Cleaning up vomit, even if it’s your own baby’s, isn’t a pleasant job. This is especially tricky for first-time mothers. However, if you know the right technique and are armed with the right cleaning products, you’ve won half the battle!
Follow this step-by-step guide to get rid of vomit stains and stench from your baby’s clothes.
Step 1: Dab with Napkins
First, take some napkins and dab the stain to soak up as much vomit as possible.
Step 2: Soak in Warm Water
Take a bucket filled with warm water. Do not use boiling water as it can cause your baby’s clothes to shrink. Put the vomit stained clothes in the bucket and let it soak for about 20 minutes.
Step 3: Use Liquid Detergent
Apply some liquid detergent on the stain and gently rub it. Leave it on for 20–30 minutes. This will lift the stain and mask the smell, making the cleaning process easier.
Step 4: Wash the Clothes
Before you wash your baby’s clothes, you need to check the care label to determine if you need to hand-wash or machine-wash them. If the care label suggests machine-wash, use cold water with a mild detergent to wash the garments. If hand-washing is recommended, take a bucket of cold water, add mild detergent to it and wash your clothes.
Step 5: Use a Fabric Softener
Take a bucket of cold water and add a cap-full of fabric softener. Soak the clothes in this bucket for 10 minutes. This not only makes the clothes soft but also adds a fresh fragrance to them.
Step 6: Dry the Clothes
The final step is to dry your baby’s clothes. Avoid drying them in direct sunlight. Instead, hang them out and allow them to dry naturally. Once dry, inspect your baby’s clothes carefully to ensure that there is no stain left.
If you follow these steps, washing vomit stains from your baby’s clothes is easy.