Everyday faves | Travel-sized stain sticks

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This is the third entry in my new biweekly series about “Everyday faves,” to highlight everyday, or commonplace, things — or practices or habits — that make a difference in my life. For me, these posts are an exercise in self-reflection and appreciation. My first post was about better bobby pins, and two weeks ago, I wrote about building time into my daily schedule for reading.

Librarian for Life + Style | Everyday faves: Travel-sized stain sticks

This time, I wanted to highlight travel-sized stain sticks that I carry with me EVERYWHERE. Why? Because stains happen, y’all. All. the. time. At least, they happen to me all the time. And I am a librarian, and that means I am prepared.

I have carried travel-sized stain sticks in my purse so long that I don’t remember when I started doing it. It’s been at least a decade, if not longer. I keep one in my zip-up pouch that I transfer from bag to bag, as you can see below in a photo from my “What’s in my bag?” post from 2014.

Librarian for Life + Style | What’s in my makeup bag?

And I still carry one in my zip-up pouch! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Travel-sized stain stick

I also keep a stain stick in my office at work, for work-related stain-stick emergencies (e.g. lunch). For home stain-stick emergencies, I keep one beside my bed in my little ceramic tray, which you can see below in a photo from my “On my nightstand” post from 2014. I also keep a couple of extras in our hall closet.

Librarian for Life + Style | On my nightstand

How do these stain sticks work? They don’t work for all stains — like blood, for example — but they do work for most common stains, like tea… or spaghetti sauce. 😉 They work best if you catch the stain right away and press in the tip of the stain stick to thoroughly soak the area. Then you rub the tip back and forth across the stain, and usually you can visibly see the stain lighten at this point. If it’s not cleared up, then soak the area again and let dry. Even if the entire stain isn’t completely lightened, it’s usually enough to get through the day without feeling self-conscious about it (and giving clues about what you had for lunch!).

Where do you get travel-sized stain sticks? They’re usually available in the laundry aisle at grocery stores, or perhaps in the travel-sized section in the pharmacy aisle. Or you can buy them online.

Note:  This post is NOT sponsored by Tide or any other brand that manufactures travel-sized stain sticks. I just want to share with my readers my personal thoughts and experiences and appreciation of using these travel-sized saviors.

Do you carry stain sticks with you? Have you ever thought about it? Please leave a comment and share your own thoughts and experiences 🙂


2 thoughts on “Everyday faves | Travel-sized stain sticks

  1. Brenda N.

    Hi Jenn, like you, I like to be prepared (girl scout motto!) I always keep Shout stain removal wipes in my purse (available online). Aside from getting stains out of clothing right away, I’ve used them as emergency hand wipes, as well as giving them to a neighbor at the office to get out stains tracked in on the carpet. 🙂


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