Laundry and I are close, really close. As a family of five I’m clocking a solid seven to eight loads of laundry per week, and dealing with stains on a constant basis. On top of the kid’s clothes (food, grass, did I mention food?), I have my husband who has worn the same self-appointed “uniform” of jeans and a white t-shirt for the entire 15 years I’ve known him.
White t-shirts suck. They are only white for a month before they start to look grey (forget the ones that he spills on), and bleach scares me so I never use it. I’ve taken to just replacing shirts because I couldn’t get them to stay white. This means I’m literally ordering tall white t-shirts every couple of months. It’s insane.
I was so excited when I got the opportunity to test out the new Resolve Gold Crystal White In Wash Powder (also available in gel form). It claims to make your whites up to 60% whiter in just one wash, and to effortlessly tackle blueberry, coffee, grape juice, grass, beet juice, beef gravy, and wine stains. My mind immediately went to all those grey-ish-white t-shirts sitting on the back of a shelf. Maybe I could save them! Maybe I wouldn’t have to order more next month!
And then – it hit us – the stomach flu.
My 5 year old son got hit with it Sunday night at the dinner table (like literally all over the dinner table, while we were eating, OMG). Tuesday night it was my 3 year old daughter and I, Wednesday morning the 16 month old baby had it, and Wednesday afternoon, my husband.
Five people, in one house, sick with the stomach flu.
The laundry was in over drive; three loads a day minimum, in between baths and naps, with not a thought put towards pre-treating. I just wanted things clean, not smelling, and ready for the kids again by bedtime. The price I paid: Sophie’s crisp white crib bedding was covered in yellow stains that I’d just quickly washed multiple times just so she could go back to bed. The kiss of death to fabric, especially white fabric.
I figured that if anything was going to put Resolve Gold Crystal White to the test, this was it. I threw a scoop of the powder in the laundry tub along with Bo’s shirts and my one white skirt that I have a really bad habit of cooking dinner in (meaning it’s now cream coloured). For Sophie’s duvet cover though, I followed the instructions on the container for pre-treating, made the paste, spread it over the stain, and left it to sit for five minutes before starting the washing machine.
I didn’t have high hopes. The stains were yellow, and the paste looked a bit yellow, so before I threw it into the wash, I couldn’t see any difference.
But then I took it out of the washing machine. Gone. The entire stain was gone! After five of the hardest days I’ve had as a Mom (not easy to take care of three sick little kids when you’re the sickest one), I felt like I’d finally gotten a “win”.
My skirt came out ok, definitely whiter than before. What’s hard to tell are the sections that had big discolored areas (like they were a little grey here, yellow there). Those are actually a lot better than the photos show.
The grey shirts were a nice surprise too. While they aren’t back to bright white, they are much whiter looking than before, especially the most grey of the bunch. Some of them are at least 5 years old too, with lots of wear working outside, so I’m pretty darn happy. Next time I think I’ll try doing a pre-treat soak on them with the Resolve Gold and see if I can’t get them even whiter.
I am 100% sold on Resolve Gold. My hopes were that Sophie’s yellow stain would be less noticeable; I never thought it would be completely gone. I will always have a jar of this sitting on my shelf in the laundry room now.
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