With four kids, I have learned the art of keeping a uniform clean. From the knee stains on the baseball pants to the shoulder stains on the football uniform… and even to the pizza sauce stains on the wrestling uniforms because an 8 hour wrestling tournament calls for a pizza break.
Over the years… and the many sports, I’ve learned a thing or two about cleaning & I’ve picked up a few tricks from other moms at the field…
If I can soak a uniform with Molly’s Suds Oxygen Whitener for an hour, then run the machine as usual, it really works well. (works great on towels & sheets, too!)
Hack: I grab a 5 gallon bucket that I have from Home Depot & soak it. When I’m done, I throw it into the washer to complete the wash I’ve turned many dirty pants white again.
Skip the bleach
I know that there are many times when we want to grab bleach, but remember that this isn’t the time. A uniform made of polyester fabric can be damaged with bleach. Use Molly’s Suds Oxygen Whitener instead, because it is Chlorine-Free & Color-Safe.
Hack: Soak it in hot water and repeat until you read the desired outcome.
Wash it alone
I have found, only by mistake, that washing a pair of baseball pants with the sweatshirt that he wore to the game, doesn’t turn out well. The red lint of the sweatshirt ended up all over the gray pants. Lesson learned.
Hack: Have a separate laundry basket for “sports uniforms”. I throw all of their wrestling singlets in the wash at the same time and it’s simple if I grab the sports basket.
Wash shoes & hats, too
We grab Molly’s Suds All Sport to clean shoes. If you’ve ever seen (or smelled) a pair of shoes after a rainy game, you know that air drying isn’t nearly good enough. Toss them into the washer with Molly’s Suds All Sport to remove lingering odors.
Hack: Add in an old towel – it aids in the friction (this is a good thing!) – adding one scoop of whitener helps to whiten the shoes. The Whitener + All Sport together makes for a true home run (lol!)
Extra Tip: I don’t dry them for more than a few minutes (I toss in Molly’s Suds Wool Dryer Balls, dry for about 3 minutes then take them out to air-dry)
Wash the uniform right after the game
The longer the uniform has a chance to sit, the longer you’ll spend soaking and washing it. When the kids get home, they give me their uniform and I wash it, while they jump in the shower. Molly’s Suds All Sport is #1 for eliminating tough odor-causing bacteria in uniforms. They use colloidal micelles, which creates an energy field of safe cleaning power. It breaks up oil and dirt molecules into soluble biodegradable components.
Hack: When traveling (on a travel team or at a meet away from home)…
Fill a 2 gallon zip lock bag with 1 ounce All Sport. Then grab an empty water bottle & fill it with water. Bring it with you to the game. When the game is over, dump the uniform into the pre soaped bag, add the bottle of water, and zip it up! Knead the bag to get the uniform to absorb the water. When you get home, throw it into the washer.