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Tips for keeping school uniforms clean, stain free and fresh smelling during Back to School time and year round!
There’s just something so magical for me about Back to School and Fall time. It’s probably in part because, after 15 years teaching high school, plus another 18 or so years as a student myself, I feel a lot of joy and nostalgia for when it’s time for school to start again.
School Uniforms- A Cultural Tradition
This is the first year that both my girls are in school- although it’s part time, it’s definitely a big adjustment for me to have the mornings free. Our girls go to a school that requires uniforms, and I have to admit I’ve found a lot of joy in making sure their uniforms looks and feel good for when they get ready for school each morning.
School uniforms are a big deal in Costa Rica, and since my girls are half Costa Rican, I adore the cultural aspect of our uniforms. In fact the Costa Rican pre-K uniforms are in dress code at the girls school, so they actually wear uniforms we brought back from Costa Rica to school each day.
I make sure to take extra good care of our school clothes, and I wanted to share with you how I keep school uniforms in great shape all year long with a few simple school uniform tips!
How To Care For School Uniforms
Take school uniform off right away– I make sure the girls take the clothes off right when they walk in the door from school. It’s part of our after school routine, and involves them in the care of the uniforms.
Grab stains immediately- I know I’m not the only mom that can tell what her kid has had for school lunch just by looking at their face or their school uniform. Spaghetti day is definitely one of the worst days- and I make sure to put those uniforms under cold water before the stain sets in further.
Wash uniforms separately- this is a big one. Of course all of the uniforms are similar colors, so I wash them separately. I love to make sure everything comes out smelling fresh as well- and that’s where Gain Fresh Water Sparkle™ products come in. In the washer I use two different products-I start with the NEW Gain Flings! Laundry Detergent Pacs in the Fresh Water Sparkle™ scent exclusive to Dollar General.
I load the detergent pacs according to the package instructions- the size of our washer depends on how many you need. The pacs also are HE washer compatible and dissolve equally well in hot and cold water-which is great because I think it’s better to wash the uniforms in cold water. I usually add a few shakes of NEW Gain Fireworks In-Wash Scent Booster Beads, Fresh Water Sparkle™ as well to add even more fresh scent to the uniforms.
I prefer when my kids smell like school instead of smelling sweet like home! If you prefer a softer scent, you can use Gain Fabric Softener in the washer instead of the Gain In-Wash Scent Booster Beads if you want.
Dry uniforms on low heat- I like to tumble dry school uniforms on low and then either press the collars with an iron or use a clothing steamer on them.
Store uniforms separately- Once everything is done, I store the girls’ uniforms in a plastic bin in their closets. The bin is separate from their other clothes because I have noticed that when we open up the drawers and all their non-uniform clothes are starting back at them, they put up more of a fight about wearing the uniform.
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Taking care of school uniforms can be a lot of work- but I also love the way the girls look when they are all dressed up for school in clothes that I have taken great care to keep looking clean and smelling fresh. Plus, it’s a little piece of our Costa Rican culture that I can live with them each day, and that’s super important to our family too.
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