At Dreft, we believe motherhood is a journey of Amazinghood, but let’s face it, no journey comes without bumps in the road! Motherhood captures all the amazing moments that give you the thrills, chills, and yes, the spills. Day-to-day life with a little one means adorable outfits that always seem to end up with mysterious stains, and getting stains out of baby clothes is not fun and games.
Because not every stain is the same, we decided to sort typical baby stains into two categories based on the baby’s age and the specific stains that many moms face when doing the laundry. Here’s our handy guide to cleaning baby clothes stains!
What You’ll Find Below
Removing Newborn Baby Stains
Despite to their small stature, newborn babies sure are experts in creating big messes that will leave you pondering one of the most vital questions known to parentkind: “How will I ever get this clean?” Maybe you’ve just finished feeding your baby either breast milk or formula, and he then seemed to burp up his whole meal. Or, maybe the diaper leaked, and now there’s poop all over your little newcomer. Other commonplace newborn baby stains can include urine, baby oils, and creams. No matter how serious the stain situation looks, don’t worry: We’ve all been there.
As the #1 pediatrician-recommended baby laundry detergent, Dreft Stage 1: Newborn HE Liquid Laundry Detergent is perfect for cleaning all your newborn's delicate clothes, including onesies, baby booties, baby socks, shirts, dresses, hats, coats, and bibs. Stage 1 is also perfect for other baby fabrics, including bedding, blankets, sheets, towels, swaddlers, burp cloths, cloth rattles… the list goes on!
If you have a specific newborn baby stain you’re looking to remove, check out our other articles on the topic:
Removing Active Baby Stains
When your baby has mastered the art of crawling and starts to explore the world, things can get even messier – just ask blogger mom Vera Sweeney what she has to say on the topic of active baby stains. From grass and dirt to new foods, your adventurous little one will surprise you with a whole new range of stains on his cute onesie. Remember, this is the time when your infant begins his eventful journey with solid foods. He’ll probably try out more foods in a year than you will for the rest of your life. And don’t expect your baby to like everything you put in front of him, either. Best case scenario? He’ll just spit it out onto his bib or burp cloth. Worst case scenario? He’ll send that spoonful of pureed squash flying right onto your shirt.
Dreft Stage 2: Active Baby HE Liquid Laundry Detergent gets out 99% of food and crawling stains from baby clothing, including pajamas, dresses, sweaters, shirts, coats, hats, baby socks, baby shoes, and bibs. It’s also perfect for cleaning bedding and other baby fabrics, including sheets, blankets, towels, and cloth toys.
Here is a list of articles about some time-honored active baby stains and how to get rid of them:
How to Remove Stains From Baby Clothes
Regardless of the kind of mess you’re dealing with, you can get rid of most baby clothing stains by following our simple, step-by-step guide:
Fresh stains are always easier to remove than stains that have had time to set. Save yourself time in the long run, and jump on those stains ASAP.
DREFT’S TIP: If you don’t have time to wash the stained baby clothes right away, let
them soak in cool water with some hypoallergenic laundry detergent mixed in.
DREFT’S TIP: If you don’t have time to wash the stained baby clothes right away,
let them soak in cool water with some hypoallergenic laundry detergent mixed in.
Whether it’s a solid stain like mud or sweet potato or a liquid such as urine or breast milk, your best bet for getting great results is brushing off or blotting any excess with a clean paper towel before rinsing the garment under cold, running water (hot water is a big no-no, because it can set the stains even deeper into the fibers).
Treat the soiled area with a baby-skin friendly liquid detergent, and let it sit for five minutes. Or, use the innovative Dreft Portable Pretreater Pen to give your bundle of joy’s outfit a fighting chance.
Additionally, you can use Dreft Laundry Stain Remover for even more efficient stain removal. Just spray directly onto the stain, rub it in, and wait five minutes before moving onto the next step.
DREFT’S TIP: In case you’re dealing with an especially stubborn stain, soak the
garment in a solution of one part cold water and one part white, distilled vinegar,
then wash as usual. Don’t worry, the vinegar smell will miraculously disappear once
the clothing has completely dried.
DREFT’S TIP: In case you’re dealing with an especially stubborn stain, soak the garment in a solution of one part cold water and one part white, distilled vinegar, then wash as usual. Don’t worry, the vinegar smell will miraculously disappear once the clothing has completely dried.
Measure out the correct amount of laundry detergent by using the dosing cap, and pour it into the detergent dispenser if you have a high-efficiency washing machine, or directly into the drum if you have a regular washer.
First, read the instructions on the stained garments’ fabric care labels before placing the clothes inside the drum. You don’t want to ruin your bambino’s favorite blanket forever over a one-time spill, right?
Wash on the hottest temperature and wash cycle setting indicated by the fabric care labels.
Unload the clothes immediately after the cycle is complete. Check the wet laundry for stains before hanging the clothes on a rack or tossing them in the dryer. If you still see stains, rinse, and then repeat the above steps until you’re satisfied with the outcome.
DREFT’S TIP: Don’t machine dry the stained clothing until you’re 100 percent sure
that the stain has been removed.
DREFT’S TIP: Don’t machine dry the stained clothing until you’re 100 percent sure that the stain has been removed.