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How to Get a Stain Out of a White Shirt & Avoid Laundry Mistakes So Your Clothes Last Longer

Thank you to Tide for partnering on this fun learning experience and for sponsoring today’s post! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’m just going to come out and say it. When it comes to laundry – and household chores in general – I’m not the most experienced. In fact, up until about a month ago, we only had one type of detergent in our house which Jordan and I used for all types of clothing and stains. I found that the occasional stain from dinner just wasn’t coming out in my old laundry routine. Not to mention, our clothes – particularly Jordan’s workout clothes – just didn’t smell fresh after months continuing to wear and wash them.

My trip to the Tide Lab in January changed my whole mindset about laundry – who knew I’d actually be EXCITED to wash my clothes now? Sharing some of the most common laundry hacks and why they are no match for Tide’s newest products in today’s full post!

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Laundry Hacks | How To Avoid Laundry Mistakes to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

Laundry Hacks | How To Avoid Laundry Mistakes to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

Looking back now, I am wondering how I could fill my closet with beautiful clothes but never consider the possible laundry mistakes I was making. Not to mention the fact that I was actually cutting down on the lifetime of my clothes! More often than not, I would turn to Google for common laundry hacks like vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice with bargain detergent. But I never got the results I needed. 

Laundry Hacks | How To Avoid Laundry Mistakes to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

What I Learned

Going into this trip with Tide, I realized I didn’t know enough about how to treat and wash my clothing. Not only do Jordan and I have totally different needs when it comes to detergents, I wasn’t aware of all the innovation that’s used when developing the different formulas.

I also learned that traditional “stains” are not the only things we need to worry about! One of the most common stains is body soil from everyday wear that can produce lingering odor. Ever wonder why you wash a piece of clothing, fold it, and about a month later when you put it on, it smells funny? That can be due to residual odor!

Or have you ever watched your favorite white t-shirt go from bright white to… well dingy? In a few of the Tide Lab experiments, we tested how to get stains out of white clothes and saw how using Tide on polyester shirts (one of the most common fabrics) got 12 (!!) shades whiter than with lemon juice and vinegar with bargain detergent.

Laundry Hacks | How To Avoid Laundry Mistakes to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

Why #TideBeatsHacks

There are a lot of laundry tips and tricks people swear by to keep clothing clean. I’m sure you’ve heard a few right? Like using lemon juice or baking soda or even vinegar in addition to bargain brand detergent to brighten whites, get out hard-to-treat stains or even remove odor. What you might not realize is that these common hacks don’t account for modern fabrics or washing machines.

Laundry Hacks | How To Avoid Laundry Mistakes to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

So we put on our lab coats (literally) and put these hacks to the test through various experiments. To tackle lingering odor and traditional food stains, we tested our own workout clothing from that morning’s OrangeTheory class and our white sweatshirts from brunch where we were encouraged to spill on ourselves. Side note – I didn’t hold back at brunch (check out my shirt, which I think looked kind of cool at the end!). That’s a whole lot of syrup, chocolate sauce, juice and more…

Here are the key takeaways from each hack:

  • It would take the juice from more than an ENTIRE bag of lemons to keep white clothing white.
  • Lemon juice has bleaching power and shouldn’t be used on colors.
  • Washing with vinegar can lower the pH level of your detergent, making it less effective aka your clothes will likely smell like vinegar.
Laundry Hacks | How To Avoid Laundry Mistakes to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

Half of the group’s brunch sweatshirts were washed in Tide and the other half using common laundry hacks. You can see that the hacks still left behind stains!

Up against Tide’s upgraded formula, the hacks were unable to remove our brunch stains – by the way, I was the person who smeared halibut dip on myself – not the best smell. Plus, the hacks actually left our workout clothes smelling possibly worse than before – washing your clothes in vinegar means they’re most likely going to smell like it afterwards. After I saw what Tide did to the same stains and active wear it was pretty clear that the re-engineered Tide is the best solution for modern day laundry challenges over the hacks.

Which Products We’ve Started Using & Why

The biggest change that we’ve made to our laundry process is adding the new formulas into the mix. For example, I’ve started to primarily use Tide’s new Fresh Coral Blast SKU which activates its fresh scent as you move – so you get little bursts of scent throughout the day! Perfect for my athleisure.

Because Jordan works out almost every day – and is very prone to spills, we’ve switched him to either the regular Tide formula or the new Tide Ultra Oxi formula. Tide Ultra Oxi uses a breakthrough enzyme that targets tougher stains like spaghetti sauce or red wine – both pretty popular in our house.

All of these formulas are available as a liquid or as a Tide POD. And guys, I’ve started using Tide PODs – they are SO easy. You just toss them in and don’t have to worry about the liquid dripping all over the place. It leaves me wondering why I hadn’t switched over to them before!

Laundry Hacks | How To Avoid Laundry Mistakes to Make Your Clothes Last Longer

Spread the word that #TideBeatsHacks and share which “laundry trick” you’re leaving behind!

Photos by Lainey Reed + the Tide team

Laundry Hacks | How To Avoid Laundry Mistakes to Make Your Clothes Last Longer


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  • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Thank you for the tips! No doubt they’ll be super useful the next time I do my laundry! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    March 1, 2018 at 9:12 pm
    • Reply [email protected]

      Totally changed my laundry experience – I don’t even use liquid detergent anymore!

      March 7, 2018 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Sharon

    These are such good tips and I think this post is so fun, cute and creative!

    March 5, 2018 at 6:56 am
    • Reply [email protected]

      So glad you enjoyed – I love how hands-on the entire experience was with the Tide Labs team!

      March 7, 2018 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply ellargomaster

    Thank you for the corrections! Updated. =)

    March 16, 2018 at 12:08 pm
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