How to Remove Specific Stains from Baby Clothing
Proteins — This includes breast milk, formula, spit-up, and most food stains. Soak the garment first in cool water and then carefully pre-treat the stain with a dab of neat non-bio liquid detergent – just remember to follow the instructions on the label and test the product on a small, inconspicuous area of the garment first to ensure colour integrity. Then launder the clothes as usual, following the instructions provided by the garment care tags.
Leaky Nappies — Dirty nappies are never pleasant, but are inevitable with babies. Excrement should be treated in the same way as any protein stain – see above – but you can try adding a few tablespoons of white distilled vinegar to the water when pre-soaking. For a urine stain, dilute one tablespoon of ammonia in one cup of water. Once again, test this solution first on a small, inconspicuous part of the garment to make sure it’s colourfast. If so, saturate the stain with ammonia solution, then apply either neat non-bio detergent or a specialised stain remover, and launder as usual. Never combine ammonia or vinegar with a product containing chlorine bleach as this can create a toxic gas.
Oily, Greasy Stains — Baby oil, creams, and petroleum jelly can be easily treated. Once you remove any excess substance, cover the stained area with cornflour, talcum powder, or baking soda. This will absorb the oil. After 15 minutes, scrape this off, pre-treat as above, and launder as you usually would.
Fruit and Vegetable Stains — Spills involving juice or baby food often happen at the table. Flush these stains out of the cloth with cool water. If the mark remains, create a mixture of equal parts rubbing alcohol and water, and soak in this solution. Apply neat liquid non-bio detergent as a pre-treatment or use a stain remover, and launder.