How to Get Baby Poop Stains out of Clothes

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All babies look cute when they make that ‘pooping face’, but you actually never know how messy it’s going to get every time. There are times when they just poop, you wipe them and change their diaper, but there are times when things get a bit messier and, so to say, runny, especially if your child has been constipated for a while. 

You’ve probably witnessed your baby having a massive blowout that their poop went up to their back and ruined all their clothes or even their sheets. And to make things worse, your baby might’ve worn those cute little jammies you both like so much, but now they’re covered in poop stains. Sometimes, the poop even gets all over your clothes and even carpets. There is no stopping it once it starts blowing out, but you shouldn’t panic. The question that pops into your mind is whether you’re going to buy them new jammies or you’re going to spend hours getting the stain out. 

Luckily, there are ways to clean such pesky stains, and here is a simple guide on how to get poop stains out of baby clothes, cloth diapers, and even carpets.

Natural or Synthetic Cleaning Products?

The first decision you’re going to encounter here is whether you want to use natural cleaning products or synthetic ones. The choice is entirely personal – some mothers use natural products because of safety factors, but some natural products aren’t effective enough to entirely remove the stains and mothers decide to use synthetic ones. Plus, some of the products you would like to use may not be easily accessible in your town, so you have to find the alternatives.

How to Get Poop Stains out of Clothes

No matter what clothes got stained and you want to know how to get baby poop stains out, you need to know what are the safe products for such purpose. If the stain got on the cloth diapers, your baby’s clothes or even your own, you should make sure that the stain remover or detergent you want to use is cloth safe. To do so, you can check online detergent indexes and check the safety level of a cleaning agent you chose. 

After you’ve made sure everything is safe, here is how to get poop stains out of baby clothes or any other piece of clothing, step by step.

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Remove the Poop

The first step, of course, is to remove the poop from the clothes. You can do that by rinsing the poop off as soon as possible. This is easy to do if the poop is on clothes, but if by any chance poop ended up on carpets, pick up as much poop as possible by using a plastic bag or rubber gloves, so you don’t mash it further into the carpets and floors.

Soak in Water

Next thing to do is to get those poop-stained clothes and soak them in warm water. However, if you’re trying to get the stain out of cloth diapers or carpets, it’s best to use a spray bottle to soak the area in question.

Use a Stain Remover

When it comes to choosing a stain remover, you basically have three options. And the agent you’re going to choose is probably going to depend on how much the stain is “heavy”. So, let’s see your options.

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You can fill a bucket with dried beans or rice and burry small toys throughout, and then you can invite the child to remove their socks and step into the bucket. Have them find the toys using only their feet and to pick the objects out by curling their toes to pick them. The movement will activate their arch muscles and align their feet better.

Natural stain removers

  • The first natural remover you can choose is a stain stick, such as Buncha Farmers. To use it, simply rub the stain stick right onto the soaked stain. Another option is grating the stain stick into a spray bottle and mixing it with hot water and spraying it onto the stain. 
  • The second remedy is lemon juice. Lemon is a strong agent and you can squirt a bit of it directly onto the soaked stain. Also, you can combine ¼ cup of lemon juice with 1 cup of water into the spray bottle and spray on the stained area.

Synthetic stain removers

  • The first option here is OxiClean White Revive or any similar product. And on how to get poop stains out of baby clothes, cloth diapers or carpets with this agent, you simply pour some of it onto the wetted stain. 
  • When it comes to spraying agents, you can use Shout Stain Remover or any product like that one.

Home remedies and removers

Besides these two options, there are also homemade remedies that can help to remove poop stains. For example, you can mix hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and Dawn dish soap to get an effective remedy. Use two parts peroxide, one part Dawn and one part baking soda and always have a safe poop stain remover at hand.

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Scrub and Let Sit

After you have chosen your desired stain remover and applied it onto the stan, your next step is to scrub. You can use a spare toothbrush to scrub the stained area, or an old brush, and make sure to scrub thoroughly so the cleaning agent can get deep into the cloth. After you’re done scrubbing let the clothes sit for at least 15 minutes. This will give enough time to stain remover to perform its magic and dissolve poop particles.

Wash Thoroughly

After you’ve let the clothes sit for about 15 minutes, the next step is to wash those garments or diapers. You can do this normally like any time you wash clothes. You can put in the washing machine with the rest of the clothes, wash them by hand or even leave them in the basket until next wash. However, when washing, make sure that the laundry detergent is safe for cloth and your baby. 

On the other hand, if this is all about how to get baby poop stains out of carpets, after letting the stain soak and sit, you can use a spray bottle to rinse. Just make sure to put cold water in the bottle, spray until you see it is rinsed and pat dry with a towel or put it under a fan.

Dry in the Sun

The last step is to dry the clothes, diaper cloth or carpets, and it’s best if you can let it dry in the sun. So, if possible, take the clothes or carpets outside and hang them on the wire. Just remember to turn the clothes inside-out if they are colored or have any prints on them in order to prevent fading.

How to Prevent Poop Stains

Now that you know how to get poop stains out of baby clothes, it’s okay to learn how to even prevent such a mess. If there are already enough onesies and jammies ruined by poop stains, you should know that a cloth diaper can really help you prevent greater messes. These are great at preventing blowouts because of their shape and elastic gussets around the legs and waist. So, it is a good idea to invest in a few of the cloth diapers that you can use to protect the plastic diaper and prevent poop stains. Yes, you will have to clean those after blowouts, but it’s better to get those ruined than baby’s clothes. 

What is more, if you use cloth diapers over the disposable ones, you won’t have to change your baby’s clothes every time they poop. Plus, you won’t have to get them to the bathtub after every explosion. Not to mention how the number of poop-stained clothes will reduce. 

On the other hand, if you’re already using cloth diapers, you can cut up fleece liners for the diapers which will catch the poop and once again prevent stains. The poop that got caught on the fleece will come off easily, especially if your baby is on solid food. So look for cheap fleece blankets and you can easily get around 30 liners from one blanket.

Of course, we all want to avoid any poop stains on anybody’s clothes. However, sometimes that’s not possible, because you never know if a blowout is going to occur. It is good to know how to prevent such occurrences, like with cloth diapers, but sometimes not even that will stop the poop from staining everything. That is why it’s always a good idea to know exactly how to get poop stains out of baby clothes, cloth diapers, carpets, and whatnot. 

Motherhood is messy because our little ones need help in order to become adults who will then remove their baby’s poop from their clothes. Just remember to remove the poop, soak the clothes, use a stain remover of your liking and to thoroughly scrub the stained area. After all, that’s done, you will be sure that no stain will ruin those cute little pants, shirts, jammies, and even your household items.

Author: Jonathan M. Ward
Author: Jonathan M. Ward

Himself a father of two, John is obsessed with getting the most out of every children’s product on the market, finding value wherever it can be found. His years of study in developmental psychology coupled with his passion for parenting make him an invaluable asset to our team.

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