Remove Stains From Baby Cloths

Everyone who has been in contact with a baby knows that they are messy.  They get stuff all over their clothing.

Some of the ways we remove stains from adult clothing will not be suitable to use for baby clothing.  Babies clothing is different than the adult clothing and the babies skin is much more sensitive that an adult’s skin.

If you child is wearing a nice outfit at feeding time it might be a good idea to get the baby out of the nice outfit before feeding, if possible.  This is especially true if the meal is going to consist of something colorful like beets, berries or spaghetti.  You don’t need to worry as much if the baby is in an old outfit that has seen strains before.

If your baby’s clothing has some spit up or food on it take a knife and scrape off the remnants before treating the stain.  The scraping will help loosen the stain.  You might want to soak the garment in cool water to loosen the gunk.

If you are hesitant to use harsh chemicals on your baby clothing you might want to try this method.  If you are trying to clean spit up try sprinkling some baking soda on the stained area and then pouring some club soda over the baking soda.  You will get some bubble and foam when you combine the two ingredients.  Let it foam and bubble for a few seconds and then use an old toothbrush to gently scrub the area.  The gunk should be gone in a little while.  Then wash the garment as usual and the stain should be gone.  This same method may work for stains from formula, breast milk, leaky diapers and foods

You will want to treat different stains in different ways.  For stains from oil or grease like baby oils or creams or Vaseline you can apply some cornstarch to the stain to absorb the oil.  Let it sit for about 20 minutes and then scrape off the powder.  Apply a pre-treater like Shout or Spray N Wash and toss the garment in the laundry.

If you need to remove a stain like fruit or juice or vegetables make a pre-treat solution of one part vinegar and two parts water and drip it over the spot. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and wash in the laundry.

After you have laundered your stained baby clothing, do not put it in the dryer until you have inspected the clothing to be sure the stains are gone.  If the stain is still present you may want to try another round of the pre-treatment and launder again.  If the stain still remains and it is on white fabric you might want to try a bleach pen to remover the stain.  Be sure to rinse out the bleach before putting the cloths into the wash.  Allow the stained garment to sit for about 30 minutes before rinsing out the bleach.  Always check the clothing label to be sure it is safe to use the bleach.

You can avoid some baby messes by using a bib to protect against food, juice or milk stains.  You might want to try a plastic bib with a pocket to catch food bits.  These plastic bibs are easy to rinse and keep clean.