Hello, Spring! Hello, Stains!
Spring has sprung! After weeks of rainy weather, we have beautiful blue skies today! My son couldn’t wait to get outside this morning. He grabbed his shoes and baseball cap as soon as we finished breakfast. I had to agree with him, it was time to get out of the house and enjoy the sunshine! He and I stomped around the backyard, exploring all the newly budding plants, and my husband joined in, taking a break from some yard work. While my little one shouted with delight at the mud and the grass and all the wonders of the outdoors, I was basking in the delight of watching him run around in his little jeans and Cookie Monster t-shirt. We checked on our strawberry plants in our garden. The bright white flowers are turning to tiny green strawberries. It has been so exciting to watch the transformation with my ever curious little 17 month old. Everything is an adventure these days and I love it!
With each new experience, comes new skills to learn, new challenges to overcome. As I dusted off the grass from my little love’s knees, I started thinking about all the different stains we have encountered over the last year and a half. From the early days of spit up to the first few spoonfuls of puree, to the finger foods and peanut butter sandwiches, we’ve seen a lot of stains in this house! The stains always multiply when the weather is good and we are playing and eating outside. I don’t typically find doing laundry exciting. However, there is always that sweet little victory of getting a tough stain out of something. I’ve had the opportunity to bask in many such victories lately as blueberries and strawberries have been a menu favorite now that they are getting back in season. I thought I would share some of the tips and tricks I have gathered for removing baby food and formula stains from baby clothes. My two go to methods for stain removal involve common household items that are affordable and safe to use on baby clothes.
Baby Food Stain Removal
Method: Dawn dish detergent and warm water
I came across this gem when my son spilled some strawberries on his brand new Thomas the Tank Engine pajamas. I didn’t have any laundry stain treatment, so I grabbed the Dawn dish detergent from my kitchen. I figured, if it can get oil off a duck, maybe it can get strawberries out of pajamas. I added a drop of Dawn to the pants that I had soaking under running warm water. I did a little scrubbing and lo and behold, it worked! I’ve used Dawn many times to get rid of berry and pureed vegetable stains. It even worked on a blueberry stain that had gone through the washing machine and dryer!
Formula Stain Removal
Method: Baking soda, club soda, and warm water
Spit up stains can be tricky. Breast milk is usually easy to clean and comes out with a regular wash, but formula spit up can leave a bit of a nasty stain. Before you know it, bibs, burp cloths, and baby and parent clothes can all need a little extra TLC before going in the wash. The best method that I have tried and found to work is using baking soda, club soda, and warm water. In a wash dish, tub, or sink, lay clothing flat. Sprinkle with baking soda. Pour a small amount of club soda on top of baking soda so that it fizzes. Let this sit for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water. Repeat if necessary and then throw in the laundry with regular detergent.
Harness the Power of the Sun
Another added bonus of the springtime weather, we can use the sun to help us with our cleaning efforts! If, after using the stain treatment plans, you have washed your clothing and there is still a hint of a stain, try drying it out in the sun. The sun naturally bleaches stains and can help remove the most stubborn and lasting of stains. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, be sure to rewash the clothing before wearing it as your stains will have been replaced by grass and pollen allergens. If you don’t have allergies, then enjoy the sweet smell of clean clothes that have been line dried in the sun!
I hope that my stain removal tips work for you! Here’s to all those little stain fighting victories! If you have any questions or suggestions for other tough stain removal methods, I would love to hear them. Feel free to leave them in the comment section. Happy Spring!