Babies produce a considerable amount of dirty laundry, what with the regular feeding and constant peeing and pooping. You have to deal with taking out various kinds of stains and worry about whether your laundry products are mild enough for your baby’s sensitive skin.
When it comes to laundering your baby’s clothes, your best defense is to act fast. First, presoak stained clothes in cool water. Usually water is enough to spots if you get them while they are fresh. Stains that had time to settle will also loosen a bit while they soak in water. You can also try using a soft-bristled nylon brush and a small amount of soap to gently work out a spot. After trying to remove stains and some spots still remain, resort to something stronger. Remember though that your baby’s skin is sensitive. Make sure you rinse the clothes thoroughly. Skip treatments altogether on clothes that will rub against your baby’s skin like cloth diapers or undershirts. Below is a list of the most common baby stains how to take them out the natural way as suggested by Janet Brady, a textile and stain expert at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.
Proteins include breast milk, formula, baby food stains and spit-up. To get rid of the, soak soiled clothes in plain water first, then add an enzyme cleaner such as Wisk or Era Plus. The enzyme will attack the stain and literally digest the protein. If traces of the stain remain, apply a combination solvent (an all-purpose stain remover) then launder as usual.
Oily, greasy stains come from baby oil, petroleum jelly and creams. If still fresh, remove any excess and cover the stained spot with cornstarch or talcum powder to absorb oil. Scrape it off after 10 to 15 minutes. Apply a combination solvent like Shout or Spray ‘n’ Wash, and then launder as usual.
Fruits and Vegetable Stains
Fruits and vegetable stains include juices, jams and berries. To get rid of them, wash out clothes with cool water and then soak in a one-to-one mixture of rubbing alcohol, and water. If the stains come off, wash the clothes as usual. If not, apply a combination solvent such as Shout or Spray ‘n’ Wash and then wash. For persistent stains, lightly bleach spots by soaking them in one-to-one mixture of white vinegar and water.
Poop and Pee Stains
For poop stains, get rid of them the same way you would protein stains. Soak first in cool water, apply an enzyme cleaner like Wisk or Era Plus and then launder as usual. For pee stains, pre-treat the stained area with a table spoon of ammonia that’s been diluted in at least a cup of water. Make sure to test a hidden spot first to see if the fabric is colorfast. Follow the pretreatment with a combination solvent like Shout or Spray ‘n’ Wash then wash as usual. Remember; never mix a product containing chlorine bleach with either ammonia or vinegar as these combinations are toxic.
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