So it was a new experience for me when a fellow football mum came up to me as we watched training one morning and asked how I kept small boy's white kit so white. I must add here that I didn't buy him a white England kit - what person in their right mind would? Someone who doesn't do the washing - that's who!
Anyway, the whiter-than-white kit was all down to Dr Beckmann. I've never really bothered with things like Glowhite and Stain Devils, believing that once a stain is there you have to live with it. But I was sent a Stain Devils Survival Kit and some Glowhite to test, so I gave it a go.
The two combined gave me the best results. There are three bottles in the Survival Kit - tackling the likes of pen, pasta sauce and mud and grass. Unsurprisingly I got the chance to try all three. The mud and grass Stain Devil works like a dream - and the one designed to tackle the likes of tomato sauce got pasta sauce out of that lovely white top when I had written it off as hopeless. The pen Stain Devil worked in some instances, but was far more hit and miss.
For white school shirts and that dreaded England kit, the additional washing with a sachet of Glowhite has kept them white - and small boy's white shirts look as good now as they did at the beginning of term - usually I've thrown a couple in the bin by this stage of the game. I can't say it has managed to turn any of my slightly grey whites into whiter-than-white-items, but it's certainly good at keeping new items bright.
The Stain Devil kit costs £3.99 and the Glowhite £1.89, and just for saving a couple of school shirts not to mention that footie kit - they've earned their place in the kitchen cupboard.