Cleaning Tips

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  • Grease stains: Use Dawn dish-washing liquid. Rub into the stain, let dry and wash as normal. Occasionally it will take treating twice.
  • Yellow stains: Mix about 1/2 cup dish-washing detergent (such as Cascade) with 1/2 cup Clorox 2 (treating liquid for colors) in about 1-2 gallons of water. Soak the stained item in the mixture for several hours, then wash as usual. Works for other types of stains as well. You can pre-test on your fabric if necessary.
  • Dish-washing detergent such as Cascade work well for scrubbing up sandals, footwear and other items such as yellow stains on whites. Use it carefully on colors.

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BASIC GUIDE TO LAUNDRY BABY STAIN REMOVAL

Keep in mind that this should be used as a general guideline for baby laundry, but you should always double check the specific laundering instructions for common fabrics that baby clothes are made of.

  1. Scrape off any remnants of what has stained your baby's clothes before you begin treating it for the laundry.
  2. Soak the newly stained item in cool water as this can help to loosen the stain.
  3. Depending on the type of stain, you'll want to treat it in different ways.
    1. For protein stains, including formula, breast milk, most food stains, leaky diapers and spit up, you'll need a small amount of an enzyme cleaner, such as Wisk or Era Plus, and a soft-bristled brush. The enzyme cleaner will digest the protein of the stain. If there is any remaining stain on your baby's clothes, treat with an all-purpose stain remover, such as Shout or Spray N Wash, and then launder in the regular cycle.
    2. Oily or greasy stains, including baby oils, creams, and petroleum jellies, require cornstarch or talcum powder to absorb the oil. After 15-20 minutes, scrap off the powder and apply a combination pre-treater and toss it in with your families laundry.
    3. Fruits, veggies, jams, juices and berries are a little more challenging, but they too can be conquered. To pre-treat, create a vinegar solution which is one part vinegar and two parts water and apply it to the stain with an eyedropper. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then apply a combination solvent and wash in your regular cycle.
  4. Remember, before throwing those freshly washed baby clothes in the dryer, check them over carefully for remnants of the stain. Once they've gone through the dry cycle, the stain is that much harder to get out.
  5. If the pesky stain persists, do another round of pre-treatment and wash again.

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FOR NATURAL STAIN PRE-TREATING

The key to removing spit-up stains is pre-treating. You can toss it in the washing machine within five minutes of the upchucking incident, but without properly pre-treating it, the crud is just going to stay put. For your baby’s clothes, you probably want to avoid the commercially prepared stain treatments like Shout or bleach pens. (If you DO use these on your clothing, always opt for a second rinse cycle.) This is pretty much the universal method:

  1. Remove as much of the spit-up from the surface as possible with a stiff-bristled brush (if it’s old and crusty), or blot with a damp rag (if it’s fresh and wet). Never rub or grind the stuff in.
  2. Coat the stain with baking soda.
  3. Pour club soda over the baking soda and let it fizz.You can scrub it with the brush again if needed. (You’ll probably need to for stuff like formula, prunes, orange vegetables, etc. Breast-milk and other fruit stains can generally just go right into the wash.)
  4. Wash in the warmest water the fabric will allow with a mild detergent. (And remember that more detergent does NOT equal more washing power — it’ll mostly just result in more residue on your clothes and irritation for baby.)
  5. If you’re washing a whole load of stained clothing, try adding a scoop of an oxygen-based cleanser to boost the power/efficiency of your detergent.
  6. Line or air dry whenever possible — the dryer will just cause the stain to set. Once you’ve determined that you’ve removed the stain, you can let the item tumble dry.

Depending on how old the stain is (and whether it’s been sent through the dryer on high), this method should work on old stains. I’ve read complaints that certain types of formula, unfortunately, just flat-out cause impossible stains. I’ve also read that old breast-milk stains will fade if you lay them flat in the sunlight after washing.

If the baking soda/club soda method doesn’t work, move on to the Shout or some other on-the-spot laundry product. Brush/dab, pre-treat, wash on warm (or a warm soak/cold wash), second rinse, let dry out in the sun.

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