Quick Guide to Removing Stains

Sunny Spring weather means more outdoor time for kids. Great for their well-being, tough on their clothes.

Here’s how to get rid of outside playtime stains on everything your kids wear:

Sarah TadpolesBefore you get started:

– Important: Be sure to check the product label to make sure the fabric can tolerate the treatments and temperatures in these suggestions.

– The dryer will set in most stains, so if stains don’t come out, try washing again before drying.

– Do not use these methods on clothing that requires dry cleaning – take to a professional.

Here are the biggest Springtime stain dilemmas and their treatments:

How to Remove Grass Stains:

This is one of the hardest stains to remove. Pre-treat with a product that contains enzymes. Presoak for half an hour in warm water with a powder detergent that contains enzymes. Wash in the hottest water the material can tolerate. If the clothing is white and the material is okay with bleach, add carefully to the wash cycle per the product directions. Repeat wash process necessary before drying. The dryer will set in these stains.

How to Remove Dirt and Mud Stains: 

Let mud dry and then scrape it off gently with a toothbrush. If you try to wipe off wet mud, the stain can become ground into fabric fibers. Rub a few drops of liquid dish soap onto the stain on both sides of the fabric before putting in the washer on a warm water cycle. If the dirt is already set in, try applying heavy duty hand cleaner to both sides of the fabric and rubbing the stain in a circular motion with a toothbrush. Set for an hour. Wash in warm water on a longer than typical agitation cycle. If the stain hasn’t come out, try a stain remover stick, gel or spray and wash again.

How to Remove Barbeque Sauce, Tomato Sauce, Chocolate Stains:

If you’re there when it happens, scrape off excess sauce and blot with a dry, white napkin or wash cloth. Don’t rub! That will make it worse. When nothing further will lift on the dry cloth, use a wet, white cloth and blot until no more will lift. Run cold water through the back of the stain. Gently rub prewash stain remover, hand soap, dish detergent or liquid laundry detergent into the stain, with a circular motion. If the clothing is white or can tolerate bleach, try applying hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar or lemon juice with a sponge. Machine-wash in warm water with detergent.

How to Remove Fruit Stains:

Blot (don’t scrub) with clean cloth, working from the outside in to remove as much fruit stain as possible and keep from spreading. Soak in very cold water for at least 30 minutes. Apply white vinegar or baking soda to remaining stain, unless it’s cranberry juice, in which case you should use 3% hydrogen peroxide, followed by ammonia unless the clothing is wool or other fabric that will be damaged by these treatments. Soak the stained garment in cold water about 30 minutes. (Using hot water will set the stain.) Lightly apply white vinegar to the remaining stain and let sit for 30 machines. Machine-wash the garment with bleach safe for the fabric.

How to Remove Sidewalk Chalk Stains:

Blot stain with rubbing alcohol, followed by liquid dish soap. Let set for at least 10 minutes. Pop into the washer on a warm water setting.

How to Remove Blood Stains:

If the stain is still wet, apply diluted hydrogen peroxide or a paste made with salt and water. Soak the clothing in cold water as quickly as possible. If the blood stain has dried, try rubbing it with toothpaste, pretreat or soak in warm water and an enzyme detergent. Machine-wash as usual. If the stain remains, try a bleach product that the fabric can tolerate.

Always make sure to check the care label for information about the fabric and fiber and use the water temperature and other directions that are recommended.

If clothing didn’t come with care directions:

Fabrics such as denim, cotton, linen, nylon, acrylic, polyester and spandex are usually washable.
Fabrics such as acetate, rayon, silk, triacetate and wool are usually not washable. Take these fabrics and any special clothing – even if it should be washable – to a dry cleaner for treatment.

 

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All About A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity

What do Motherhood Maternity and A Pea in the Pod have in common?

They fall under the umbrella of Destination Maternity Corporation, the world’s largest designer and retailer of maternity wear.

Snap 2015-03-17 at 04.53.02And it was all started in 1981 by a mom-to-be, who couldn’t find anything to wear.

When Rebecca Matthias saw how hard it was to find maternity wear suitable to wear to work, she emptied her $10,000 savings account to print a catalog with black and white photos of maternity clothes she bought from stores and resold.

She called it “Mother’s Work.”

That catalog wasn’t profitable. But the second one changed the direction of the business – and the industry.

And it all happened because of a single photograph.

Rebecca decided to photograph the maternity inventory she had left over in color. And when she arranged the garments, she decided a jumpsuit would look better with a matching blazer. So she dyed one to match. And that one of a kind item became the most popular order in her next catalog – mandating the need for her to hire a designer and a sewing crew.

Rebecca soon franchised her maternity clothing business, with six stores opening around the country before she borrowed enough money to open her own. Venture capitalists soon came flocking. Her husband developed a software program to keep track of inventory. And the Big Idea became a Big Business.

Eleven years after Rebecca couldn’t find anything to wear, she took her maternity clothing business public. Two years later, sales topped $59 million.

Mothers Work went on to purchase A Pea in the Pod and Motherhood Maternity, with total sales of $106 million before its 15th anniversary.

From its inception as a $3,500 mail-order business, to it’s world wide recognition as a multimillion dollar enterprise with nearly 500 stores, Mother’s Work became Destination Maternity Corporation – with a maternity selection moms could count on.

Maternity Consignment and Maternity Resale

You can see what that looks like right here, at Frog in my Box, where you can find new and gently worn Pea in a Pod and Motherhood Maternity wear at prices that will stretch your budget even further. Check it out!

Spend less and get more at Frog in My Box, the ultimate online kids and maternity resale store, with quality new and recycled kids and maternity clothing at a fraction of retail, shipped straight to your door.  New uploads all the time, with fresh selections for your kids.

St Patricks Day Treasure Hunt – Free Outfits and More!

St Patrick’s Day is March 17, and Frog in my Box is celebrating with a Leprechaun hunt for a FREE OUTFIT.

We’ll be adding more free items every day from now until March 17, so check back often.

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You’ll feel like you’ve found a pot of gold with additional savings, too.

For every $100 you spend by March 17, we’ll give you $15 in Frog Cash good on your next purchase (no minimum purchase required).

Get ready for Spring with a whole new wardrobe for your kids – check out Frog in My Box and see just how much you can buy for so little.

*One free item per customer. If you choose more than one, we’ll choose one for you, and put back the others so the hunt can be fun for more little Leprechauns.  Free shipping for every order over $50.

How to Survive Snow Days | Mom Tips

Wintery weather keeping the kids house-bound?

Here are some tips to keep everyone happy on snow days, starting with a change of clothes:

Kids Consignment Online - Kids in Snow1. Let the kids wear pajamas all day. They feel comfy, you know they’re warm, and they’ll find it easier to cuddle up with activities that don’t require a lot of running around.

2. Put on play clothes and have art activities. Painting, drawing, cutting, pasting – table time fun that’s creative.

3. Put on jackets, hats, gloves and boots and send them outside when the sun comes out. Let them get their fill of snow or mud or whatever’s happening out there.

4. Pop them into the bath when they get back in and put on comfy clothes for settling back in.

5. Check out the social calendar if he roads are clear and get everyone out to a community or school event.

No matter how many times your kids change clothes to keep up with winter weather, you’ll be able to keep down costs when you buy high quality resale clothes from Frog in My Box.

Here’s some quick examples:

Retail                      Frog in My Box

Jammies                      $12                            $4

Long Sleeve Top        $10                            $3.50
Jeans                            $20                           $7

Winter Coat                $40                            $15
Winter Hat                  $9                              $4
Gloves                           $7                              $3

Bath Robe                   $15                              $5

Dressy Outfit              $45                             $15

Don’t let high clothing costs add to your winter woes.  Shop the online kids sale that makes life more fun – at Frog in My Box.

About Penny

Hi, I’m Penny, the owner of Frog in My Box, the online store where moms can find clothes and books at a fraction of retail.

Frog in My Box was launched by everyday life.

My husband and I have a big family with young children, so we’re always looking for cost effective EVERYTHING. We’re also active in our church, and it’s important to us to look for ways to reach out and help others.

We started out following the consignment route, which was somewhat helpful but extremely limiting. When we went to buy things, there were only two sales a year, on specific dates and times.  I tried taking the children along, and tried leaving them home with a sitter. Either way, I ended up standing in a lot of long lines, finding only a fraction of what I was looking for, being disappointed with the quality of many items once I saw them in better light, and ending up being disappointed and exhausted from fighting the crowds and sifting through countless unsorted stacks. When we went to sell things, I was surprised by how much time and effort it took to sort items, cut out tags, write descriptions on tags – and who knew how hard it would be to find wire hangers!

Every time I went through that process I thought about ways to make the basic premise of consignment (recycling quality clothes and books to help bring down prices) easier, more time and cost-effective, and more fun.

My sisters offered to help. (This huge kids sale was an enormous undertaking that I couldn’t have done it without them!) And together we built a regional business that went national, online, with Frog in My Box – so that moms all over the country can have the same great resource.

Frog in My Box does everything we’ve always looked for, in a buying experience:

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  • Availability when moms have time to take a look, after kids are asleep or before they get up!
  • Easy searching of triple checked items
  • Constant fresh selections
  • Shipping straight to your door
  • All-year long clothing supplies (even if you’re looking out of season)
  • Quick and easy recycle selling
  • Support to a local outreach charity
In the same family spirit, the name Frog in My Box was inspired by our kids, who love to catch frogs.

We’re fortunate to live in the countryside, where frogs are plentiful, and with a few rules in place (capture, care, release) for the frogs, all it takes is getting a little dirty to put a big smile on their faces.

We work hard to help share that same joy with everything you can do when you shop (and sell) at Frog in my Box!