stainphobia: an unreasonable sort of fear that can cause anxiety and panic when an item of clothing or a material good is soiled, spotted, or discolored.
this is no laughing matter. it is very serious. stains affects 2 out of 5 items of clothing.
there are many who suffer privately from stainphobia. many who feel hopeless when clothing or material goods are soiled.
this is my story-
i have suffered privately from stainphobia for more than 12 years.
symptoms began when i was pregnant with my first child, during the nesting stage.
i learned early on to mask my tear stained responses. for example, though it appeared i was crying tears of motherly joy as my child experienced his first baby food. the reality was that the floodgates flew open due to the devastation of his "i ♥ mommy" bib being destroyed!
since then i have grown to be terrified of mustard, marinara sauce, butter, olive oil, and salad dressing.
i. hate. stains.
just the other day, 3 hours of my life was consumed as i vigorously scrubbed a child's garment to remove a stain. after beating the shirt into submission, and wearing the top down to threads, the garment waved the white flag of defeat, and i proudly claimed victory over the stain.
in addition to hating stains, i'm cheap!
so cheap you'll often find my children wearing aprons over their $3 wal-mart shirts.
so cheap you'll find clothes pins in my purse (no, not so i can immediately battle freshly stained items of clothing, and then line dry when we're on the go... although that isn't a bad idea). clothespins serve as makeshift restaurant bibs; take a cloth napkin, hang it around neck, and pin in the back. it's genius really.
(this is my tide stain stick testimonial- one sunday, while leading worship, communion grape juice missed my mouth and landed on my cotton candy pink shirt. between services (i still had one more service to lead) i ran off to the ladies room, where i grabbed the tide stain stick and generously worked it into the stain. i prayed fervently, "please Jesus, please remove this stain." the stain was removed!)
i told you, i. hate. stains.
so you can imagine the nausea i experienced this past week when one of my children got oil on not one, but TWO ITEMS OF CLOTHING!
i pretreated the clothing with a stain remover, washed, and lined dried both items, BUT THE OIL STAIN WAS STILL THERE!
i tried to control the feelings of anxiety and panic that rose up inside me! i attempted to hold back the tears, the hopelessness of feeling all was lost.
i accepted the reality that i would have to wave the white flag of defeat....UNTIL
YES, Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner!
"they work hard so you don't have to," and not only on your tubs and showers, but on your oil stains too!
simply apply to oil spot, let absorb for a few short minuets, wash, line dry, and voila, THE STAIN IS GONE! (insert the "Hallelujah" chorus here).
thanks to Scrubbing Bubbles, the cost for psychiatric care for my children has decreased... well, a little... i also suffer from germphobia (fear of germs), clutterphobia (fear of clutter), and wrinklephobia (fear of wrinkles. yes, i iron everything).
Do you have any stain removal cures?
What are your phobias?