Babies sure can produce a lot of mess, for being such tiny people. Between spit-ups, dropped bottles, potty spills and amount of food flinging, some days it seems as if baby’s wardrobe just doesn’t stand a chance. But those little onesies are way too cute to part with- even after unfortunate run-ins with yet another mashed carrot that found its way onto the high chair seat.
While conventional wisdom may suggest reaching for bleach to zap whatever stain has set in, ammonia is too harsh a chemicals to use. Instead, we recommend tackling spills with gentle alternatives that won’t irritate baby’s sensitive skin. The next time a spill happens, use these natural methods to prevent it from becoming a permanent stain:
They say not to cry over spilled milk, but try telling that to the sleep-deprived parents who’ve spilled precious bottled breast milk for the umpteenth time—all over baby’s new white shirt. Worse, after a day or two waiting in the laundry basket, milk can harden into a sour, yellow mess.
To prevent milk from staining in the first place, immediately rinse off the affected area with cold water. If you’re out (and without a change of clothes for baby), try to at least blot the spill with a clean cloth or paper towel. Work from the outside edge of the stain toward the center.
As soon as you’re able, soak the garment in cold (not warm, as this effectively cooks the milk in further) water for five minutes. Let it sit longer if the stain is dry, then remove.
If some time has passed since the spill—and/or you need an extra stain-removing boost—treat the milk spot with Ace stain remover. Add onto the stained area and agitate with a soft brush (e.g. a paint brush, or soft makeup brush) or by rubbing the fabric together. Wait at least 8 hours (the longer the better). Launder normally with an ‘Extra Rinse’ setting or rinse thoroughly. Repeat if necessary.
Word of caution: Some fabrics are delicate and require special care. Before treating any stain, please make sure to read and follow the care instructions located on each article of clothing.
As with breast milk, the trick to removing formula from clothes is to tackle the spill ASAP.
First, soak the garment in cold water for at least 15 minutes. After it’s soaked through, use a soft brush to scrub away as much of the formula as possible. If the stain persists, treat with soda crystals, following the steps from #1 above.
Since most baby formulas consist primarily of milk, their stains are animal-based—meaning they are high in protein and need to be treated with a stain remover that uses an enzyme called protease. Find out more about the different types of formula from NHS.
If possible, deal with the spit-up immediately by blotting it. If you can’t get around to it till later, when the stain is dry, try to remove any crusty bits with a soft brush.
Coat the spit-up stain with a generous pour of baking soda. Add Carbonated water and let the duo fizz for a minute or two. Pre-treat the stain with stain remover, then wash on a warm cycle with your regular laundry detergent.
Once your baby is on solids, food stains are bound to happen regularly.
To tackle the most common types of food stains, rinse the garment under cold water ASAP. Dab with a bit of laundry detergent and let sit for 30 minutes. Run as normal in the washing machine. Double up with a stain remover if necessary.
The way to remove number 2 (poo) stains from clothing may surprise you—the tried-and-true technique is washing up liquid.
While the stain is still fresh (and after you’ve deposited any solids), rinse the garment in cold, running water from the outside of the fabric. Apply washing up liquid soap directly to the stain, rub it in super well, then rinse with more cold water. Repeat as often as necessary, then apply stain remover before running the garment in the washing machine.
If dealt with immediately, pee is actually fairly easy to remove—just rinse in cold water and toss in the wash.
For any set-in urine stains, soak for 15 minutes in equal parts water and rubbing alcohol. If that removes the stain, simply wash on a hot cycle; if not, soak the garment again in equal parts water and vinegar before running in the wash.
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We also recommend using a hypoallergenic, baby-friendly laundry detergent e.g. Fairy non-bio that is safe for baby skincare. If you’re concerned about any lingering detergent residue, run baby’s load on the extra rinse cycle, or simply run a second plain water cycle.
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