This post is created in paid partnership with the maker of OxiClean™. All opinions and laundry experiences are authentically mine!
You know those laundry commercials with the personal stories? Do you ever wonder if those come from actual people?? Well this one does! I submitted an experience to the maker of OxiClean™ White Revive and had the fun experience of having a film crew out to film our family about it. While on the surface, it’s a story about laundry, it’s also a story about family, food, and traditions; everything we celebrate here at Our Best Bites.
When I was in my early 20’s, I paused my attendance at BYU just before my senior year and spent 18 months in Southern Brazil doing missionary and humanitarian work. It was one of the most impactful experiences of my life and I’ve written about it many times here on the blog. One of the things that made it so meaningful was that my Father did the same thing when he was that same age and while neither of us got to choose our destination, we were both assigned to Brazil. I grew up hearing all about the people and culture of Brazil and after my own experience there, it’s forever a part of my heart.
After returning home to the states for a few months, I got to travel back to my old Brazilian stomping grounds, but this time with my parents and my little sister. I loved being able to take my Mom there and watch her experience for the first time this place that meant so much to our family. She didn’t understand a lick of Portuguese, a language my Dad and I speak fluently, but she was such a great sport.
One of the things my Mom always taught me when travelling, was to not fill up your suitcase with knick-knacks, but bring home useful things that will serve a purpose and always be a reminder of a place you’ve experienced. In fact, the drinking glasses that sat on our family dinner table all my years growing up were ones she brought back from a family trip to Mexico. I’ve always took that to heart and one of the things I’m always looking for on my travels are things that I can use in my kitchen, whether it be a beautiful dish or a unique cooking utensil or table linens.
This trip to Brazil, long before I ever started a food blog and became a professional cook, was no exception! I will never forget the scene of taking my Mom through a busy market and both of us instantly falling in love with the intricately crocheted threads by some local women creating beautiful table runners. I chose one in a rainbow of colors, and my sensible Mother brought home a beautiful creamy white one.
That table runner adorned our family table for years after that, often holding the cherished food of our holiday celebrations. My Mom became ill shortly after our return home from Brazil, with a quickly progressing disease that eventually took her life, and having that runner on our table was always a tender reminder to me of our last big adventure together.
After my Mom passed away, I took a few mementos of hers, and this table runner, full of love and memories, was one of them. I tucked it away for a few years and only recently pulled it out. It was our first big family meal in our newly remodeled dining room, on Easter Sunday. I knew that runner would be the perfect tribute to my Mom as we continued our traditions of gathering for family meals. I was upset however, when I pulled out the runner and realized it was stained. Who knows how long those dirty spots had been sitting there and I worried I wouldn’t be able to get them out and my heirloom would be ruined.
I tried just about every laundry product I had at home and the dark brown spots didn’t budge, so I ran to the store and thought I’d give OxiClean™ White Revive a try. You can watch the video to see what happens next (spoiler alert: OxiClean™ saved the day!) and now I use it often on my everyday whites at home, because with four active boys, you know I have a lot of dirty laundry!
You can watch all about our story, right here! And I’d love to know if you have any traditions like I do when it comes to souveniers. Do you collect any one type of thing? Drop me a comment on this blog post and let me know!