#ACEforSchool - school adventures without laundry worries

As a kid I loved school. It's something I want for both my children - afterall, children spend an awful lot of time in school and I want them to enjoy it rather than dread it!

Our own school adventures start early in the morning - I avoid the school run getting mundane and miserable by letting the kids have fun as we go. It's only one long road to walk down and I leave plenty of time so that the kids can walk on walls, stop to marvel at the spider webs and their inhabitants, say hello to the cats and play we're going on a bear hunt.

We're usually some of the first to arrive in the playground, Lily and Ollie both off and running whilst I stand in the corner with a few other Mums, often talking about how cold it is or having a bit of a gossip.

Then Lily is on the go all the time.

She enjoys all that school offers: the school run, learning, playtime, PE and lunch and I love it when she comes running out of class at the end of the day, full of her adventures and stories.

"We wrote letters from space today!"

"I played football!"

"We did some painting!"

And her grubby face, messy hair and crumpled school uniform tell her stories without needing words. On the collar are the spotted remnants of her school lunch, there are pen marks on the sleeve of her jumper, a splodge of yellow paint on her skirt and grass stains on her socks.

A clean uniform doesn't stay that way for long and if I'm honest, I don't expect it to - each little mark or stain at the end of the day is testament to the fun she's had and the new things she has learnt.

At home I have less of a 'laundry pile' and more of a laundry mountain. I revel in hot summer days when I can leave my washing outside to dry, bringing it in fresh from the garden after just a few hours. Even so, getting through all the washing is task I have failed before I even start and I'm always on the lookout for ways I can make it easier.

Having a clean uniform for Lily always takes priority when it comes to the washing. She can't wear anything else to school if her uniform isn't clean and dried and school uniform doesn't come cheap. The washing machine is nearly always running in our home and so as well as being organised with it all, I need to find products that do what they say they're going to do, keep stains at bay and keep colours bright.

I've been disappointed in the past with some of the big household brands. The products are often expensive and over time I still find that my whites are looking grey, the colours drab and faded. I resent paying nearly £5 for a bottle of in wash stain removal if it isn't going to fulfil it's promises!

So it was with a tiny bit of trepidation that I signed up for the #ACEforSchool challenge with BritMums.

I needn't have worried!

- ACE keeps garments bright, robust and clean meaning clothes last for longer
- Keeps those colours bright and fresh with ACE for Colours
- Tackles germs, grease and stubborn stains with ACE Stain Remover

A short bit of research before the product arrived showed that the ACE for Colours gentle stain remover was over half the price of the brand that I usually resent buying! In fact, it was only 20p more than the supermarket own brand and I felt like this was a promising start.

According to the product description, the 'gentle bleach' stain remover:
- Removes stains
- Cleans hygienically
- Eliminates odours
- Can be used on colours, whites and delicates
- Is tough on stains, gentle on clothes

Using ACE in your wash is easy - you just add a cap full to the drum before washing alongside your usual detergent, so far so good, even I can manage that after a long night!

I popped some in with my usual colour wash and was impressed with the results. However, I wanted to ensure that I reviewed both the ACE stain removal and the ACE Multi-Purpose Spray fully and so it was lucky that Lily had football after school on Friday and first thing on Saturday - I didn't need to search far for those real tricky stains!

Lily's socks were the worst affected. There was a pink stain on them and I have no idea where it came from! The stain was unchanged for the last two washes so I wasn't expecting anything miraculous but I was at least hoping for the mud marks to disappear. I sprayed these with the Multi-Purpose Spray and left it to soak in a little whilst I sorted out the rest of the wash.

The rest of Lily's bright white Crystal Palace FC kit went in the wash alongside a grubby white bath towel, some socks, a white bed sheet and her school polo shirts (some of which had some greasy food stains on the collar). I put it on my usual cycle, at my usual temperature and added the ACE as directed on the bottle.

And wow!

After just one wash nearly everything came out sparkling. Just one sock still had the tiniest amount of the mysterious pink substance on them and were a little grubby on the sole, the rest of the wash was perfect.

Clean shirt, clean shorts and clean enough socks! That scores highly from me. The rest of the washing was bright and had a wonderfully fresh smell. When I hung the washing on the airer you could smell the detergent throughout the house and it was really pleasant, not sickly or overpowering. It's nice when things smell really clean isn't it? Maybe that's just me!

Without a doubt, I have no hesitation in recommending ACE for helping to keep school uniforms in great condition, ready for each new adventure without the added worry for Mums!

This post is an entry for the BritMums #ACEforSchool Challenge, sponsored by ACE. Get help for all kinds of stains with the ACE Stain Helper. http://www.acecleanuk.co.uk/ or to buy head to your local Tesco’s, Morrison’s, Waitrose or Sainsbury’s.
kateonthinice said...

What a beautiful smile. Really good to hear how you got on - commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

Our Cherry Tree said...

Thank you! x

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