How to Remove Protein Stains on Baby Clothes


Babies are adorable but they manage to badly stain their clothes frequency lot. From food stains to body waste and environment, they could be considered as dirt magnets. The laundry always seems to double when kids arrive. Thus, we have to learn to be expert launderers before they are even born.

The most common stains on baby clothes are protein. Example of protein stains are formula and breast milk, foods, leaky diapers, blood and spit. Of course, there are times when you cannot really avoid messy accidents. Sometimes, the baby needs to pause from drinking and moves away his/her face; or even, coughs out. There are babies who fall asleep with bottles in their mouths. And as they move about in their crib, the milk bottle rolls to the side spilling its contents.

Protein stains are not difficult to remove. It is best if you treat the stain as soon as possible. This would prevent the stain from leaving a mark and odor. Also, this would save you time and energy on the day of the laundry. You could use liquid detergents in washing the stained area. Or, if you prefer, you could use a stain remover.

Soak the clothes in plain water first before adding the detergent. Some mothers prefer to use products with enzymes. The enzymes in the detergent would help break down the protein stain. These organisms will digest the protein of the stain.

If the stain is still there, you could treat the clothes with an all-purpose stain remover. Spray the remover and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, throw it in the washer under regular cycle.

The best and most convenient way in cleaning your baby’s clothes is to determine the kind of stain. Sorting the laundry would allow you to know what garments are stained with protein, grease, or juices. Put in various basins/baskets clothes with same stains and same quality of fabric. This would make clothes cleaner and live longer.

On the other hand, reformulated organic detergents are now available in the market. If you’d want the safest products to use for your children and the environment, you should make a switch to eco-friendly cleaners. These all-natural soaps are 3x more concentrated compared to regular detergents; hence they could effectively remove stains of all sorts. Now that’s a greener option for your baby!

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