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The Best Stain Remover for Kids Clothes

Kids are playful and their clothes will always have stubborn stains. In this guide we'll help you find the best stain remover for kids clothes.


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Kids with stained clothes

Every life stage in children comes with its own set of common stains. For babies, you’re often dealing with milk stains or poop stains on their little baby grows. For toddlers, they’ll often have mud stains or paint stains from a fun day at playschool. For tweens and teens, you’ll be dealing with grass stains from a tough soccer match, or make-up stains from a practice session with friends.

Stains are as common as colds when it comes to kids. The good news is, they can be removed! We’ve put together an easy guide on the best stain removers for kids’ clothes, tackling the most common stains from food to mud and grass.

Most Common Stains on Kids’ Clothes

Yellow Spots on Baby Clothes

The most common question we get asked here at Cleanipedia by new moms is, how do you get yellow stains out of baby clothes? Yellow stains or spots are common on baby clothes thanks to the amount of milk they usually spew up – whether it be breast milk or formula. The milk can leave a yellow stain on the clothes. Luckily there’s an easy way to remove it. Here’s how:

  • Mix a paste of a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, like Sunlight Dishwashing Liquid.

  • Rub the solution gently onto the spot with an old, soft toothbrush and leave it to soak in.

  • Wash the clothes in the washing machine on a gentle cycle using a laundry detergent that is safe for babies' sensitive skin like Sunlight Baby Washing Liquid. Make sure you also use a good fabric softener like Comfort Pure, which is perfect for babies.

Mud and Paint Stains on Toddler's Clothes

Having a toddler in the house is probably going to be your busiest time for stain removal. Because they are constantly exploring, learning and messing, it can mean that they get a lot more stains on their little clothes. Here are our suggestions for the best stain remover for toddler’s clothes that will tackle just about any common stain:

  • From grass to blood, food and mud stains, try a paste of baking soda and vinegar (in equal parts). Simply rub the paste into the stain and let it soak in.

  • Or mix one part dishwashing liquid with two parts hydrogen peroxide and gently scrub the stain.

  • Once you’ve pre-treated the stain, wash the garments on a normal cycle with a good quality washing powder or liquid detergent like OMO Auto Washing Powder.

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You’re also going to need to read these helpful blogs when it comes to chocolate stains and slime:

Grass and Make-Up Stains on Kids' Clothes

When it comes to pre-teens and teenagers, they may not be as experimental or messy with things around them, but they are still going to give you a run for your money when it comes to stains. Grass stains are one of the most common here’s how to remove grass stains from clothes:

  • Toothpaste is going to be your best ally – just make sure it’s white toothpaste and not a blue or green gel type.

  • Rub the toothpaste into the grass stain with an old, soft toothbrush. Then add a few drops of water onto that and scrub it for a few more seconds. Keep repeating until the stain has lifted.

  • Wash the clothing as per normal using a great quality washing powder like OMO Hand Washing Powder.

Do you have a young lady in the house that loves experimenting with make-up? Read our blog on hacks to remove makeup stains to save your sanity now.

Read more laundry tips and tricks on how you can remove stains from your clothes.

Frequently Asked Questions on Removing Stains from Kid's Clothes

What is the best stain remover for toddler clothes?

For toddlers' clothing, we’ve suggested that you either try baking soda and vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing liquid as great stain remover ideas. Read our blog above for more info.

How do you remove tough stains on kid's clothes?

The key to removing tough stains on kid's clothing is to act as quickly as possible. The sooner you get to treating the stain the easier it will be to remove.

Does baking soda remove stains?

Baking soda with water or vinegar makes a great solution or paste for removing stains.

What is the best product to remove stains from clothes?

Once you’ve removed the stain as best you can, we recommend washing your clothes in the washing machine with OMO Auto Washing Powder for great results. Or if you’re hand washing your clothing, try Surf Hand Washing Powder.

How do you get old stains out of baby clothes?

If you’re trying to get old, yellow stains out of baby clothes, we recommend a solution of hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing liquid. Read our blog above for more details.

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