The post where Radiant returned a hand-me-down classic back to picture perfect! And a chance to win some for yourself!

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I am the baby of five kids so hand-me-down clothing was a staple in our closets. When I had Gemma, I lovingly washed and folded all of her outgrown clothing and placed the best pieces in bags to wait for her sister’s turn to wear them. 

Now despite what one could very rightly assume from the current state of her bedroom, Gemma was a tidy little kid. Except for a few favourite pairs of sparkle shoes, all her delightful outfits were still picture perfect when she was ready for the next size up. That means that Clover’s closet is just overflowing with lovely things that I am delighted to see worn again. It is good that there are so many choices because Clover mysteriously stains clothing as soon as she puts it on. Seriously, I don’t know how she does it. 

We are headed to Hawaii for a wedding and as soon as the save the date was issued, I knew the dress that Clover would wear. I bought this yellow Janie and Jack smocked frock for Gemma to wear in Virginia as we celebrated the twins’ first birthday.

Five years later and I pulled the pristine dress from storage and it looked as if I had just bought it. Clover was in love. She asked to wear it to a friend’s birthday party and in a momentary lapse of judgement, I agreed. She just looked so pretty. And it was a simple princess party. 



Yet, yes. And as much as I tried to manage the situation, Clover got black face paint on the gorgeous yellow fabric. Right in the front of the dress. Of course she did. I washed the dress in cold water. I even treated it with stain remover, but as it hung on the line to dry, I could clearly see the remaining stain.


I heard about the Radiant Return experiment where two guys bought clothes, got dirty, washed the garments with Radiant and then returned to the stores to see if they could spot any difference from an unworn return. The guys are real best friends and they really did the experiments, washing the clothes with Radiant in their own home. Don’t worry, the store owners knew and were totally OK with the test, but the shop assistants had no idea! Their reactions are real too. 

Check out this video where they fingerpaint with kindergarten kids! If Radiant could fix THAT, I was sure that Radiant could come to my hand-me-down rescue and return this sweet dress to its former glory in time for our Hawaiian adventure! 



There are three new variations of Radiant and while I am excited to use the “No Sort” version as I run out of time to do carefully separated loads of laundry before we leave, I picked the “Brilliant Whites Sharper Colours” for this task. Laundered on the regular cycle and hung to dry, it was fixed. No, really. My very own product demonstration in my own home. I had to share it with someone other than the dog! 

Radiant returned my favourite dress to picture perfect!


What garment do you want Radiant to return to its former glory? 

Australian readers who answer the question above are entered in for a chance to win a year of Radiant for themselves!* That includes a Radiant prize pack of product (valued at approx. $100) Wouldn’t it be great to cross something essential off your shopping list for a whole year and know you are getting a wonderful product?!?! Get your answers in quick though as this contest is set to end on the 24th of June!

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  • Alexsis - Will there be pictures of Clover in the dress? o: I remember that picture when you first posted it!! so long ago!June 17, 2014 – 5:52 amReplyCancel

    • sesame - Yes, the photo of Clover in the dress will be on Facebook and Instagram for sure!!!!!! Check there after this coming Saturday!June 18, 2014 – 7:48 pmReplyCancel

  • Jane - For me, it is the expensive school shirts that my smelly 13 year old seems to turn brown with every wear….and that’s without the special addition of pen marks and blotches of God knows what from Science class. I bought them large so they would last, but I fear he will actually mark them too permanently way before he grows out of them (and that’s saying something at the moment).June 17, 2014 – 10:50 amReplyCancel

  • Jane Dando via Facebook - the terms and conditions link at the bottom of the page doesn’t seem to be working, or is it just me?June 17, 2014 – 10:52 amReplyCancel

  • Amelia Chiew via Facebook - I liked the “Nooooooo”June 17, 2014 – 11:45 amReplyCancel

  • Rachel Devine Photography / sesame ellis via Facebook - Shoot
    Sorry JaneJune 17, 2014 – 11:53 amReplyCancel

  • Alinta Fidzewicz - My beautiful handmade quilt that’s on our bed, I let the kids use it for a picnic once and it has stains on it I cannot get out. I love it and would love to see it back to stain free:)June 17, 2014 – 12:41 pmReplyCancel

  • Angela - Ugh. I want this in the US. I need this.June 17, 2014 – 4:32 pmReplyCancel

  • Catherine - My daughter was a flower girl a few weeks ago and managed to get lipstick over the front of the dress. I would love to have it removed as the dress is divine and she could wear it to another wedding we have coming up.June 17, 2014 – 10:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Kim - I have a work shirt that I really love, somehow it got a big old stain right on the front in a spot that I can’t hide (I’ve tried!). When I realised that there was a stain on them I put it aside to try and clean, my husband washed it anyway, I didn’t realise till I was at work and had to wear a jacket all day with the zipper done up. So I would love love love a way to get my fabourite shirt wearable againJune 17, 2014 – 10:24 pmReplyCancel

  • Michelle V - Let me indulge you in this short rhyme
    I’ll take you back to once upon a time
    A mother bought school socks, whiter than white
    They looked so clean, so crisp, so bright
    But after a few wears, the socks gathered dirt
    And mother, she scrubbed and scrubbed til it hurt
    But try as she might, the socks stayed black
    She knew in her heart there was no going back
    She’s tried liquids, and powders, even laundry soap
    Maybe RADIANT will revive them and give mother hope!June 18, 2014 – 5:41 amReplyCancel

  • Bek @Just For Daisy - The one most fresh in my mind is a white top of mine I LOVE that has a strange stain on the front… making it unwearable!! (Actually I can think of two white tops that have these annoying stains!) If Radiant can get it out of that I’ll be totally happy!June 18, 2014 – 6:58 pmReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I would love to see if this could make a difference to pretty much every item of clothing and linen I own. We live on a rural property in Western NSW and the whole house is on bore or river water. This means all my pristine whites are now varying shades of cream to yellow or even pale, poo brown. And all the colours are just a bit ‘off’ if you know what I mean?June 18, 2014 – 7:41 pmReplyCancel

  • sapna - I would love Radiant to bring my son’s footy clothes ( which are constantly covered in mud and grass stains from the playground ) back to their original glory. He joined Nab Aus kick two years back and since then there is a constant effort from side to keep the stains away from clothes but i always fail.June 24, 2014 – 10:43 amReplyCancel

  • debra paterson - I would love to brighten and bring back to life the mine baseball style jumpsuit i bought one of my sons home from hospital in. That was 27yrs ago i came across it again when looking through my blanket box full of cards and kindy projects and school reports. I would love to revive that jump suit and also keep clean all of our clothes for the rest of the year.June 24, 2014 – 11:57 amReplyCancel

  • Dawn Klein - That sounds like a product I could use, too, I also live in the US.July 5, 2014 – 5:57 amReplyCancel