Babies are just sheer joy and pleasure, and most moms love trying to take care of their precious bundles in the best possible way, always looking out for the cutest things to wear, the best products to use and the best foods and drinks that will keep them in peak health, cooing through the day and night.. But even though they are the cutest things, they will still poop and wee in their nappies and that can be sheer nasty deal with! And on top of that, newborn babies, especially the breastfed babies’ poop can be of the hardest stains to get rid of. Some believe that you never get rid of the stains 100%. But if you work at it, it is possible that you can remove some of the stains, and hopefully all of it.
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4 Easy Steps to Get Stains Out of Baby Clothes
First, drench off the baby’s diaper or outfit in cold water, running it under cold water to try and clear the stained garment. Once you have done that, it might be difficult for to you immediately get the clothing or diaper laundered. If you can’t, the next step is to leave the garment in a bucket or pan filled with cold water to soak until you are able to get it done as soon as you can. At least lying in the bucket or pan, you are preventing the stain from setting in, because if you let it get dry, the stain becomes harder to remove.
When You are Ready to Wash the Outfit, Follow These Steps:
- Use a scoop of the right baby detergent, and also depending on the size of the wash you are going to do. The baby’s clothes should all be washed in warm water. Piping hot water will just damage the clothing and cold water won’t work as effectively in removing the stain, seeing as the stain is protein based. Therefore wash all of baby’s clothes in warm water; on the “normal cycle”
- The next step is to wash the outfit. Because poop is one of the more difficult types of stain to remove, it needs that extra ‘agitation’ of the normal wash to work at removing the stain. If the clothes are delicate fabrics, you could try washing them on the “gentle” cycle but then you might not be so successful at removing the stain completely.
- Once the baby’s outfit has been washed accordingly, you need to hang it out to dry. You can either hang the clothing on a baby coat hanger or just on a drying rack is also fine. One important thing to remember though, is not to dry the little outfits in the dryer. When they are wet, you might believe that the stain has disappeared, but you will only really be able to find out when the outfit is fully dry. The best way of drying the baby outfits is of course in the sun. The sun truly has amazing stain removal properties, let alone healing properties, so take full advantage of this natural heater – free bleaching power as well! If you notice that the stain is still there.
- If the stain is still there even after drying, you will need to soak it in a bucket, but with added products, hopefully to remove the stain for good.
Remove Any Stains from Baby Clothes (Yellow Stains): Quite Big Challenge for Mom
It might be that you while you are out, your baby decides to poop all over his clothes, and you are not anywhere near a bucket where you can soak the nappy. It is always a good idea to carry a pre-treater with you so that you can add this to the nappy and then wash it properly when you get home. Of course, when baby gets a bit older and is potty trained, there are still going to be stains galore, just from your little one growing up and learning and participating in plenty of adventures. There will be grass stains, mud stains, food stains, grease, and oil. Grandmas back in the day would remove spots without the modern chemicals we get today. They would use things like lemon juice or the sun, certainly, natural soaps, baking soda and the like. We should also try, for the safety and health of our precious babies and kiddies, to protect them and our environment from harsh chemical products.
No Nappy Rash Can Mean Properly Washed Diapers
Diapers that don’t get washed properly can get a horrible sour smell and lose their absorbency. With diapers, you need a detergent that breaks down all those natural enzymes in the poop and rinses it out of the diaper. No softeners can really be ‘included’ in the product because they will clog up the fibers and lessen the absorbency effects. It is a good idea to look for baby products that are not only plant-based as well as being cruelty-free, but which are biodegradable and don’t have dyes, brighteners or anything unnatural in them to irritate baby’s sensitive and soft skin.
Hypoallergenic detergents are also excellent for little babies, particularly those babies who have problem skins or eczema. Look out for those detergents that promise to remove food and poop stains. Whichever detergent you do decide on for your baby’s laundry, try and avoid the anti-static detergents or softeners, as these can often have fragrances and chemicals that can irritate the skin. Remember that harsh detergents can cause nappy rash.
A Fragrant Happy Conclusion to Poop Smelling Diapers
If you want to get rid of the poopy smells in your house that come from having a baby around, you can always just cut up some lemons and let them simmer on the stove for an hour or so – lovely, natural, refreshing and deodorizing – but that’s a topic for another day!