A new survey by ASDA has revealed that has revealed that 87 per cent of mums throw away baby clothes because the stains are so bad. My eldest daughter was the absolute worst; pretty much everything she owned was stained orange (breast milk and loads of sweet potato, carrots and squash). So gross. I binned a lot of stuff. But it’s not necessary! There are ways to remove stains from baby clothes.
Stacie McClintock from Babyclothes.about.com (http://babyclothes.about.com/) has some great tips for removing tough stains from baby clothes (as adapted):
General practice when it comes to removing stains is to make sure you’ve checked the label on the item for laundering instructions (just so you don’t ruin the item in the process of cleaning it) and to scrape off any ‘stain’ remnant before soaking the mark in cool water (which helps to loosen the stain). Next; the type of stain will determine how you treat it after soaking.
• Protein stains (leaky nappies or baby vomit) usually require some sort of enzyme cleaner, which will digest the protein of the stain. Treat stain with remover before laundering in a regular washing cycle.
• Oily or greasy stains (baby oil, cream, petroleum jelly) are best removed with the help of cornstarch or talcum powder, which absorbs the oil. After 15-20 minutes, scrape off the powder and apply a combination pre-treater before running a regular washing cycle.
• Fruit or veggie stains are difficult to get out; the best way to deal is to pre-treat with a vinegar solution (one part vinegar and two parts water) applied to the stain carefully. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then apply a combination solvent and wash in your regular cycle.
If the stain persists, you can always apply the suggested treatment again and hopefully the stain will come out.