The Best (and Easiest) Way to Clean Stains from Baby Clothes
You know it, I know, it, we’ve all been there. You have this sweet little baby and that baby makes major messes…especially in the beginning! For me, both of my kids loved to have diaper blowouts. Oooh, I can remember all too well being in the middle of Joann Fabrics when I heard Baby A make a heck of a noise and I had to hightail it out of the store. She was probably about a month or so old and it took me about 3 minutes to get to the car. I just knew what I was in for. I got to the car, took her out of the car seat and boom it was all the way up her back! YIKES! Those were the early days when she wore a lot of onesies and I’d be darned if I lost one.
Fast forward to a desperate trip down the laundry aisle and there it was, the BEST cleaning weapon I’ve ever added to my arsenal…Shout Free and Clear (P.S. This is not a sponsored post, I’m just sharing what has worked wonderfully for me and my family). I’m a big fan of free and clear products as my children have had terrible bouts with eczema. Free & Clear products are great because they are free of dyes and perfumes. In all honesty this product has literally taken out every stain I’ve tossed it’s way…even stains that were a couple of days old. Check out the bottom of this post for some before and after pictures if you dare! 😉
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I’ve had a lot of trial and error with washing the kid’s clothes! Here is the method I currently use to wash our laundry:
- Sort baby clothes into lights and darks (I personally don’t separate whites, just lump it all into lights, but please do whatever is best for your family)
- Fill the washing machine with cold water and set to the delicate cycle. I’ve noticed that if you wash your laundry in cold water stains don’t typically set. If you miss pre-treating a stain and catch it before you put it in the dryer, you may be able to remove the stain. Side note, if your washing machine allows you to adjust the water level, make sure to adjust the setting if you’ve got a smaller load of laundry. This will help you to conserve water!
- As you’re putting the clothes in the washer examine each piece. Generously spray each stain with the Shout Free and Clear and scrub to really get the product in there. Put the clothing to the side and let it sit while you’re loading the rest of your laundry into the machine.
- Once all of the unsoiled clothes are loaded into the washer add the pre-treated clothes. If possible soak your clothes for a bit. For me, I have a top-loading washer, so I leave the lid open and let the clothes soak for 20 minutes or so, then close the lid for the cycle to finish.
- When the cycle is complete, inspect each piece of clothing before placing in the dryer or on a drying rack. If you notice a stain that didn’t quite come out, or a stain you missed, pre-treat with the Shout Free and Clear and set aside to air dry. Toss those items in the next load of your kiddos laundry and the stains should come out!
Things I’ve Learned
- In my opinion kid’s clothes tend to shrink. I’ve noticed that washing clothes (even my own!) on a delicate cycle with cold water tends to keep them longer.
- My kids have dealt with awful eczema, so I use All Free and Clear for all of our laundry. They’ve recently come out with odor relief that has worked wonders for our laundry, especially with Baby A potty training! (Again, this is not a sponsored post, this product has just worked so well for us!) I haven’t linked to the All Free and Clear here as the price was significantly higher on Amazon than most grocery or drug stores! You can usually find it on sale and combine with coupons for a great savings. The Shout Free and Clear that I have linked through Amazon is slightly cheaper than what I typically pay at the grocery store which is usually around $3.99-$4.29.
- Sprinkle some baking soda in your laundry (in addition to the detergent) to help with odors. Make sure to let it soak to be most effective!
- The method above has worked well for all of our baby messes! Food and blowouts especially! Food stains may require a few treatments to remove the stain, though.
Before & After
I’ve attached a couple of real before and after photos of stains from my kid’s clothes. The striped onesie and outfit (sorry for the visuals!) had actually been sitting for a couple of days before pre-treated and washed. The white onesie was from Baby A eating who knows what!
Do you have any other methods to clean stains from baby clothes? Did this method work for you? Please let me know in the comments section below!