Post # 1
Three days this week- my son has come home with white board marker on his clothes.
Do I sound like an idiot complaining about it? Probably.
Two days, it was him marking himself by accident. Today, it was a friend at school who wasn’t paying attention and waving the marker around, only to hit my kid’s pants.
I know kids are going to get dirty. I don’t flip out at grass stains– and by choice, my son is very careful eater.
I’m just frustrated because Expo markers are like the ONE thing that’s virtually impossible to get out of many fabrics. I take pride in my son looking nice, and having clothes without stains on them.
Being today was the third day this week, it just sort of set me over the top!
I don’t need anyone to tell me I am stupid, or “of course kids are going to get dirty”- I’m not a Nazi parent, nor do I inhibit him from having fun so his clothes are perfect…..it’s just THREE DAYS IN A ROW OF EXPO.
Thank you for understanding 🙂
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Post # 2
Hey, we all have little things that make us want to pound our heads against the wall and scream, nothing wrong with that. Those markers are a pain in the rear end. Have you tried looking on pinterest for a magical solution? I’ve found a few good ones on there.
Post # 3
Maybe send him to school with a bunch of washable dry erase markers as a “gift” to the teacher/classroom? Do those exist?
Post # 4
MrsEME: As a teacher who uses expo markers, I feel your pain! I actually had a student accidentally draw on his white shirt with one right before his school pictures were taken – his mom was probably not too happy but hopefully they will photoshop it out! LOL
Post # 5
MrsEME: Hey, I worked at an elementary school all throughout college, and got a LOT of expo marker on my clothes from either kids or me just being clumsy. I just used a little Spot Shot Instant Carpet Cleaner, and the sucker came right now. Make sure to test a small section of the clothing before using a lot of it just to make sure the dyes of the fabric don’t fade. I’ve yet to come across a fabric it doesn’t get it out of though.
As for your kid getting marker on him – well, hopefully the stain remover will work as well for you as it has for me and this won’t be a PITA for you anymore.
Post # 6
tksjewelry: I have done some research and found that rubbing alcohol partially got the stain out. My husband is out getting Shout Gel right now- since that’s what Expo’s website reccomends!! I’m trying my hardest LOL!
JenGirl: I don’t know- that’s a really good question. I feel like maybe they don’t, since I feel like I would have looked for the washable ones when I purchased the ones we sent to school…..I do for regualr markers– but now you’ve got me on a mission to find out! I don’t know I could replace the entire classroom supply- there are 26 or 27 kids in his class and they were supposed to each bring a pack….but I’d be more than happy to pick up a bunch and explain why, and hope at least my son gets to use those- along with whoever else there is enough for!!
Post # 7
weatherbug: Oh- that’s sort of funny!! That would be a good laugh/memory school pic. This year, my son had a front tooth that was sooooooo crooked from being loose– but he couldn’t manage to get it out before picture day. At first I was bummed, but then I realized it’s going to make a great keepsake. That tooth is out now!
Lydia2013: Thanks for the tip!! My husband is out grabbing Shout Gel (Expo website rec)– but it that doesn’t work, I will make sure not to put the clothes in the dryer and get the Spot Shot– thank you so much for sharing!!
Post # 8
You’re welcome! I hope the Shout Gel works, if expo says it works, I bet it will… right? lol. Good Luck!
Post # 9
MrsEME: Ugh that’s obnoxious. I feel you on the stains though. Whenever my husband feeds our daughter she gets the food all over, I mean what do you expect from a 10 month old. But he has this really bad habit of taking the onesie off but not putting anything on it, or washing it out at least, so the stain sits there for 7-8 hours before I see it (when I get home) and by then it is so hard to get it out of her clothes. And she loves eating carrots so it stains like crazy.
Post # 10
pinkcorsage: I was very meticulous with stains in his infant clothes– if it was warm enough, I’d take him out of clothes to eat and just leave him in a diaper. But even an an infact, my kiddo was a very particular eater…..so he wasn’t the kid that was all excited for food and went crazy. We have a baby on the way…..so we’re doing it all over again!
You could always buy a pack of oversized undershirts- toddler size– cheapies, like Hanes, and have your husband throw one of those over her for eating. Make sure they’re big enough that they cover her top plus most of her lap– and then designate those as eating clothes. It’s nice because you don’t have to change her all the way- just throw a “smock” over her!!
Post # 11
MrsEME: I’m like you, I take her onesie off if it’s warm enough. Or I put a big blanket on her and tie in the back (she hates bibs and refuses to eat if she has a bib on, the blankets throw her off). But it’s like my husband thinks nothings wrong, babies are supposed to wear stained clothes…I swear that man is so good at everything else, but clothes, it’s like no big deal to him.