Back to School with a clean shirt – Vanish Power Gel review

James went back to school today. “But James is only three!”, I hear you cry. Yes, indeed, and only just three years old, but nevertheless he’s been going to “school” for a while. His preschool is terrific, the teachers are really friendly, and he’s really enjoyed being there for the past year.

At the end of last term he had a bit of a wobble and started to cry when I dropped him off, but that little blip was no doubt due to our having holidays and he got out of the habit of going. James actually didn’t cry when I dropped him off on his last day of term – typical!

This morning when I dropped him off, he ran inside, shrugged his coat off, and went straight over to play with toys. He’d assured me in the car on the way there that he’d cry when I said goodbye. Huh! Not one little tear went anywhere near his eyes! I was forgotten the instant he saw the toys.

He wears a uniform at preschool, something that is optional, but I’m pleased about because he doesn’t come home very clean very often! Actually today he came home with green paint in his ear and I do not know what over his jeans.

Here’s a picture of his polo shirt before he went to school:

yellow polo shirt schoolYou will spot a few stains already on there, because although it’s the first day of term, I was very lazy (or hopeful?) and didn’t buy him new uniform for this term yet. We were sent a few Vanish products to test, and I thought what better to try them on but a piece of clothing that’s very regularly put through its paces.
yellow polo shirt school stains paintHe was absolutely shattered after school, so he got a bit of time to play with his new Duplo, then tea, and while he was in the bath I used the Vanish Power-Gel squeeze stick on the worst of the mess. Half of parenting is avoiding clothes stains! The other half? I’m not sure – maybe giving them the opportunity to have fun enough to dirty the clothes?!

baby washing machine vanish giveaway babyfoote I usually use the 30-degree quick wash on our clothes, and I thought to give the Vanish a ‘fair’ test, I should do as I normally do. Noah kept an eye on the clothes in the machine. He does a funny little bounce while the spin cycle starts, which I tried to video but failed.

Here’s a photo of his tshirt after the wash. Lovely.

What’s the biggest mess you’ve ever had to clean up?

Disclaimer: I was sent Vanish products in compensation for this post. Words, opinions, and clean clothes are mine.



  1. September 4, 2015 / 12:35 am

    Oh there’s been plenty with two dogs in the house as well as my son, too hideous to mention.

  2. September 4, 2015 / 1:23 am

    My ‘better’ half decided to make an iced chocolate milkshake in the blender – so messing up the kitchen – then carrying it into the living room it was so cold the glass exploded. It was absolutely everywhere and, to add insult to injury, he dropped the glass of coke he was also carrying in shock…

    • September 4, 2015 / 7:58 am

      Oh that sounds horrendous! I’ll bet that took some cleaning up 🙁

  3. ashleigh allan
    September 4, 2015 / 7:02 am

    when my daughter was a toddler and emptied a bottle of suncream everywhere!

  4. September 4, 2015 / 9:46 am

    This is a really horrible one so I will apologise in advance…my cat Billie had cat flu and had sick and poo at same time. He seemed to cover the whole house before I could scoop him into his carrier to take him to the vet!suffice to say he recovered but the cleaning involved was worst than anything I had ever seen.. A wee mini exorcist scene out of such a small cat!

    • September 4, 2015 / 10:12 am

      Oh my goodness! Well, I did ask! Good to know Billie got better!

  5. Liam Bishop
    September 4, 2015 / 9:52 am

    Definitely a toddler without a nappy running around with ‘tummy trouble’ before they could be stopped. Not pleasant!

  6. jochrisbryan
    September 4, 2015 / 9:55 am

    I am a carer for my Grandma and the biggest mess you do not want to know about, I will say one of my twins did decide to empty his nappy and decorate every bar of his cot, wall that he could reach and his sister looked in shock when I went in, she just stood transfixed. How I felt and then had to start a long cleanup.

    • September 4, 2015 / 10:11 am

      Wow – that sounds super stinky 🙁 and not very easy to clean up. No wonder she was transfixed!

  7. Alix Smith
    September 4, 2015 / 10:02 am

    This was a long time ago but is something i’ll never forget! when I moved into my first student house in Guildford the place was in a right state. In particular the kitchen floor was black & sticky (it was supposed to be white) – my friend & I spent a whole day scrubbing that floor. Disgusting!!

    • September 4, 2015 / 10:13 am

      Ha, I had a similar experience when I was a student with a hair carpet in a flat mate’s room. Blurgh!

  8. Martina Pichova
    September 4, 2015 / 10:16 am

    Sudocream all over the sitting room – thanks to my baby.

    • September 4, 2015 / 10:17 am

      I’ve seen photos of that kind of mess – horrific. I don’t even know how you’d go about cleaning that up!

  9. September 4, 2015 / 10:26 am

    Cleaning some very dirty clothes after a hard day in the garage tidying up 🙂

  10. traceypeach
    September 4, 2015 / 9:32 am

    Spilt Ribena it was a nightmare!

  11. aaron broad
    September 4, 2015 / 11:24 am

    Cleaning my room is the worst thing I have had to do and it still isn’t finished 🙁

  12. Tina Holmes
    September 4, 2015 / 11:50 am

    My son plastered UV neon paint all over the bathroom and himself the once.

    • September 4, 2015 / 12:08 pm

      That sounds really rather groovy! Messy, but a bit discotheque?!

  13. kayleigh Bates
    September 4, 2015 / 1:50 pm

    We’ve had some pretty big ones this summer, paint and ice cream covered kids have been a regular occurance

  14. September 4, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    My son was painting in the kitchen and decided to paint the walls and cupboards whilst I was putting the washing out

  15. laura banks
    September 4, 2015 / 6:26 pm

    when my son when he was little he put a clean nappy in wth my washing it was so hard getting the fluff off and cleaning the washing machine

  16. clair downham
    September 4, 2015 / 6:31 pm

    there has been a lot but probably dog diarorhea

    September 4, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    removes all stains forever

  18. September 4, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    The biggest mess has to be when we had half the house replastered – the plaster dust got into everything and took forever to finish settlng.

  19. September 4, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    Fantastic results! The biggest mess I’ve had to clean up is last night when my middle child decided to tip a box of rice crispies ALL OVER!

    • September 4, 2015 / 9:19 pm

      Oops, more than a snap to clean up?!

  20. Kay Panayi
    September 4, 2015 / 10:29 pm

    My daughter decided the the carpet needed a humous make over last week

  21. Leah Wheatley
    September 5, 2015 / 10:01 am

    Red wine all over my mates cream couch xxxx

    • September 5, 2015 / 10:47 am

      I’ll bet you were popular!

  22. September 5, 2015 / 12:14 pm

    A family of foxes decided to find out what was in our wheelie bin. They knocked it over and pulled all the bags apart. The contents included some very stinky food waste, and some even stinkier dirty nappies. Not a pleasant cleanup job.

  23. September 5, 2015 / 12:37 pm

    When my son got hold of a black marker pen & drew all over our headboard & bedside table!

  24. Paula Readings
    September 5, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    I dropped a bottle of cooking oil in the kitchen once, that was a horrendous clean up.

  25. Tracy
    September 5, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    Hmm well I’ve had several big messes to clear and they all involve poop…. so I think I’ll leave it there! 😉

  26. Laura Nice
    September 5, 2015 / 6:28 pm

    Toddler covered in Sudocream! Aghhhh

    • September 5, 2015 / 7:02 pm

      This is a horror I hope never to encounter!

  27. September 5, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    My girl never made really dreadful messes unless I have very selective memory. But my dog? Well. You know what puppies are like. And he did go through a dreadful chewy phase, the telephone extension thingy, the bathroom carpet, the spare room door frame. So bits of shredded stuff everywhere. So very glad he grew out of that. He was getting expensive!

    • September 5, 2015 / 10:01 pm

      I do know what puppies are like! Awful! They make a mess and a half!

  28. Natalie Crossan
    September 5, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    My daughters 1st birthday x

  29. gemma clark
    September 5, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    Oh goodness, when my daughter was a toddler, hubby worked night shifts. He was looking after her whilst I was at work and he was so tired he dozed off….she managed to undo some nail varnish and COVERED herself and the carpet in it!! It was red too haha! I was furious with him!

  30. Adeline
    September 6, 2015 / 7:49 am

    When my daughter spilled her paints all over my washing!

  31. Claire fawkner
    September 6, 2015 / 9:15 pm

    Face paints everywhere upstairs, carpets , walls, bathrooms the works!

  32. Sarah S
    September 6, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    Hair dye on a bright white carpet!

  33. Ema J Lowe
    September 7, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    Our daughter was once happily playing in her bedroom, or so we thought. She was in the bathroom with the talc and baby oil. the black carpet was a white colour! Her hair was lovely and wet with baby oil.

  34. Gwyn Sharps
    September 7, 2015 / 3:26 pm

    The worst stain ever was a whole tub of butter on a cream carpet…

  35. Laura Walker
    September 7, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    We have yet to reach toddler stage so far it’s ahem leaky nappies!

  36. melanie stirling
    September 7, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    My son was once sick over the side of his bunkbed,the trouble was his lttle brother was sleeping on the bottom bunk and it went over his head,poor thing!

  37. claire griffiths
    September 7, 2015 / 10:50 pm

    the biggest mess was my son when he emptied my make up bag everywhere opened the nail varnish and tipped it all over the carpet

  38. Tracy Gladman
    September 8, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    The biggest mess was when my daughter decided to trash her room and threw everything onto the landing, she was 2 so I had to pick it all up and put it back.

  39. Gill Mitchell
    September 9, 2015 / 9:58 pm

    When my son fell and cut his lip at school, it made a lovely mess of his white polo shirt and of course my t shirt too!!

  40. iain maciver
    September 11, 2015 / 12:24 pm

    red wine

    September 12, 2015 / 9:44 pm

    definitely got to be vomit my daughter was very ill she was vomiting every day for 5 days! oh my gosh it was horrendous!

  42. kimberley ryan
    September 12, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    my twin boys got hold of a full tub of sudocrem. it was on the carpets, all over the both of them, on the sofa. it took forever to clean up

  43. deepeabee
    September 12, 2015 / 9:16 pm

    Ooh I’ve had a good laugh reading these and was reminded of a time when I shook a ketchup bottle and the top wasn’t on properly!!

    • September 12, 2015 / 9:17 pm

      There are some brilliantly awful messes, aren’t there! So glad I didn’t have to clean up most of them!

  44. Michelle Stokes
    September 13, 2015 / 11:51 am

    The biggest mess I’ve had to clear up was after my husband he used an orbital sander on plaster joints in our bedroom – he didn’t shut any doors in the house (including the room he was working in!), consequently the whole house was covered in white dust. I discovered the mess when I came in from work, I walked up the hallway to the kitchen leaving a trail of my footprints in the dust that covered the entire ground floor which is tiled!

    • September 13, 2015 / 11:59 am

      Oh my god. Did he sleep in the shed that night?!

  45. Anne
    September 14, 2015 / 11:48 am

    Upset tummy problems with our dog caused by medication she was on

  46. Kat Lucas
    September 15, 2015 / 10:36 am

    Tomatoes in the food processor as hubby left the shute piece out and over filled it and it ended up all over the ceiling & walls

  47. robyn297
    September 15, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    A spaghetti bolagnaise baby led weaning disaster

  48. hairbrainy
    September 16, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    When my cat was sick on the carpet.

  49. Jennifer Stein
    September 17, 2015 / 10:54 am

    My daughter is teething right now…the poonami is horrendous!

  50. Samantha Child
    September 17, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    Fake blood after a Halloween party

  51. Jess Mary
    September 19, 2015 / 7:17 am

    When my brother was painting the bedroom walls and he accidentally spilled all the white emulsion paint on the carpet!

  52. jessf
    September 19, 2015 / 1:27 pm

    Love vanish

  53. Alex Telford
    September 20, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    I remember my son having a temperature during the night, he was screaming, I was cuddling him, my husband went to get the carpool from downstairs, I heard the smash then silence 🙁 we went down to find my husband standing barefoot on our slate kitchen floor surrounded by broken glass, calpol and blood. Took ages to clear it up after cuddling the poorly baby and then his sore daddy. After that we always made sure we had sachets of calpol in the house!

    September 21, 2015 / 2:05 pm

    I remember my cat puked a load of pouch in gravy all over my sofa! I didn’t actually know where to start it was so horrific.

    September 22, 2015 / 8:33 am

    Definitely for me vomit! and lots of it for a whole week!

  56. Chantelle79
    September 22, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    Bronzing pearls my little one emptied them all over the floor

  57. carole walley
    September 22, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    When my son was a toddler he emptied a nearly full pack of Bisto gravy powder allover the floor, it took ages to clean up.

  58. samantha blaxall
    September 23, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    After parties. Especially Christmas

  59. Becca Staples
    September 23, 2015 / 3:42 pm

    Red wine spills, sicky clothes from poorly kids, and the general grass and paints stains x

  60. Joanne Heath
    September 24, 2015 / 11:38 pm

    I really need this for my two little ones school shirts! I am constantly buying them!

  61. Kirsty Ward
    September 25, 2015 / 3:32 pm

    A dropped Bottle of Nail Varnish…. It wasn’t pretty!

  62. Monica Gilbert
    September 25, 2015 / 10:46 pm

    My daughter vomited all over our bed and a stack of clean clothes in the middle of the night last weekend.

  63. September 26, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    Black hairspray from Halloween that ended up covering the bathroom & all the towels

  64. Kathleen Thomson
    September 27, 2015 / 2:52 pm

    Sick dog sick me sick child sick i hate cleaning up sick

  65. Ally Webb
    September 27, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    Red school paint on a fluffy onesie after ‘pyjama day’ . I think they rolled in it!

  66. September 28, 2015 / 11:47 am

    Cleaning up after a New Years party after using indoor fireworks that spewed glitter and gunge all over the place

  67. September 28, 2015 / 5:59 pm

    Having a pukey child at the same time as a doggy with an upset tummy at the same time. Glad I had a vax for the carpet. Eeeewwww

  68. Natasha Whenham
    September 29, 2015 / 11:00 am

    My nephew decided to paint my new black dress with a pretty sudocream picture. Hard to stay mad at such a cute face though!

  69. Lindsay Newbery-Buckley
    September 29, 2015 / 6:34 pm

    I have to clear up a big mess after each class I have! Trying to train them up is hard work!

  70. Gillian Holmes
    September 30, 2015 / 4:13 pm

    I once tripped on a rug whilst carrying a bottle of ink with no lid on it…

  71. clair dutton
    September 30, 2015 / 10:09 pm

    sudocrem is a nightmare

  72. Samantha Mann
    September 30, 2015 / 11:00 pm

    Poo off the Walls. I am not joking

  73. Laura Anne Farnworth
    September 30, 2015 / 11:18 pm

    When my son was a toddle he painted the carpet and chair (and himself) with a huge tub of sudocrem and trod it all in.

  74. Cupcake R
    October 1, 2015 / 7:29 am

    Had to clear up suncream squirted by my little one on the patio..

  75. Emma Wolski
    October 1, 2015 / 10:20 am

    A tramp came up to my mums balcony and clearly had an issue an no access to a toilet. It was awful to come home to so I cleared it up before mum came home as she would have been so upset. He even left his boxers!

  76. Caroline S
    October 1, 2015 / 11:44 am

    Black facepaint that my toddler somehow managed to sneak upstairs with and smear all over the beige carpet on the landing!

  77. Rebecca Smith
    October 1, 2015 / 11:44 am

    That would be the day we were leaving our rented house my son and daughter decided to colour all over the living room walls including themselves, the inspection was due within half an hour so nothing I could do we lost abit of the deposit makes me laugh now tho

  78. Anthea Holloway
    October 1, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    The day we all tried to paint pictures with the paper and paints on the floor – water spilt, paints got knocked over, the floor got painted – wow it was a mess!

  79. Marie Evans
    October 1, 2015 / 6:17 pm

    I had my Grandson & more food went on his bib than in his mouth,Orange juice i find is a pain to get out,Felts can also cause me trouble.

  80. Jade Hewlett
    October 1, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    Paint, it gets everywhere

  81. Janine Atkin
    October 1, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    sudo cream on the sofa

  82. Nancy Bradford
    October 1, 2015 / 10:08 pm

    We have a large dog. I got home one day and he was ill. He had been sick five times in various places throughout the living room. He had also had diarrhea. I wanted to move rather than clean the mess but I couldn’t unfortunately. I got some kitty litter and made a little pile on each bit of sick and that soaked up a lot of the mess.

  83. Angela Walton
    October 1, 2015 / 11:04 pm

    Exploded hard boiled eggs all over the kitchen walls, ceiling, cupboards etc. The smell was worse than the mess

  84. Thomas Perry
    October 2, 2015 / 7:36 am

    I had to clean up after a 2 day house party I had when my parents first went on holiday, wish I would have had these products

  85. Lisa Mack
    October 2, 2015 / 9:04 am

    Pasta sauce! My little one loves pasta but almost everything gets covered in the sauce x

  86. October 2, 2015 / 9:46 am

    Every time I wear white it’s like a magnet to any dinner I eat… & I always seem to be wearing white when I have pasta !!

  87. Katie-Louise Chamberlain
    October 2, 2015 / 10:49 am

    When my dog thought it would be fun to sneak out and roll in mud then rub off on my clean carpet! Vanish helped massively

  88. Natalie Baugh
    October 2, 2015 / 10:53 am

    I’ve had to clean very many messes up but the worst has to be when my son found my tanning cream and spread it all over my carpet, sofas, TV it was just everywhere.It took me hours cleaning it with help from vanish stain remover 🙂

  89. October 2, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    Prober oh the hardest to get out was pasta sauce all over cream carpet took ages to get out.

  90. kayleigh manning
    October 2, 2015 / 12:09 pm

    A whole pot of pink ( bright pink ) paint!!

  91. Kayleigh
    October 2, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    Sudocreme its the worst to get off of anything and my son covered my sofa in it!

  92. Donata
    October 2, 2015 / 4:04 pm

    red nail varnish on a light green sofa (lots of it)

  93. sandra ralph
    October 2, 2015 / 5:20 pm

    i think mine has to be where there was a sickness and diarrhea bug going around the school, my daughter came home with it and passed it on to her then baby brother, and whilst i was changing him on my lap oneday he was sick everywhere and to top it all off lets just say his nappy exploded it was all over me and the sofa… i gave him to his dad who stuck him in the baby bath whilst i went and had a shower myself..not nice

  94. Sarah Rider
    October 2, 2015 / 5:49 pm

    Besides the usual bodily fluids from having a bsby/toddler in the house, only last week I had the mammoth task of getting red wax crayon out of my cream carpet, over a 2 metre square area. Apparently my 2yr old can reach higher shelves than I realised…

  95. Donna Caldwell
    October 2, 2015 / 5:55 pm

    It’s probably chocolate from a fountain I thought they’d have great fun forgot about all the stains afterwards

    October 2, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    When me, my wife & daughter all had the sickness bug. Very messy.

  97. Alison Clifford
    October 2, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    Sick down the stairs was on every step and up the walls!

  98. Rachel Wise
    October 2, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    Would be a jar of beetroot on my lovely cream carpet!

  99. October 2, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    In my old job as a maternity support worker I’ve cleaned up after lots of labours!!

  100. October 2, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    Leaked sharpies on bed sheets sheet. Got it out with hairspray!

  101. Tammy Neal
    October 2, 2015 / 10:48 pm

    My Biggest disaster i was cleaning the fryer thought i was holding it right but the bottom come off and oil went everywhere it ended up like an ice ring slippy every where! haha

  102. Leila Benhamida
    October 2, 2015 / 11:34 pm

    Easter eggs on the carpet.

  103. Sammi McSporran
    October 2, 2015 / 11:59 pm

    It’s a little embarrassing actually. I was at a friends house for drinks and dinner and she’d got me a bottle of red wine to drink specially as she only drinks white and I dont. The wine tasted a bit funny, but I didnt want to make a fuss so kept drinking it. Turns out the stuff was rancid, and I didnt quite make it to the toilet in time before I was sick. I cleared it all up of course, but it was mortifying.

  104. Lisa
    October 4, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    Oh. It had to be the day my son’s were out playing. One can home head to toes in wet stinky mud. My other son came home head to toe in mud but also blood. On the way home from falling in muck he fell and burst his nose and head and lip and the blood was pouring. Just as they walked in my youngest covered my kitchen floor door and cupboard doors in sick. Yuk. I still have nightmares about it.

    October 7, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    Definitely kids vomit & lots of it

  106. Emma pearce
    October 9, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    My. Biggest cleanup wAs when my hubby was carrying the wood stain through the house and tripped over his slipper it went everywhere including over my freshly washed basket of laundry

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