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How to Treat Baby Clothing Stains

March 27, 2016


You hear many people describe something extra soft as “smooth as a baby’s bottom.” So, when the clothing you wrap your baby in needs to get extra, extra clean because of stains that come with a baby, you want the safest methods possible to get those stains out. And, if you’re like me, you’ll want to keep your baby’s clothing stain-free for keepsakes or for any brother or sister that may come along as well.

We’re sharing 5 tips on how to treat baby clothing stains:

Use Baby Detergent 

Baby detergents are hypoallergenic formulas made specifically with newborns and babies in mind. There are many brands available to purchase, including the following brands:

  • Dreft Baby Detergent
  • Charlie’s Soap
  • Biokleen
  • Eco-Me
  • Seventh Generation Free & Clear
  • Dropps

Buy a baby detergent while pregnant to wash all of your baby’s newborn clothes, blankets, onesies, and burp cloths. These types of detergents are also able to tackle cloth diapers, if you decide to use them.


Not only will you be able to get a check-list off your nesting to-do list, you will have leftover laundry detergent ready for all of baby’s wardrobe changes (which there could be a lot of!) when she comes home.

Products to Keep in the Laundry Room

Based on our research for this article, and our own experience, here is a check-list of items and products you’ll want to add to your laundry room products:

+ Baby Detergent

+ Water bottle

+ Ammonia

+ Shout or Spray ‘n Wash

+ Wisk or Biz

+ Towels

+ Baking soda

Cold Water

Cold water will quickly become your friend in the stain game. Before you treat any stain, soak the stain in cold water for at least 30 minutes, if you can. Soak the clothing item in a sink filled with cold water. Spray the spot on top of a towel with extra cold water. Or, treat the stain with an ice cube. Just remember that soaking the stain in cold water is the best first move. Then, treat the stain with the methods below.

Common Stains

With a newborn, the most common stains you will encounter, to put it bluntly, are pee, poo, and spit-up stains.

You may feel like pee stains aren’t something you need to worry about with a run through the washer, but it is the smell that you want to worry most about. For this type of stain, pre-treat the area with a tablespoon of ammonia diluted in at least 1 cup water. Then, be sure to use Shout or Spray ‘n Wash before you toss it in the washer.

For baby’s number twos, you will be surprised how much these accidents occur and how messy they are. To treat this type of stain, soak in water first. Then you’ll want to spray it with an enzyme cleaner such as Wisk or Biz (we prefer Biz). The enzymes in the detergent will help dose the stain, literally digesting the protein.

If after your first attempt the stain still won’t go away, try applying Shout or Spray ‘n Wash and then run through the laundry machine again.

For spit-up stains, you may not think that they are terribly difficult to handle, but you’d be surprised how easily these stains quickly yellow on your baby’s clothing if you don’t handle the stains the right way. To treat them, follow the same steps as any stool stains.

5 Ways to Remove Stains From Baby's Clothes.

All Natural Treatments 

If you’d prefer not to use any chemicals at all on baby’s clothes, you can use these natural products:

+ Baking Soda

Baking Soda is an effective fabric softener, deodorizer, and cleaner.

To use: mix with water to form a paste. Use on stains to absorb odors, or add to water when pre-soaking new clothes to eliminate residue.

+ Borax

This product is a water-soluble mineral with antiseptic, antibacterial, water-softening, and whitening properties. Not only does it make mild soap more effective, but it is a good diaper pre-soak too.

To use: add 1/2 cup to wash.

+ Sodium Perborate

If you’d prefer to use a natural product as an alternative choice to chlorine bleach, use this which is made of borax and hydrogen peroxide.

To use: add 3 tablespoons to wash water to fight stains.

+ White Vinegar

This is a naturally acidic pantry staple that softens water, cuts grease, and can lighten dirty and gray laundry.

To use: add 1/4 cup to wash.

Did you have a favorite fix or product to remove stains from your baby’s clothes?

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Lacey Pappas

Mother of 2 silly boys and a new baby girl. Happily married. Love to laugh, inspire others, take pretty photos, and curl up with a good book.

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