Monday, April 23, 2012

4.23.12 - Best Laundry Advice Ever

First, to update on Liam - remember Thursday he had that low grade fever?  Well we ended our night in Urgent Care after he massively threw up after dinner, was cyanotic for a good hour after his bath and spiked a fever of 103.9....strange.  Urgent care checked him out and ruled out strep, and his color came back on the ride there and his sats ended up being a wonderful 100%...not sure what happened.  They sent us home as all other vitals checked out normal.  Friday he ran a low grade fever all day, but acted totally normal.  And the weekend was fever free and normal.  I guess he caught a little 24 hour bug or something.  Just weird that he was blue for so long....usually after his bath he turns a little blue, but once he's out and dried off, his color returns within minutes.  This time, it had been a whole hour and he still was dusky looking.  Anyways, just thanking God it was something minor and not seemingly heart related.  Whew!

And on to the BEST laundry advice ever....I know, seems strange to write a whole post about it, but it's true and I've been meaning to share it for awhile.  In fact, ever since early December, when my boss's wife shared with me a secret that has literally changed so much for my laundry life.  We were talking about how our boys (she has 2, a 4 year old and 2 year old) get into everything and ruin so many clothes (meanwhile the boys were all three parading on their hands and knees at the restaurant of our annual Christmas party!).  She said, "I just use "bluedon".  I was thinking...I've never heard of that, I'm sure it costs a fortune and I bet you can only find it in a small, specialty store or online somewhere.  Then she kept describing how she literally poured it all over their clothes at the kitchen sink, let it dry and then threw them in with the next load and voila, stains were gone...So, I ask her again, what is this stuff called?  And she said, "Blue Dawn, you know, the dish soap?"  That one conversation changed my laundry forever.  Especially with a heart kiddo who was frequenting a dinner of pure butter and greasiness to gain some weight and a momma who was tired of throwing out shirts and pants because of the impossible to remove oily stains.  And it works....I first tested it on fresh stains and everything came out like a charm.  Then, I moved on to shirts and pants I had retired to be "donated".  I pulled them back out with their "washed-in, set" stains and all, slathered on the Dawn soap (and ANY color works, I use the green apple, but I have stayed true to the "Dawn" brand), let the clothes sit for a few days, then added into a normal load of laundry and sure enough, every spot washed clean out....It was a miracle that has saved me much time and money! 

And I'm starting to think I may be the last person to find this trick out...but hopefully, this will help someone out there!!  It was an answered prayer for me!


  1. OOhhhh!! I will totally be trying this!! I needed this little miracle advice. Between my two we have so many stained up clothes its not even funny! Thanks for sharing. I'll definitely be trying this!

    I'm glad Liam is doing well now. Those little scares stink! Always praying for y'all! :)

  2. I learned about the Blue Dawn from my mother who shared it with me when I was frustrated trying to remove oily stains from Wyatt's know since boys like to use their shirts in place of a napkin.