How to Remove Stains From Baby Clothes

Did you know that a spit-up stain needs different treatment than a baby-food stain? Find out how to get rid of various baby uh-ohs in this video.


Your baby is bound to get a spot on her clothes at some point. We'll help you wipe out five common stains. If your infant spits up, flush the area with cool water, then apply a detergent or all-purpose stain remover that contains enzymes, such as protease or amylase, directly to the stain. Check the ingredient list. Wash the garment in warm water with an enzyme detergent and oxygen bleach combo, such as Bio Kleen Oxygen Bleach Plus. To get rid of baby food stains, dunk the clothing in cold water, then soak the stain for at least 15 minutes in equal parts water and rubbing alcohol, which is safe for most fabrics when diluted. If that lifts the stain, toss the item in the washer. If it doesn't, soak the spot again in the equal parts water and white vinegar before you wash it. When baby oil, cream, or petroleum jelly lands on your little one, remove any excess [unk] with a spoon, then sprinkle the spot with talcum powder to absorb the oil. Wait ten minutes, scrape the area again with the spoon, then treat it with a stain remover and toss it in the wash. Soak formula or breast stains for a few minutes in warm water before adding enzyme pre-soaked to the water. If the spot lingers, treat it with a stain remover before washing the item. For a diaper blow out, shake any solids into the toilet, then soak the garment for at least 15 minutes in a mixture of cold water and enzyme detergent. Apply more enzyme detergent to the stain before washing it in cool water. If the stain is still there when the cycle finishes, soak it in the oxygen bleach. When the stain is gone, wash the garment in very hot water to sanitize it. Then, dry it in the sun to bleach it further.

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