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How to Remove Stains from Baby Clothes

6 minute read / For your Baby

There are some universal truths in the world—water is wet, the sun rises in the east, and babies are adorable mess-makers. Babies tend to dirty their clothes in dozens of ways, from baby food stains to poop stains, leaving new parents feeling as if they’re constantly doing laundry. You might also find your personal tried-and-true tricks to eliminating stains won’t work for your little one’s wardrobe. 

So how do you get stains out of baby clothes? Well, you start with this guide. 

Luckily, we have some great baby-safe cleaning products that are gentle on their skin and will clean anything from a baby bottle to a onesie with poop stains. We’ll answer your most pressing questions about how to completely remove stains from your baby’s clothing

Pre-Soak Stains Before They Set

While it can be cute watching your baby be silly and make a mess, it's not as cute cleaning up afterwards. Learning how to clean baby clothes, and especially how to remove stains from baby clothes, is very important. Rather than waiting for a stain to set and potentially ruin your little one’s favorite onesie, you can take preemptive action with the following pre-soak strategies:

We recommend using products that feature the Safer Choice logo. Safer Choice products are safer for the environment and perform just as well as traditional cleaners, minus the harmful ingredients. With Safer Choice, you can feel confident that every ingredient in your stain remover has been reviewed to meet some of the strictest criteria to ensure the health of you and your little one.

3 Pre-Soak Treatments Safe for Baby Clothes

When considering a pre-soak treatment for your baby’s clothes, think carefully before pulling one off the shelf of your laundry cabinet. Strong chemicals can attach themselves to the fabric of baby clothes and end up on your baby’s skin, potentially causing rashes and irritation. Instead, you need a gentle enzyme cleaner that has a baby-safe formula.

While enzyme cleaners are effective, especially when pre-soaking, not every product is safe for use on your baby’s clothes. In fact, some of them can even be harmful to your baby’s delicate skin. 

So, what products can you trust to keep your baby looking fresh and feeling their best? You can make your own baby-safe pre-soak solutions using ECOS Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent with Enzymes and ECOS OxoBrite® Multi-Purpose Stain Remover.

#1 ECOS’s OxoBrite® Multi-Purpose Stain Remover

A baby-safe pre-soak treatment you can trust is ECOS OxoBrite® Multi-Purpose Stain Remover. Its clean, unscented formula is chlorine-free and made with mineral-powered ingredients that won’t irritate your baby’s skin but will cut through stains.

#2 A DIY Detergent Paste

Another option is to create your own stain removing solution by mixing ECOS detergent and ECOS OxoBrite® Multi-Purpose Stain Remover. Armed with these ingredients, you’ll want to follow the next few steps:

  1. Mix equal amounts of ECOS laundry detergent and OxoBrite to create a paste.
  2. Using a soft toothbrush or towel, cover the stain completely with the paste and rub it in.
  3. Let the treatment sit for at least 15–20 minutes, then wash as usual.

When Hand Washing, Try Warm Water

Between singing Wheels on the Bus for the hundredth time and squeezing in your own power nap when the baby’s finally down for theirs, we know that not everyone has the time needed to pre-soak clothes. Sometimes you just need a quick and easy solution with as few instructions as possible.

If this sounds like you, don’t worry. Pre-soaking isn’t the only method of tackling mild stains. When hand washing, you can also use warm water washes to gently release drool or formula stains out of clothes. 

Try these tips to get the most out of your warm water washes: 1

To Save Stained White Fabrics, Embrace the Power of the Sun

There are some serious stain-fighting benefits to line-drying white baby clothes in the sun. 

When you leave your baby’s white clothes out to dry on a line, the UV rays from the sun can help keep that clothing in its best shape by:

Why You Shouldn’t Reach for Bleach

Bleach obviously isn’t healthy for your baby and shouldn’t be used on his or her clothes. It risks leaving a residue on the fabric that could transfer to your child’s skin and cause serious harm. 
Even in small amounts, bleach can cause:

Beyond that, bleach is also highly toxic to our ecosystems and can have unfortunate consequences for our planet. Particularly when it comes to our babies’ sensitive skin, it’s best to stay away.

But just because you can’t use bleach doesn’t mean you have to give up on restoring your baby’s onesies to their original bright whites. Instead, utilize the natural whitening powers of the sun—and baby-safe stain removers from ECOS.

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Tips for Preventing Stains on Baby Clothes

Between cereal spills and spit-up splotches, messes are an undeniable part of parenthood. Still, those messy moments can lead to some incredibly special memories. After all, there’s something undeniably adorable about a baby’s grin when her face is covered in her first-ever spaghetti and meatball dinner. 

To embrace those spills as facts of life and shake off any lingering laundry worries, try these preventative measures to help preserve your child’s clothes—at least through their next growth spurt:

Eliminate Stains From Your Baby’s Clothes with ECOS

Gentler, toxin-free products are better for your baby, but finding ones that work well can be challenging. That’s where ECOS comes in. Our plant-powered products are made without harsh chemicals that could irritate your baby’s skin or cause an allergic reaction. But they’re also designed to deliver an effective clean in one try, which will keep you from washing the same clothes over and over again and hoping to see a different result.

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