As they spend time exploring the world in their first years of life, babies and toddler tend to get different kinds of stains on their clothes. If you want to keep your baby clothing spotless and help them last longer, getting rid of these stains is very important. However, it’s not always an easy task for any parents.
Some stains can easily go away after one wash, but some others are extremely stubborn to remove. They can come from diaper accidents, food splashes, dribbles, or the dirt in your baby’s playgrounds.
In this article, we will show you how to remove stains from your baby clothing. Let’s check it out!
General Rules To Treat Stains On Clothes
- Deal with the stain as soon as possible. The sooner you treat the stains, the less time they have to attach to the fabric.
- Pre-treat the garment with a stain remover, then let it soak in water. The older the stains, the more time you need to soak your item.
- Always check the label on the item and lauder following its instructions.
- If the stain remains, repeat the steps above. Do not put it in the dryer until the stain is removed.
How To Remove the Most Common Stains From Your Baby Clothing
Mud, dirt, grass, food, or juice stains
Mud, dirt, grass, food, or juice stains are the most common stains that you will find on your baby’s clothing. However, they are quite easy to get rid off:
- Pour a little liquid detergent directly onto the strain.
- Gently rub the fabric together, or use a soft-bristled toothbrush to help work the detergent into the garment's fibers in a circular motion.
- Rub in and let it sit for 45 - 60 minutes before putting the item into the main wash.
- Try dabbing some white vinegar into the stains. It works perfectly as a natural stain remover. Leave your baby’s clothing for a while then launder them normally and these stains will go away.
Stains from breastmilk are also pretty easy to deal with. They usually go away after a few washes with liquid detergent. However, if the spot lingers, you can try soaking the piece of clothing in warm water for a few minutes and adding an enzyme presoak.
The chemical ingredients in formula foods can make their stain tricky to get off. A stronger detergent may be required to remove it. However, you can try this home-made remedy:
- Remove as much attached food as possible with a stiff brush.
- Put the item in a sink or tub
- Sprinkle the entire stain with baking soda
- Pour some club soda / sparkling water over the stain. This will make the baking soda fizz.
- Allow the piece to sit and fizzle until the bubbling stops.
- Wash as you always do with detergent and warm water.
Oily, Greasy Stains
Oil stains can be really hard to spot as they normally leave a slightly darkened area instead of bright color on your baby clothes.
To remove oil stains, you'll need hot water and detergent:
- Soak the stained area before washing in the hottest water the clothing will tolerate.
- Rub liquid laundry detergent or liquid dish soap onto the stained area. Both of these will do a great job at penetrating the fibers and getting into the areas of the fabric that are holding on to the oil.
- Launder as usual.
If your baby has blood on their clothes, hydrogen peroxide ( a basic form of oxygen bleach) will be your best friend before washing. Here is what you need to do:
- Rinse the spot with cold water ASAP and blot it until you’ve gotten as much blood up as possible
- Pour some hydrogen peroxide into a small cup or the lid of the peroxide container.
- Get a cotton swab and dip it into the peroxide.
- Use the cotton swab to rub the peroxide into the bloodstain.
This is probably the worst kind of stain you want to deal with:
- If you’re able to, run the clothing under cold water immediately and remove as much of the poop as you can, then launder the clothes as usual.
- If the stains are unable to wash off immediately, you can try adding a few teaspoons of vinegar and detergent into a bucket full of water and soak the soiled clothing overnight. You can also try soaking the clothes in oxygen bleach to remove the poo stains.
- When the stains are gone, you should wash the items in very hot water to sanitize. Furthermore, you should dry the items in the sun to bleach them even further.