How to Clean Clay, Dirt, Grass, etc out of Softball / Baseball pants.. White or Color!

How to Clean Clay, Dirt, Grass, etc out of Softball / Baseball pants.. White or Color!

The hardest thing to clean is the clay in uniforms. Here’s My Tips. 

• NEVER use HOT or Warm water or put in the dryer. Cold water wash only. Hang to dry. No Fabric Softeners / Sheets. 

STEP 1•After the game, throw that uniform in the washer to get out the Easy Stuff. The longer it sets, the harder to come clean. Cold water wash only! Use your regular detergent. No Bleach. No Fabric Softener. (Personally, I favor Gain original.) When finished, give the inspection. Now for the soaks. 

STEP 2 WHITE •If the pants are WHITE. I use a product called “Iron Out”. I get it at Walmart in the toilet cleaner section. Yes, it is safe for fabric. But… *WARNING! It is in powder form and until it is constituted, it can be Toxic to inhale. 

With that said, I LOVE this product. It whitens the white by removing the particles not by bleaching it. So if you have a Blue Nike check, it will stay Blue. 

To use. I have two small buckets to soak sports clothes in. I grab a bucket, cover just the bottom in warm weather. I know I said not to use warm or hot but this is just to dissolve the product. I eyeball measure about 1/4 cup.. Careful not to inhale the powder. Dump in, I use an old toothbrush to mix until dissolved. Then add enough Cold water that will cover the pants, mix well. Once well mixed in, it is not toxic to your hands. Add the pants. Allow to sit overnight. 

STEP 3 COLD WASH •I dump the entire thing in the washer, alone, the next day and do another cold wash just like the first step. 

STEP 4 •Inspect again. Are they clean? If not, repeat Steps 2 and 3. If clean, go to Step 5. 

STEP 5 •Hang to Dry. Admire your Clean Pants!

EXTRA TIP for WHITE *Really bad stains on WHITE, I rub in Dawn original then spray on hydrogen peroxide and rub it in good. Can use as a PreSoak. But you gotta use Elbow Grease on this one. 

STEP 2 COLOR•If the pants are of COLOR. I have recently found Krud Kutter. It is fabric safe and color safe. Trust me, I put it to the tests first. I sprayed it all over an old blue shirt. No fading! But… Always try in an inconspicuous spot like the inside hem before using to ensure your color and fabric will endure. (For OCMS Lady Eagles Softball’s gray pants, I’ve already tested them. No fading.)

Krud Kutter comes in many forms and for many different uses. The one I found is at Walmart in the aisle next to the spray paint. With the outdoor cleaning products like window washing. It comes in a gallon and is concentrated. 

Walmart sells these heavy duty sprayers. I added 3 ounces of Krud Kutter to 25 ounces of cool water. That formula is based on 11/2cups KK to 1 gallon water. 

To use. After STEP 1, spray and rub in areas of concern. That’s it. Allow to soak. 

STEP 3 COLD WASH •I dump the entire thing in the washer, alone, the next day and do another cold wash just like the first step. 

STEP 4 •Inspect again. Are they clean? If not, repeat Steps 2 and 3. If clean, go to Step 5. 

STEP 5 •Hang to Dry. Admire your Clean Pants!

And that’s how to get Softball / Baseball pants Clean. Enjoy! Go Eagles!!


Dear Daughter’s Vitamins 

Being a Teenager is Hard Work. Their Hormones are Raging, Have Mood Swings, High Energy then it Depletes, and Middle School can be Mind Challenging! 
I have had several ask me how Sidney plays Softball and Basketball Daily. My answer is Organization!! (Which we are Still trying to Master.) But also to Keep Her Healthy with lots of Fresh Foods, Water and Supplements. So, These are the vitamins that she takes every morning and why. 
Vitamin A 8000IU (Retinol) – Acne, And those Pimple Arm Bumps, Preventing Wrinkles, Dry Skin and Vision. Vit A is Required for Night Vision, also it’s what’s in carrots.🐰 *Warning- This vitamin is not water soluble. Only take one a day. Fat soluble vitamins like this can be toxic if overdosed. 
Vitamin C 500mg chewable – (Ascorbic Acid) Illness Prevention, Studies showing interfere with development of Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease.❤️ Acne, Promotes Wound Healing, and Dry Skin. 
Vitamin B1 250mg – (Thiamine) Energy, Kidneys, Nervous System Aids in Walking & Heart, Natural Mosquito Repellent (Studies show it produces a skin odor that’s not noticeable to humans but bugs hate it.)

Vitamin B6 100mg- (Pyridoxine) Energy, Helps with Females’ PMS, Pimple Prevention, Dermatitis, Anemia or Low Red Blood Cell Count that causes Extreme Fatigue, Nervous System Aids in Feet & Legs. 
Vitamin B9 400mcg (Folic Acid) – Birth Defects Prevention Recommend Daily for All Females at Child Bearing Ages, Energy for the Mind & Brain, Releases Serotonin for Good Mood, Memory & Mental Agility, Natural Anti-Depressant, and Cervical Cancer Prevention. 
Vitamin B12 1000mcg (Cobalamin) – Increases Energy Levels, and Natural Anti-Depressant. 
Vitamin E 200IU (Tocopherols) – Natural Antioxidant (Closest thing to Fountain of Youth), Studies are showing Prevention & Treatment of Cancer & Macular Degeneration (Blindness), Anemia that causes Fatigue, and Mouth Cold Sores. *Warning- This vitamin is not water soluble. Only take one a day. Fat soluble vitamins like this can be toxic if overdosed. 
I have started her on the above vitamins one at a time to ensure there are no side effects. Take about a week before adding another vitamin. 
We Started with Vitamin B9. 
Then Vitamin C. 

(Please note Vit C will clean the gut of impurities so there may be a few loose stools at first. Don’t start another new vitamin until stools resume normal.)
Then add Vitamin E.
Then Vitamin A. 
Then start Vitamin B12, then B6 and B1. 
We have yet to try to start her on these two. I will add Vit D3 then Zinc last. Be Aware Zinc has lots of Side Effects and may not want to add to your regime. Side effects include but not limited to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, metal taste, and abdominal cramps. 
Vitamin D3 (Ergocalciferol) – Strengthen Bones to Prevent Fractures, Studies show Cancer Prevention, and Psoriasis. *Warning- This vitamin is not water soluble. Only take one a day. Fat soluble vitamins like this can be toxic if overdosed. 
Zinc – Immune Boosting, Powerful Antioxidant, Cancer Prevention, Hormone Levels, Stress, Aging, Improve Physical Performance & Strength, Energy Levels, Reproductive Health & Fertility, Heart Health, Prevent Diabetes, Prevent Alzheimer’s, Improve Sleep & Cognition, Elevate Mood & Avoid Depression,Those Pimple Arm Bumps, Promotes Wound Healing, Dandruff, and Acne. 
May want to pass on Zinc supplement and get it in foods. 
Zinc foods- Oysters, Lamb, Wheat Germ, Pumpkin Seeds, Cashews, Brown Beans, and Cabbage. 
Other Popular Supplements…
Magnesium, Calcium, Iron and Muscles… all go together. Professional Athletes add these to their daily plans for those Buff Bods. But a WARNING must be given. Remember, The Heart is also a muscle. An enlarged heart is why many athletes kill over Dead. So, Do NOT take

Magnesium, Calcium, and Iron without talking to your Doctor first. 
I have excluded Vitamins B2 and B3. There are side effects that have to be monitored closely. So it is far better to get these from foods.  
B2 foods- Cheese, Nuts, Steak, Eggs, and Spinach. 

B3 foods- Fish, Chicken, Turkey, Mushrooms and Green Peas. 
And there it is! My plan for the Teenager. FYI.. It’s the Same Plan for Male of Female, Teenager or Adult. (I take them too!) But Elementary Age Children can take Chewable Flintstones with Vitamin C, (my favorite). There are Sufficient for their Growing Bodies. Enjoy!

The Happy Vitamin 

Vitamin B6

It’s not the vitamin we hear a lot about. So is it really all that important? B6 is one of eight “B” vitamins. The B vitamins generally keep our bodies running like well oiled machines. They convert our food into fuel giving our bodies the energy it craves. But each “B” performs uniquely. This is about B6. 

Vitamin B6, also known as pyridoxine, is a water soluble vitamin. That means it will dissolve in water. Now when we talk vitamins that is important to know. Why? Because your body cannot store extra water soluble vitamins. They will flush away in the kidneys. That means it is difficult to overdose on them, not impossible, but difficult. The body will flush away the extra. 
Ever heard the expression, “You’re just flushing those vitamins down the toilet.” That’s why. Anything extra your body does not need goes to the kidneys. But, Hello! Isn’t that the Beautiful thing about it? So take your vitamins. 🙂

Vitamin B6 has special areas to give energy to. 

Neurotransmitters-nerve fibers that carry your “brain’s command” from one cell to another

Serotonin-that little neurotransmitter that helps you control pain, sleep, mood, and Happiness 😊 So, yes, B6 makes you Happy. There you have it. But it does So Much More!

Norepinephrine- is the neurotransmitter that can be secreted like a hormone in response to stress. You’ve heard the “Flight or Fight” response. This guy. In doing this, it is trying to regulate your heart. Yes, you’ve got it. This one also helps avoid heart attacks. ❤️
Myelin Formation-The myelin is a fatty substance that covers our long nerve cells that are like wires through out our body. This fatty substance must be constantly replaced and repaired by the body in which the B6 helps with.
If there is an area along the nerve cell that the myelin has not been formed ( the fatty substance) then the signal the brain is sending is delayed. Do you know where this would cause concerns? Well, a hand on a hot stove for one example. Can’t get that response to move quick enough this person will get burned.  
How about Diabetic Neuropathy? Yes. Diabetes is not a life sentence for everyone. With lifestyle changes, for some diabetes can be cured. But what about Multiple Sclerosis? Yes. This is also a case of depleting myelin formation. Of course MS is severe.
Yeah pretty important things there, huh? But B6 keeps going. 
It is essential in protein metabolism. You know when the body breaks protein down into amino acids. Surely you know how important these are. They are 20 and to explain them will have to be for another day. But I will tell you problems with amino acids give you problems with your weight (weight loss or gain), hair, skin, sleep, mood, sexual, heart, muscles, joints, and menses. So eat your Proteins with B6!

Glucose Metabolism- Helps the Body turn any Sugars Consumed into Energy
Making of Hemoglobin- Its the part of the Red Blood Cells (blood) that carries oxygen (“air”) from the lungs to the rest of the body. Without oxygen the rest of the body would die. 
And now the Biggies!
Brain Function!
If you haven’t already figured it out by helping neurotransmitters, B6 is also said to actually Boost Brain Performance including Memory. Yeah with Solid Studies on that one. 

Save the Best for Last. 
Vitamin B6 is can Cure Pregnancy Morning Sickness!

Sure wish I knew that one many years ago. 

So talk to your Doc about taking Vitamin B6 or just grab it in these foods. Sunflower seeds, pistachio nuts, tuna steaks ( not canned tuna), turkey, chicken, pork chops, prunes, filet steak, ribeye, bananas, avocados, and cooked spinach. Remember! B6 makes you Happy! Enjoy!!