AIBU to wonder what utter buffoon decided school rugby shorts should be white?

(20 Posts)
Bythebeach Sat 17-Sep-16 12:32:57

DS1 has recently started secondary school. The games shorts are white. The sport this half-term is rugby. I can think of few things more stupid than white rugby shorts. Even more ironically, one of the school's four mottoes is 'smart appearance' which is a bit weak in any case but is wholly ironic in the face of white rugby shorts. This week I wasted a lot of my life I using napisan and Vanish Oxy-wotsit. He had pretty white shorts still when I sent him off to his first school match this morning. Many of his peers did not. I in no way blame their parents. No one can possibly think it is a good use of time to enter an endless cycle of futilely re-whitening shorts only for them to be re-grass and mud stained. AIBU to give up whitening from now on?

HappyHippyChick Sat 17-Sep-16 12:35:08

YANBU. I hate the fact my ds's have white shorts. They are mainly mud coloured now!

RustyBear Sat 17-Sep-16 12:37:14

I always assumed it was so you could bleach them.

Bythebeach Sat 17-Sep-16 12:39:01

Oooh bleach? I haven't tried bleach for years...in my memory things went a bit yellowy?

RustyBear Sat 17-Sep-16 12:54:59

Depends what they're made of, bleach will turn some synthetics yellow but it they're 100%cotton, as they used to be, they should be OK

MrsHathaway Sat 17-Sep-16 13:02:13

For grass and mud I swear by Swarfega, red pot with green lid. Slather it on before the wash.

Source: ex school matron; white rugby kit and cricket whites.

AtleastitsnotMonday Sat 17-Sep-16 14:30:05

Just be pleased they don't have matching white shirts!

BikeRunSki Sat 17-Sep-16 14:35:36

DS started outdoor PE (which is rugby this term) this term, but fortunately their shorts are blue. Unfortunately DD started Reception, so the last 2 weeks I have had 10 small white shirts to soak in Vanish and Napisan. Havn't resorted to bleach, but it's in my armoury. Top tip from next door neighbor - gin gets paint and white board pen out.

coldcanary Sat 17-Sep-16 14:51:58

YANBU, it's probably the same arsehole who decided that junior cricket should be played in whites..
I soak in vanish, scrub the worst off with a nail brush then wash as normal.

goose1964 Sat 17-Sep-16 14:57:56

I reckon they have shares in Proctor & Gamble😂. Luckily my boys shorts were black

afromom Sat 17-Sep-16 15:03:08

It's for this very reason that I dread cricket season every year!!!

Ericaequites Sat 17-Sep-16 15:05:02

Cricket whites are traditional, like tennis. White rugby shorts are a poor idea. Navy, burgundy, bottle green, red, brown, or black would be some wiser choices. No one who had to wash these shorts would choose white.

Balletgirlmum Sat 17-Sep-16 15:08:35

Ds's rugby/hockey shorts are back trimmed with red. All well & good.

Except the cross country shorts are white worn with a white alerted polo shirt.

And you can't bleach them because they have a red and black school logo on them.

MrsHathaway Sat 17-Sep-16 17:09:40

Gin gets Sharpie off toddlers too.

Bythebeach Sat 17-Sep-16 20:03:17

(Adding bleach, gin and swarfega to armoury...)

RebelandaStunner Sat 17-Sep-16 20:11:14

I soak stained whites with a dishwasher tablet for a day then a hot wash and dry in sunshine if possible.
I googled it after DD wrecked all her school shirts with fake tan. Was impressed how clean they came out.

BikeRunSki Sat 17-Sep-16 20:15:00

MrsHathaway grin

CallarMorvern Sat 17-Sep-16 20:15:20

The same idiot who put school girls in white see through blouses.

MrsHathaway Sat 17-Sep-16 20:24:42

Sunshine, yes. The white things suddenly get whiter in the first line dry after the winter ...

Gin and toddler - saw that on Pinterest. It was an American tip so they said rubbing alcohol or something as if everyone had it in the medicine cabinet. Anyway we only had port, single malt and gin in the house, so I went for the clearest.

He smelt delicious afterwards.

I think it was someone who has never washed a pair of muddy rugby shorts. Or someone who has washed many, many of them, and wants others to suffer as they have suffered.

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