Once you gave birth to your baby, anticipate a lot of baby stains in your house. As adorable as your baby looks and acts like, your little one can produce an amazing amount of dirty laundry. The laundry load always seemed to double, at times triple, with your newborn baby. By learning the basics of laundry stain removal, you can easily adjust to this new household cleaning responsibility.
Below is a short list of stain removal guidelines you can use in washing baby laundry. However, you should always double check the specific laundering instructions for common fabrics such as cotton, silk, wool, etc.
The key to successfully take out stains on baby clothes is to treat them immediately. If there are remnants of the stain, make sure you scrape it all off before you treat it or wash it. Soak the item in cool water to help loosen the stain.
Protein stains include formula, breast milk, food stains, spit ups, and waste. With this kind of stain, you’ll need a small amount of an enzyme cleaner and a soft-bristled brush. The enzyme cleaner will digest the protein and make it easier to remove. Leave the enzyme cleaner on the stained area as per instruction. If there are stains left, you can treat it with a regular stain remover formula.
Oil or Grease Stains
Oil stains include baby oil, creams, and petroleum jelly. To clean out this type of stain, prepare cornstarch or talcum powder. This should help absorb the oil. After 15 to 20 minutes, scrape off the powder. Apply a combination pre-treater. You can then toss it in with the rest of the laundry.
Fruits and Vegetable Stains
This type of stain is quite challenging. There are certain substances in plants that can leave a mark on clothes for a long time. If not treated properly, it might become impossible to remove. As pre-treatment, create a vinegar solution. Mix one part vinegar and two parts water in a container. Apply it to the stain with an eyedropper. Let the solution sit for 10 minutes max. Apply a combination solvent and wash the garment in regular cycle.