We’ve all done it. In fact, back in the toddler days, it was wise to check your seat in our houses before you sat down and I’ve been caught out before by the remains of a snack or even something worse. Baby days were just as bad, for different reasons and I think that a lot of mothers have a spare T-shirt and leggings in the car boot just in case. Sometimes though you don’t realise what has happened. If you are lucky someone will let you know so you can change or try to deal with the stain.
I was fascinated by a social experiment which revealed that women are far more likely to have a stain pointed out than men are.The test of public etiquette, which was devised by cleaning and laundry product expert Dr. Beckmann, involved smearing chocolate spread on the behinds of male and female actors before they walked down a street in Manchester to see how the public would react.
And there was a stark contrast between how people responded to the stains on the male and female actors. In the 30 minutes the man wandered the streets he was only stopped once, yet at least 25 people saw and reacted to the stain yet didn’t say anything, with some even taking photos. Despite receiving some similar treatment by way of people seeing the stain and not acting on it, the female actor was helped by 15 kind-hearted members of the public, who made the excruciating step of stopping her to tell her about the mishap. It’s nice that it pays off to be female sometimes, although I wondered why there should be such a big difference.
Susan Fermor, spokesperson for Stain Devils maker Dr. Beckmann, said: “When we devised this social experiment we had no idea what the results would be, but it’s refreshing to see that – to a certain extent – people are willing to embarrass themselves in order to save a total stranger from embarrassment.
“We know that stains can strike at any time, so we wanted to see what happens if the worst happens when we’re out and about.
“The experiment revealed a tendency amongst the public to help the female actor, but not the male. The lesson to be learned, here, gentleman, is to check for stains before you head out, as it appears it’s unlikely you’ll have them pointed out by someone else!”
Of course, it isn’t just knowing about a stain that’s important, it’s how to deal with it and get rid of it, so you can wear that item again. I’m not that good at the home remedy side of things for stains, so I tend to rely on Dr.Beckmann’s Stain Devils. They make it easy for me. During the school year the grass stain one really comes into its own after a busy day running around on the school playing field.
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Disclosure: This post is in association with Dr.Beckmann.