How to Get Baby Food and Other Stains out of Clothes

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While babies are probably the cutest thing you can possibly think of at any given moment, they also have a not-so-cute side, especially when it comes to recklessness and mischievousness. As a parent, you can’t really blame your toddler for not paying attention to the world around them. Instead, you ought to do as much as possible to keep the dirty laundry at a bare minimum and effectively get rid of any pesky food stains by using a few simple methods. 

If you’re struggling to figure out how to get stains out of baby clothes, here are a few simple methods you can use to eliminate virtually any type of stains.

The Preparation Process

This step should always be the first one in the process. There are countless types of stains that require a different approach, but all of them should go through the prep process, regardless of the type. 

The main idea behind this particular step is to scrape and peel any remnants of what has stained your kid’s clothes. This includes food, spit, dirt, and everything else that has a tendency to turn into a crusty nastiness. 

Once you finish scraping, you should soak the clothes in cool water which will significantly loosen the stains. The next step constitutes treating the stain, depending on the type.

Treating Protein Stains

Protein stains are probably the most common nuisance you’re going to fight against throughout your child’s early years. For example, spit, breast milk, formula milk, and the vast majority of food stains all fall into this particular category. 

Luckily, the removal process is fairly simple. All you need is a small amount of enzyme cleaner and a soft-bristled brush. 

The enzyme cleaner is responsible for digesting the protein in the stains, whereas the soft-bristled brush has a pretty obvious purpose. If you encounter any remaining stains after this process, it might be a good idea to use an all-purpose stain remover and subsequently launder the clothes in the regular wash cycle.

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Removing Greasy Stains

Greasy stains tend to be the toughest ones to get rid of, but that doesn’t mean it’s an impossible endeavor. Baby oils, lotions, and crèmes require cornstarch to absorb the oil. You can also use talcum powder if cornstarch isn’t an option.

Let the solution rest for about 15-20 minutes before scraping off the powder and putting it into the washing machine. Bear in mind, it’s completely safe to wash treated clothes with other baby clothes, so there’s no need to do it individually. 

Vegetable Food Stains

Stains from fruits, vegetables and purees are probably the toughest ones to deal with. They require a more thorough treatment, but it’s still completely doable and relatively easy to conquer. 

The prep process consists of creating a vinegar solution and applying it to the stain. The solution should be one part vinegar, and two parts water. Make sure not to experiment too much with the ratio, as 2:1 is proven to be quite effective. Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes before applying a solvent and washing the clothes by using the regular washing cycle.

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How to Prevent Baby Stains?

While getting rid of annoying stains isn’t exactly rocket science, it’s still something you can prevent, or at least, minimize the hassle. Even though you can’t teach a 2-month old baby how to behave properly when food is around, there are a couple of things you can do in order to make it a bit easier to cope with the aftermath. 

For example, a bib or a dickey would be a perfect starting point. Even though many babies struggle to get used to wearing a bib when it’s lunchtime, it’s more of a necessity rather than a choice. You can try and keep things neat and clean without a dickey, but that won’t last long. 

Furthermore, you should dedicate a particular set of clothing just for meal times. In other words, find some dark-colored clothing and dress your baby before the meal. It’s always easier to get rid of stains on dark-colored in comparison to bright-colored clothes. With that being said, many parents decide to eliminate the clothing factor altogether and have their babies go full commando, which is probably the best idea.

As a parent, you are going to fight against numerous challenges until your baby starts comprehending the world around them. While those are mostly sweet troubles, that doesn’t mean they don’t get annoying after a while. Therefore, if you’re looking to alleviate some of the stress of being a responsible parent, don’t hesitate to use whatever shortcut you can use whether it’s about washing clothes, buying toys, or anything else for that matter. 

Removing pesky stains can be a challenging endeavor, but it’s something you can always research and find better ways to deal with. The most important thing to remember is to stay collected and not worry too much about the damage, because at the end of the day – all those little things don’t really matter on a grand scale.

Author: Catherine Evans
Author: Catherine Evans

Catherine is a writer from Canada who simply loves toys, collectibles and superhero figurines. Writing is her passion, but she also loves reading, enjoying her “me time” and finding new ways to improve her work and ways to entertain the readers.

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