BBQ with a Posse? Hell Yes.

This evening, traffic, children, and weather permitting, I’ll be at the Ann Aguirre BBQ-a-Thon Gathering aka “Someone has a hella layover and decided to turn it into a PARTAY.” There’s going to be bbq, a lot of napkins because holy crap is that messy food, and a few rounds of my favorite game, “Wait, are you Maria or Marisa?” with the Romance Novel TV twins. Perhaps there will be pictures.

There is no doubt, however, there will be a stain on my pants from dripping sauce. It’s a given. And if it’s not on my pants, it’ll be on my shirt. I’m a lightning rod for indelible stains.

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    In anticipation of your upcoming trouser problem… Oxyclean stain remover claims to get out bbq. And it got out old, set-in, washed-and-dried-a-dozen-times grease stains on my husband’s shirts.

    Hubby and I have been having this discussion for a year, so it’s a big relief. “The cleaner never gets them out, can’t you try before I take them to the cleaner?”
    “Damn it, I have made clear to you that I know NOTHING about laundry. I know the exact same amount about grease stains as YOU do, so why don’t YOU try to get them out.”
    “Did you try Shout?”
    “No, I tried smearing poop on it. What do you think?”

    Anyhoo, definitely try Oxyclean.

    And have a GREAT TIME!!!

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    SB Sarah says:

    You have poop in your laundry area too? We are like poop soul mates or something.

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    Yes, this is my only method of sorting laundry anymore. I used to sort by color: lights, darks and reds. Further broken down into child and adult loads. But now it is much simpler. Poop and no poop. I am a new woman.

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    SB Sarah says:

    We have a three-sort method: poop, no poop, indelible stain that’s most likely formula.

    Formula never comes out. Ever.

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    mearias says:

    Try some vinegar or lemon, that worked fairly well when my daughter was a baby.  Soak it for a while then wash as normal.  I’ll at the BBQ too, I’m practicing my table manners at lunch; it’s been a while since I’ve had dinner without the kiddies.

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    MaryKate says:

    Have y’all ever heard of the Queen of Clean? My mother, who is hell on stains, swears by her. She has some sort of household secret to get everything you could ever think of out. I swear to God, my mom squealed when I bought her the book for Christmas a couple of years ago.

    Yeah, Mom should maybe get out more.

    Anyway, the Queen can be found here.

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    Melissa says:

    In anticipation of your upcoming trouser problem… Oxyclean stain remover claims to get out bbq. And it got out old, set-in, washed-and-dried-a-dozen-times grease stains on my husband’s shirts.

    Does this work on colored items, or just whites?  I have a red shirt and a pink shirt with old stains on them that I’d love to get clean, but not if it’ll take the dye along with the stains.

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    Lorelie says:

    lights, darks and reds.

    Only red?  No blue?  Green?  Yellow?  Fuschia?

     

    Melissa, Oxyclean doesn’t touch the color.  I’ve had mixed success on stains but it has never affected the actual color of my clothes.

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    Maria Lokken says:

    Yo Sarah!

    Be afraid, be very afraid – we’re coming… and we’ve got a camera!

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    SB Sarah says:

    Thanks for the warning. I’ll wear lipstick.

    And Oxy is marvelous. If a stain is particularly awful, I put a paste of Oxy on it, then let it sit. I once got something sticky on a shirt I loved and washed it over and over – but it wouldn’t come out. Oxy paste took care of it after I let the paste sit on there a day or two.

    And for grease stains, the only thing I’ve found that works is to spray the grease stain with WD-40, then let that sit. Then cover the WD-40 splotches with detergent or oxy, and wash. This worked on a tshirt that had already been through the dryer twice. Grease stains are gone gone gone.

    Smart Bitches: we’re more than just romance. We’re laundry.

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    Sandra D says:

    Liquid dish soap is also pretty good for grease stains if you get to them before the dryer, also nice and gentle for baby clothes.

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    amy lane says:

    Well you enjoy the party dear—and I’m so bad at dripping shit on my clothes that a co-worker once made $20 off a new guy, betting that I’d spill something by the end of lunch.  Definitely a sucker bet:-)

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    katiebabs says:

    That is why I am wearing a black skirt to the BBQ margarita fest! :D

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    ev says:

    I think as we get older we are reverting back to babyhood- hubby needs a bib. I always carry a Tide Stain Stick with me.

    Don’t forget to treat the backside of whatever you drip on. It helps.

    We sort laundry by color of animal hair on it.

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    Madd says:

    Am I the only one who first read that as BBQ-a-Thong?

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    ev says:

    Am I the only one who first read that as BBQ-a-Thong?

    Depends on the number of Margahritas.

    spamword- recent69. Not going there.

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    Suze says:

    Just because I’m a TKO Orange evanglist, I have to add to an old thread.  This is a bright orange, very orange-smelling liquid that you (well, I) can find in health food stores and grocery stores with natural sections.  It doesn’t take out everything, but I have yet to meet a grease stain it can’t tackle.  Just dose the spot with the TKO Orange, and throw the thing into the washer.

    I once squeezed an economy-sized bottle of Kraft Greek with Feta & Olive dressing, not realizing that the reason the liquid was not flowing was because of the little piece of olive blocking the little low-flow hole.  Squeeze, squeeze, KABLOOEY!  oily dressing all over the kitchen and my brand-new t-shirt and everything.

    Got all the marks out of the shirt the first try.

    I also have a new-found and deep love for Magic Erasers (for non-laundry-related cleaning, of course).

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