Quick Tip: Baby Stain Removal Tried & True Techniques

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Lucky me, I have some new babies in my life since several of my relatives have recently had babies and are about to have a little one join the family.  So fun!  So, when guest post writer, Kay Escobia asked to share her tried and true techniques for all kinds of baby stains from spit up stains to food residue and more, we decided that we would run this article for the new moms in my life and for the parents (and grandparents) of the wee little ones who read this blog.

My own little baby girl back in 2002 making her own little food stains on her bib!

Some excellent quick tips here to keep your home baby-stain-free.  Check out Kay’s tips:

Kay says:

When you have a little child in the house, baby stains are unavoidable. Babies are lovely, but they generate an incredible amount of dirty laundry. You could always go to a laundry shop nearby or go to a laundry expert, and you can implement some DIY techniques as well. This is a quick how-to instruction guide for removing stains from clothes, specifically baby stains.

Image from our guest writer who obtained picture from iStockphoto 

Keep in mind that this is only a basic guideline for baby laundry; you should always double-check the individual laundering guidelines for typical infant materials.

Preparation for Stain Removal

First, scrape out any traces of whatever has soiled your baby’s clothes, such as food or spit up, before you start treating it for the laundry. After that, immerse the newly stained object in cold water to release the stain. Following that, you’ll want to treat the stain differently depending on the type of stain.

Most Common Stains and How to deal with them

1.   Spit-up

Using a stiff bristle brush, scrape away any debris without grinding. After that, apply baking soda to the discoloration. Allow for a few minutes to settle before adding club soda to create a lifting fizz. Put that bad boy in the washing with a light detergent on the warmest setting the fabric will tolerate.

2.   Baby food

Scrape away any food particles with a gentle scraper, then turn the garment inside out and wash it in cold water to flush it. Submerge the item in cold water for about 15 minutes after applying a liquid laundry detergent to the stain. Rinse, then use a stain remover and throw it in the washer on the highest heat setting.

3.   Baby Oil

Apply a little glob of dish soap to the fabric directly. Then, until the dish soap is gone, rinse the soiled area with warm water. Next, use a specific laundry stain remover to pre-treat the stain before placing the clothing in the washer in the hottest setting available.

4.   Baby Poop

To begin, scrape away any excess mess above a toilet, if possible. After that, flush the garment by running it inside out under cold water. Apply a liquid detergent on the stain and soak it in warm water for 30 minutes to presoak it. Finally, wash them at the hottest temperature possible in the washing machine.

5.   Baby Pee

Run the garment inside-out under cold water to flush the area. Then, apply a liquid laundry detergent to the stain and soak it in cold water for 30 minutes to pretreat it. Put the fabric in the washer in the hottest setting the machine will allow.

After Washing

Remember to inspect your freshly cleaned baby items for stain residues before tossing them into the dryer. The discoloration is far more difficult to remove once they’ve gone through the drying cycle. If the stain remains, repeat the pre-treatment and washing process. Always remember and be careful about the bleach you use, depending on the garment.

Preventing Baby Stains

The easiest way to get rid of baby stains is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Bibs are an excellent way to protect garments from stains such as food, milk, and juice. Bumkins Bibs, waterproof plastic bibs with pockets that catch food bits, are great for protecting garments from food and liquids. They’re also simple to clean and rinse.


Guest writer bio: 

Kay Escobia –   Kay is an SEO content producer and web content writer of Liox Laundry.  It is her passion to help readers ease their day-to-day dilemmas through her articles.


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