How To Get Stains Out of Baby Clothes – Detergent or Natural?

Babies bring joy to our lives from the very moment they are born into this world. They also bring with them a lot of responsibilities which as a parent, I enjoy taking care of and I bet you do too. The problem is babies tend to get their laundry dirty very often with a lot of stains. The problem most parents face is how to get stains out of baby clothes.

A lot of care must be taken when choosing the right method to get stains out of baby clothes. There are a lot of chemical products out there which remove stains, but most of them won’t be friendly to your baby’s skin hence as a parent, you must ensure that you use natural and safe products.

When it comes to the choice of detergents, most parents are always in a dilemma. You would want the best detergent that leaves fabric soft and clean hence you will go for mild products. But the problem is, the cleaning properties of most of these mild products are not that strong making you compromise with some stains.

The degree of staining will depend on how old your baby is. For young babies that are not yet able to walk and play outside, most of the stains will be food stains or as a result of leaky diapers. For older babies, like my two little brats aged 2 and 4, you will have to deal with a lot of stains.

How to Get Stains Out of Baby Clothes – Detergent or Natural?

Can All Types Of Stains Be Removed By The Same Method?

No way. Each and every stain has different properties hence would require different types of detergents or methods to remove them. Most parents who have had babies for the first time tend to think it is possible but with time they realize how stubborn some stains can be.

How Do I Fight These Stains?

When your brats come home after a long day of play and play, the first step is to ensure that you determine which type of mess has stained their clothes. After that, half of the battle would have been won since you know what parents? Fighting these stubborn stains is war, so you better get your armors ready. Your weapon will be the methods you use to get these stains succumb to your cleaning.

Causes These Stubborn Stains

Since babies are very playful and active, you never know what stains they will have all over their shirts hence these stains are likely to be as a result of the following:

- Sauce

- Baby food

- Grease

- Crayons

- Deodorants

- Grass

- Ice creams

Other causes of stains can be as a result of piling dirty baby clothes while they are damp.


Dealing With Sauce Stains

When dealing with such stains, the best detergent to use is the Clorox stain remover. All you have to do is mix the stain remover with hot water, usually half a cup. You then wash the stained cloth inside and after that you rinse it. You can use the Clorox regular bleach for white clothes.

What Of Baby Food Stains?


For small babies, this is the type of stain that you are mostly going to deal with.

First of all, you will have to ensure that the excess food is removed from the clothing by rinsing it water. Please make sure that you don't rub the stains on the clothing as this would only make them stick on the fabric. Just wash gently.

Since most baby foods are proteins, the best detergent choice will be a detergent with an enzyme cleaner such as Era plus. When you apply the enzyme cleaner, the proteins will be digested by the enzyme. After that, you can wash as usual.

Greasy Stains

These may include petroleum jelly or baby oil. For such stains, the first thing to do is to try and absorb the excess oil by using talcum powder. After that, you can use solvents that will dissolve the oil stains. The best solution would be a detergent called shout, but you can use any that suits you best or one that is available as long as it won't be irritating to your baby's skin. After removing the grease, you can then wash as usual.

Grass Stains

Grass stains can be a little tricky especially if it stains a white clothing. The first thing to do is to ensure that you soak the clothing in warm water for about half an hour. You can then treat it with a laundry stain remover like Clorox. Clorox is suitable since it is friendly to the skin. You can then wash the clothing in hot water.

Below are links you can click to watch videos on how to remove stains from baby clothes for more information.

What If I Don’t Want To Use Chemicals?

For those that don’t like using chemicals, there are a lot of natural options out there that are as suitable as using detergents and at the same time safe to your baby’s skin. Sometimes it’s good to go natural. I have tried it a lot of times, and it is as good and perfect as using chemical detergents with a bonus benefit of not worrying about skin irritation. As long as you have the following items, you will be good to go.

- Baking soda

- Vinegar

- Lemon juice

- Hydrogen peroxide

The best natural detergent to use is the hydrogen peroxide. It works miracles while at the same time it is very safe to the skin and maintains the fabric's softness. All you have to do is soak the stained clothing in 3% hydrogen peroxide. It will work magic on the clothing just like chemical bleach. Another advantage of using this natural wonder bleach is that it removes all sorts of stains.

Another natural way of removing stains from baby cloth that I recently discovered is using a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice. This can remove any stain on your baby cloth while at the same time making the garment whiter. It is, therefore, important to use it on white clothes that have been stained. It works the like a bleacher only that it is natural hence it will be friendly to your baby's skin.

For more information, you can click the video links below to watch the videos.

Therefore, as much as we may want to make our babies' clothes stain free, we should ensure that the detergents we use are very safe for their skin. Most detergents and bleaches contain chemicals that may cause irritation on the skin as some are too aggressive.

You can either decide to use mild detergents to do your baby's laundry or can choose to go the natural way by using homemade detergents.

I hope that this article was of help to you. After reading this article, you should be stress-free while doing your baby since you now know how to remove any type of stains including the tough ones.

You can also click the link below and see more ideas on how to get stains out of baby clothes on Pinterest.

Kristi Cathey

Hi everyone! My name is Kristi Cathey and I’m glad you found your way to my blog. I am a mother of 3 beautiful angels. This blog was created in order to share my personal experiences in baby care and general health care for pregnant women. If you'd like to get in touch with me, please contact me by sending me an email via kristicathey.[email protected]. Welcome to

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