I had never needed to learn so much about removing interesting items from clothing as I have since becoming a mom. I had never faced so many stubborn stains. Or Googled the best ways to get poop or spit-up out of clothing. And I had never, ever known the pure frustration of trying to peel stickers off already-washed-and-dried clothing. Ugh.
Our children’s program at church puts name tags on all the kids at every Wednesday and Sunday service. Plus Levon and I often have our own name tags from our volunteer service areas. So we have several shirts from which we have to remember to remove stickers every single week.
Most of the time I remember to peel them off right after service, or at least as soon as I take off their shirts. But sometimes those suckers make their way unnoticed into the washing machine. On really bad days, they even make it to the dryer. And if you’ve ever washed and dried a sticker onto your clothing, you know that it can be a bear to get off.
Unless you know the secret to easy removal.
Which I now do, thanks to a couple of my more experienced mommy friends who helped a momma out. They were nice enough to share their wisdom with me, and it changed my life. (Well … it saved a lot of time and shirts, anyway.) So now I’m passing along this handy tip to you!
If you don’t already know it, this little secret is going to save you a TON of time and angst the next time a sticker catches a ride into your washing machine on your kids’ clothing.
Here are the 5 steps for easily removing stickers from clothing in 30 seconds or less!
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HOW TO REMOVE STICKERS FROM CLOTHING THAT HAS BEEN WASHED AND/OR DRIED
Rub the sticker with the rag or cotton ball. You don’t have to scrub, just make sure the entire sticker is soaked.
Peel off the sticker!
It should come right off! If it doesn’t, rub more rubbing alcohol on it.
Rub the area a bit more to remove all sticker residue.
Rewash the clothing item.
That’s it! I couldn’t believe the first time I tried it how easily the sticker came off. No soaking, scrubbing, or picking required!
This was a genius tip that I am so thankful to have received. I hope if you didn’t already know about it that it makes your life a whole lot easier as well! (Especially if your kids love stickers as much as mine do!)
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For more genius laundry tips, check out this post from my friend Kishona at Life in Lape Haven for getting grease stains out of your clothes!
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