Tackling Tough Dirt

1 Oct

There is a heavy-metal song that opens with the phrase “My dirthouse.” This song was written for all the farm wives out there. Just kidding. It’s probably about drug abuse or something uplifting like that.

However, sometimes I feel like this is “my dirthouse.” It’s just inevitable. My husband has a dirty job. He works incredibly hard and usually comes home covered in a mixture of dirt, grease and plant particulates. Case in point. His jeans.

Tough Dirt III | The Farm Paparazzi

We get our money’s worth out of our Levi’s, and I’ve found a laundry secret for cleaning them up. It’s a real one-two punch that gives grease and grime the ol’ heave ho. Okay. I’ll stop talking like that now. Sorry.

Tough Dirt I | The Farm Paparazzi

First, I spray them with Shout and let them soak for a few minutes while the washer fills up. I put in my regular detergent (I really like Tide Pods because there’s no mess and measuring) then a scoop of Oxy Clean and let the washer fill and the detergents dissolve.

Tough Dirt II | The Farm Paparazzi

Then, when the wash cycle starts, I throw in the jeans and they come out looking considerably better than before. This treatment works really well on any clothes with tough stains. I use Shout to get kitchen grease out of my shirts, too. Someone should really introduce me to an apron.

Tough Dirt IV | The Farm Paparazzi

This isn’t an advertisement for any of these products. I just use ’em and they work, man.

What laundry tricks do you have up your sleeve?

God Bless You & American Agriculture,


What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus! What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Oh! Precious is the flow that makes me white as snow! No other fount I know. Nothing but the blood of Jesus! (From the Hymn “What Can Wash Away My Sin”)

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