Every parent knows that babies can go through several articles of clothing a day. From leaky diapers and spit up to food and juice, babies and toddlers seem to know how to get dirty pretty quickly. Unfortunately, their clothing can also end up covered in stains. Stained clothing is visually unappealing. It can also prevent you from reselling your baby's clothing when they grow out of it or using it as hand-me-downs. Also, how frustrating is it to go above your budget when buying an adorable outfit, only to come home and have it stained within a few minutes of wearing it? Not all stains are removable, but there are some things you can do to try. Here is a look at how to treat stains in babies clothing.
Many stains can be removed with a little liquid laundry detergent and hot water (the hotter the better). People often believe babies need special detergent, but unless your child has allergies or a reaction to your regular detergent, you should be okay using your regular detergent on his or her clothing. You may consider purchasing an all natural detergent or one without added fragrances or dyes.
When it comes to stain removal, it's a good idea to wash your baby's clothing immediately after the spill has happened. This prevents whatever is staining the clothing from setting in. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, and it can certainly be expensive. To many parents, it is not worth running the washing machine for just one or two articles of clothing.
Pre-treating stains is also a good idea. There are many products on the market made just for this task. Just make sure it is a product that can stay on the clothing for long periods of time without causing further damage if you do not plan to wash it immediately. Also, always check the stained area before putting the article of clothing in the dryer. If it is still there, try the stain removal and washing process again. Once it dries, most stains are there for a lifetime.
Most babies do the same things every day, so it's only natural that most parents will run into the same types of a stains. Here are a few common ones and some home remedies that many people use to treat them. The most common stains you will run into, particularly with younger babies, are ones that come from the human body. These include breast milk, leaky diapers and spit-up. To remove, use a pretreatment stain removal product that contains enzyme cleaner and a soft brush before washing. Some detergents already contain the enzyme cleaner. You can also buy enzyme tablets at health food stores and make your own cleaner by adding water.
For older babies, you will probably be dealing more with food stains. Baby food that is full of brightly colored fruits and vegetables can leave a big mess with multi-colored stains, and they can be really hard to remove. Some people believe that a solution of vinegar and water applied at least fifteen minutes before washing can help break down and remove these stains.
Tips and comments
The best way to handle stains on baby clothing is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Obviously, this is not always possible, but there are a few steps you can take. Put a bib on your baby when you feed them. Some parents, when the temperature is right, remove their babies' clothing when they are eating food that can easily stain.
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