stains are hard to get out of jeans.
Oil stains are a problem
Tomato sauce stains are a big problem
Debbie White Beattie
My biggest stains result from my husbands greasy coveralls
I have three dogs that manage to get into many unknown things in the yard and on walks. I couldn’t even tell you what half the stains are, but not only do I have to deal with stains but the smell! I’d love to win this giveaway!
Blood stains are the worsf
My husband is a mechanic and a milk truck driver so I get grease stains and milk stains which are very hard to get out
cooking oil splatters are always my biggest problem
My biggest stain problem is bacon fat!
Anything tomato based
The dreaded grease for me.
Yesterday’s mess: Tomato sauce on a white dress. So far, not even my oxyclean is getting it out. 🙁
tomato stains are tricky
Blueberry pie stains are hard for me to deal with – my littlest ate blueberry pie in a beautiful white dress at a wedding, and I can’t get the stains fully out of the thick satin material.
Grease stains are definitely a big laundry challenge.
Grease stains can be a challenge
It’s difficult to remove grease stains.
Ink stains are a challenge to remove from clothes.
Donna- YES they are – this is one that I hate. Some of my favourite purses have ink stains on them and I can’t get those out. I wish Oxiclean had a product for purses. LOL
I find tomato sauce is hard to get out of clothes.
With an auto mechanic husband my biggest stain problems are oil & grease!
OH man this one is a hard stain to fight!! Good luck!
Grease stains are a problem
Debbie White Beattie
Another big stain results from red wine
Getting the dirt stains out of my kids’ socks is a problem for me – they never look quite clean enough!
spilled mustard stains suck and very hard to get out
I grow a garden so dirt and tomato based stains are a challenge
usually its ketchup or mustard stains
Another stain problem I have is beets!
ONE OF MY BIGGEST LAUNDRY / STAIN ISSUES ARE GRIMY DINGY WHITES… GRRR.
Dried blood stains are very difficult to remove.
Blueberry stains can’t get out
Mud stains are hard to get out.
Blood and grease stains are a challenge.
grass stains on my sons pants oh there the worst
Probably blueberry and tomato stains.
Cherries this time of year a stain problem for me!
Blueberry stains are pretty bad
Tomato stains are tough
Debbie White Beattie
Strawberry stains are really hard to get out
Food stains are a bugger to get out of clothing!
Tea or coffee stains
tomato sauce is another problem for me
tomato and oil stains are my problem
BBQ sauce can be real tricky this time of year, never fails to have to deal with it after a meal of BBQ
Grease and oil are really hard stains to get out.
I find that grease stains are difficult as they reappear
Grease stains are one of the worst to deal with, especially if they are not noticed right away!
Grease stains drive me crazy!
I find it hard to re remove stains from shirt collars and cuffs.
Turmeric is something I get on my clothes nowadays.
BBQ grease is a tough one.
Mud stains are hard to get out
Debbie White Beattie
Grass stains are always a problem
Mud stains are a challenge for me
foods stains are my biggest concern
One of many – red wine
Another stain problem I have is red wine,it’s so hard to remove
Yet another tough stain – coffee!
Kristy: That is so true.
the dreaded grease
I find dried blood a hard stain to get out. My super-active kids often have scraped knees, elbows etc. and if the blood gets on their clothes and they just throw them into the wash without telling me, it’s a bit late to treat the stain by the time I discover it. We have lots of leggings with little blood stains on the knees!
My biggest problem is grass stains
I got cherry juice on my pants today haha.
Sweat Stains are hard to get out sometimes
Debbie White Beattie
I think cherry juice is really hard to remove
My biggest stain problem is cooking grease!
Ive been hiking a lot over the summer and havea ton of tiny cuts – the blood stains are a challenge!
cooking oil splattered are always a huge problem
ONE OF my biggest stain problems is red wine spilled on white clothing 🙁
Mustard stains are one of the worst.
Mustard is so hard to remove from clothing
Haha, I just had a funny stain memory – when I went to Australia and cuddled a koala, he wiped his nose on my white tank top and left a thin line of koala snot. I never could it out of my shirt! Not with stain treatment, trying to bleach it in the sun, etc. It looked a bit like a pencil line and just never went away. So koala snot is a tough stain to get out lol!
Blueberries are a stain problem for me.
Berry stains are definitely a big challenge to get out.
sweat stains can be a challenge
I find tomato sauce stains difficult to remove
Today’s biggest stain problem is the spaghetti sauce.
my husbands grease stains from work oh they are the worst
My biggest stain problems are grass and pasta sauce stains.
tea for sure. thanks
Mud stains drive me crazy
Mustard! anytime I eat mustard I seem to get it on my clothes
Mustard and ketchup are stain problems
spaghetti sauce is the worst for us
Debbie White Beattie
My husband gets sweat stains especially on his work clothes
Grease stains from cooking are the worse
grease is my biggest problem
Grass and mud can be a huge stain problem
my biggest stain problem is my 7-year-old son!
Grease stains are a big one.
Pasta sauce is one stain I deal with often.
I find perspiration stains difficult to remove. I’ve been told to try rubbing table salt into the stain but did not see results doing this.
Berry stains can be tricky – blueberries, blackberries, cherries, strawberries… My mom taught me a good trick about placing the material over a bowl, then pouring boiling hot water over top of the stain. The hot water and the steam rising really work well for lifting the stains(s)!
BBQ sauce is hard to remove also.
one of my biggest challenges is grass stains on light coloured clothing
battling the grease stains from the bbq
grease stains are the worst!
Blood stains are pretty horrible
Chokecherry stains are hard to get rid of
Debbie White Beattie
Coffee stains are the worst
Jennifer c (@JusticeSadie)
Lately The worst stains around here is Cherry Stains and Beets. But they are so tasty. Messy but so good.
Grass stains on the knees are hard to get out
As an educator working in kindergarten I have to deal with a lot of stains, the worse are the paint stains.
one of my biggest stain problems is juice spilled on clothing
Red wine would be on that list.
So many stains! Juice, grease, grass… I don’t have much luck getting out stains…
Had a blood stain on the weekend that was a big challenge to get out…but OxiClean managed to!
the dreaded grease is always a challenge
An impossible stain I’ve been dealing with this summer is nail polish!! My 5 year old has become obsessed with painting her nails, and she’s smudged the wet polish onto her clothes several times and I cannot get it out. 🙁
One stain I struggle to remove from clothes is grease.
Butter stains from going to the movies is very hard to get out of cotton pants
nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham)
I find grease and caulking is the hardest to get out.
I struggle to get grass stains out of my daughters clothing.
Grease stains can be a real challenge to get out.
grease grass and food stains are the worst
My biggest stain is grass on the knees of every pair of pants my son owns! Soccer ⚽️ everyday at school =laundry every day.
Salsa is my biggest stain problem today.
Today I had to deal with raspberry stains!
Dirt from playing in the garden is a tough stain
My biggest stain problem is red wine.
Tomato sauce is often a problem for me.
Debbie White Beattie
Blood stains are my nemesis
Red Wine on my white t-shirt was a problem.