Whether it is fresh or a few days, months, or even years old, the stains from baby spit up or spilled breast milk and formula can be tough to deal with. But there’s hope!
We know you are busy keeping up with your little one, so we took the liberty of doing some research on taking care of those pesky stains. Among blogs, mommy chats, and other articles, these were the top listed tips, tricks, and products:
If you catch the spill or spot right away, before it’s been laundered, it can be easier to treat. But if you find that they’ve slipped your notice, they can still be treated successfully.
Cold Water! Use cold water to rinse the spot or to soak the clothing in. Hot water causes the fat in the milk to “set” the stain and it can be harder to remove. Neutralizing the fat makes for easier removal.
Pre-treat! Pretreating the stain before washing can lead to better results. Examine the garment after pretreatment but before washing it. If you can still see the stain after pretreatment, treat it again. Sometimes letting it set longer can pull the stain out of the fabric.
Dawn Dish soap! It’s known for cutting grease so it should cut the fat in the cloth left from the spit up. Rub a bit in the stain, let it sit, then wash as normal.
OxiClean! Pretreat and then wash the article in cold water. If the stain is still there, soak in Oxi-Clean for an hour and then wash again. You can repeat this step until you achieve the results you are looking for. Some report they have soaked the garment for up to 24 hours to remove the stain.
Babyganics Stain and Odor Remover ! I’ve heard this is a game changer in the pursuit of stain-free baby clothes. Simply spray, let sit, rinse, and launder. This can make the item look like new!
Sunshine! That’s right. Good, old fashioned sunshine! Lay the clothes in direct sunlight for a few hours and the stain should fade. This works on year(s) old stains as well. Nothing like some natural “bleach” to freshen your baby clothes.
This last tip comes from my mom that raised 12 kids and experienced many spit-ups. Mix warm water and baking soda together in a bowl. Use to wet a few washcloths and then place them in a ziplock that then goes in your diaper bag. If baby spits up on you while you are out, use one of these cloths to clean the spot. The baking soda helps neutralize the scent. Your garment will still need to be treated when you get home to prevent staining but you won’t have to smell like sour milk while you are out.
If you are hoping to save or store your little one’s clothes for future babies or as a keepsake, cleaning them before storing can help prevent stains appearing with time. If you go back months or years later and the clothing has those pesky stains, try some of the methods above to see if the outfits can be freshened up before discarding them.
We hope you find success with these methods and can keep your and your little one’s clothes stain free!