A Quick Guide To Removing Baby Stains

Written by James Kicinski-McCoy
1:00 pm
08/21/14

Photography by James Kicinski-McCoy

Fact: Babies spit up on pretty much everything they come into contact with until they reach the six-month mark. They may be cute, but the amount of dirty laundry that comes along with a newborn (think blow-outs and baby puke) can be overwhelming and baby stains can be tough to treat (and find time to figure out how to treat!). So, we’ve put together a quick guide to help remove those stubborn stains and preserve your little one’s cutest wares.

First tip: It’s best to try and treat potential baby stains as soon as possible. The longer a soiled garment sits, the harder it is to remove. After many years of baby laundry and stain fighting under our belts, there is rarely a messy situation we can’t remedy with these 6 steps:

1. Get rid of the excess. Remove as much of the dirt—or poo in most cases—before treatment. A simple scrape or quick rinse should do the trick.

2. Treat! Use a powerful stain fighter like The Laundress Stain Solution to saturated the stain. OxiClean is another amazing stain buster that actually breaks up proteins and removes them easily without damaging fabrics. After the dirty area has been doused with a stain solution or a good amount of OxiClean paste (just add hot water to make a thick batter-like consistency), go to town rubbing the solution by hand or with a brush to help release the discoloration.

3. Rinse and repeat. After a good scrub, rinse the treated area and repeat the step above until desired results have been achieved.

4. Soak, soak, soak! Next, fill up a basin or sink with hot water. Add a scoop of OxiClean and let the soiled garment sit for at least 30 minutes. This will help further remove any leftover dirt.

5. Wash as normal. After a good soaking, it’s into the washing machine with a gentle baby detergent. We love The Laundress Baby Detergent because it’s allergen-free, yet powerful enough to clean and brighten, and it smells divine.

6. Hang to dry. After the wash, hang your freshly cleaned baby duds out to dry. There should be no sign of the once soiled area, but if there is a slight discoloration, consider drying in the sun, as sunshine is a natural stain fighter.

Cheers to clean baby clothes!

 

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