I’m a little bit of a laundry fanatic. In fact, I really LIKE to do laundry. I know, I know! I can hear all the other moms out there groaning under their mountains of dirty laundry that they hate to have to deal with. The normal moms who don’t do the laundry until their families actually run out of clothes and they NEED to do laundry. I do laundry pretty much daily. Partly, I do this because I don’t want it to build up – we are a family of 5 after all. But mainly, I do laundry because I enjoy it… (okay, and because then I feel like I’ve accomplished something and I’m not a total failure as a homemaker because the dishes are piled up, the floor hasn’t been mopped in a month, and I forgot to send my kid a snack at school…)
So, we’ve established two things so far. 1) I’m not perfect. 2) I like to do laundry.
When I was in college, I would take my homework down to the laundry room in the basement of my apartment when I had to wash a load so I could sit in there and watch all the clothes spinning around in the big front-loader washers with the windows in front. (This was before everyone had them in their homes – I don’t. It’s probably a good thing I have a top loader or I’d never get anything done while the washer was running!)
It’s not just that I like to do the laundry and I do it. I’m actually fairly compulsive about the way I do it. I’m definitely a sorter. It drives me CRAZY that some people don’t sort their laundry. HELLO? Your white clothes will not be white anymore if you are washing them with jeans and black socks! I pass on all my kids’ clothes. My teenager’s clothes get saved for his younger brother. The girl and the little boy both have smaller kids lined up who get their clothes after them, so I really try to make sure that the clothes I’m handing down are in good shape. No stains, no weird smells, and plenty of wear left.
Wisk laundry detergent recently sent me a sample of their Deep Clean Power Blasts to try out. I’m always keen to try out a new detergent, and I’m always willing to throw in a load, so I tried them out right away. I had a nice big load of colored clothes to do, so I got that started. Then I set about to read up on the product.
Apparently there are 20 times more body oils and sweat in your laundry than visible stains.
I’m always all concerned about spraying stains with stain remover and scrubbing it in with a toothbrush, but I figured everything else just took care of itself in the washer.
Grossest items in my laundry? Probably the nasty, grassy, sweaty, stiff soccer socks I have to deal with every fall. Or maybe the cycling clothes my husband and teenager wear on their 50 mile training rides in the late spring and summer when they’re getting ready for the Seattle to Portland bike ride. I won’t say it’s my own workout clothes, or the towels I use to mop off my face at aerobics class… nope. My mom taught me that women don’t sweat – we glow.
At any rate, we threw the little pod of detergent into the washer on top of the clothes, like the instructions said. We ran the load. As far as I can tell, everything came out as clean as I wanted it to. I sniff tested some stuff, and everything smelled fresh and clean! Even my daughter’s cotton candy pink coat that she got all muddy at camp last weekend came out clean!
Apparently, the Wisk Deep Clean Power Blasts have this super-awesome, patented micro-cleaner formula that seeks out that nasty oil and sweat residue and eliminates it so it won’t build up on your clothes. I kind of think there might be a little ninja in those pods, kicking butt on your nasty socks and underwear! But that’s just me.
(But seriously, wouldn’t it be cool to have a ninja in your washing machine?)
Rachel is also a MOMS club member. She is thankful for the blessing of staying home to raise her three crazy, wonderful kids. In addition to scrapbooking, she likes knitting, gardening, reading, blogging and otherwise avoiding the housework she should be doing. You can read about her adventures and disasters at rachel’s ramblings.