Removing yellow poop stains

Jennifer - posted on 01/10/2009 ( 38 moms have responded )

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My 5 1/2 month old has very explosive poops and if he is in a sitting position when he lets it go, it goes out the top of his diaper. Needless to say, many of his clothes have yellow poop stains. I've tried Shout It Out, Dreft stain remover, Oxi-Clean stain remover, and non-chlorine bleach, but nothing seems to work. I have pretreated immediately after the stain happens, I've put the clothes in cold water immediately, and again, no avail. The only thing that worked was using regular chlorine bleach on his onesies, but the tags say you're supposed to use non-chlorine bleach only, so I don't want to do that all the time. Suggestions?

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i've always thought that really hot water was what got the stains out and its seemed to work thus far, is cold better?



and about the water w/ baking soda and vinegar... whats the ratio for the mix?

Kiera - posted on 02/26/2012

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My daughter has a terrible case of explosive diarrhea. She has uncontrolable bowels, so she dosent know if she needs the loo. SHe will go to the toilet anywhere, and it quite often is all over everthing. She does this at school, and is bullied.

Her diarrhea is watery, brown and when she does it she does a lot of it. THis si up to ten times a day - imagnine the hassle i have.

We have been to every doctor possible, but when they try to examine her behind, she just does darrhea, on the doctor!

It is hell! Please (in detail) What should i do?



p.s. Me and my partner both had similar things.

Cheri - posted on 04/05/2010

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the best thing I've found is mixing Dawnn dish soap with equal parts color safe bleach. I rinse out as much as possible the with a nail brush and an old squeeze bottle full of mix I cover the spot and rib with the nail brush on the non pattern side. Stain will come out no matter what. Be very careful because you can also remove the pattern this way! lol So only scrub for a bit until the stain lifts then launder as usual. If it's a bad stain that has set you can do this and scrub for just a minute then let it soak in cold water for a bit, an hour or a couple days then launder as usual. :)

Cheri - posted on 04/16/2010

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I use liquid dawn for everything. Rinse out as much of the stain, in room temp water, as I can then add the dawn. Sometimes I need to soak it over night or I can rub the fabric together or I use a fingernail brush to scrub out bad stains or set stains. And sometimes I have to treat, scrub, soak, scrub, treat, scrub, soak, scrub and then wash. lol :)
Just think of stains this way, if it's something that was eaten or you can eat then you can use dish soap! lol :)

Hannah - posted on 04/05/2010

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Like Terra said, I also used cloth diapers/nappies, and I found to wash them in hot water and hang them out on the clothes line in the sun worked brilliantly, no chemicals or anything needed, but on older stains I don't think this works so well once they have been left they become stubborn.
Soimetimes I have to force myself to accept that that stain is there for good baby, give yourself a break and admit it! But catch them early and try the sun, you'll be suprised!

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Jennifer - posted on 04/16/2010

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I sue Bac-Out and soak the clothes in it but sometimes it doesn't work (it helps to soak it too).

Brenda - posted on 04/16/2010

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My daughter is the same way. I use cool water and dish soap right away. It takes a little scrubbing, but it works like a charm.

Alisa - posted on 04/16/2010

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I hand wash the staind area immediately with the dreft stain remover and a sponge in cold water. I can usually get it out right away, but if not I spray it and air dry it 'til laundry day. I find that it takes a couple ofwashes for the really good ones. Also Huggies diapers have a poop catching pocket in the back. Good luck!!

Julie - posted on 04/16/2010

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For those who soak the clothes, do you then put it on a gentle cycle or regular...and do you treat the stain with any spray stain remover before or after it is soaked?

I always soak in laundry detergent and oxi-clean powder in cold water for a day or two, then spray the spray-n-wash stain remover on it. Sometimes the stain comes out but most of the time it doesn't.

Tasha - posted on 01/19/2009

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For me it didn't matter what kind of soap or anything just that is was washed in Hot Water!

Jennifer - posted on 01/19/2009

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Yes, I do brestfeed, which is why I posted this question on here. I've heard the yellowness is exclusive to breastfed babies. I'm about to do my first load trying out some of the suggestions here. I'll report back on what works!

Terra - posted on 01/19/2009

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jennifer, I use cloth dippies and the only thing that gets all the stains out is if I let them sit in the sun, it might fade colors a bit but they will come out. you also might try vinager or bakeing soda. Good luck and hopefully he will grow out of it soon and then it will be on to cleaning up new messes!!

Christina - posted on 01/19/2009

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Yeah thanks for posting this! Mine has the same poo problem! Are you breast feeding too?

Christina - posted on 01/19/2009

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Yeah thanks for posting this! Mine has the same poo problem! Are you breast feeding too?

Ellen - posted on 01/18/2009

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I use cloth diapers and to get the stains out you can bleach them with the sun. Wash them (Charlies Soap or Bio Kleen) then lay then in the sun...works for diapers!

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After I wash my cloth diapers I put them outside in the sun and that gets rid of all the stains.

Linda - posted on 01/18/2009

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SprayandWash works wonders.  You can use it right away or whenever you are ready to do a load. 

Linda - posted on 01/18/2009

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SprayandWash works wonders.  You can use it right away or whenever you are ready to do a load. 

Holly - posted on 01/13/2009

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THE SUN!!! Even in winter it can get poop stains out like nothing else! Just wash as usual and hang the wet thing outside or even in a window.

Also you could try BioKleen Bac-Out - that stuff works pretty good when applied directly to the stain.

Shannon - posted on 01/13/2009

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I use Greased Lightening... spray the stained area and let it sit over night... then soak it in the Dreft and warm water fro a day prior to actually washing it... so far no stains at our house... well, except the items my mother in law stains and throws into hamper and say nothing about... those are a bit tougher, but the Greased Lightening seems to help!

Emily - posted on 01/13/2009

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when you figure it out, let me know!! my daughter has the same problem...well I find it a problem!! her cute dresses and onesies are being destroyed left right and centre. it just means more shopping for me ;)

Katy - posted on 01/13/2009

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SOAk, SOAK, SOAK!  We do baby oxi-clean powder in a pail w/ cold water, soak for 1-2 days before washing, always wash in cold.  good luck!

Mary - posted on 01/11/2009

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The only thing that has worked for me is immediately putting it in the washer and running it through.

Lisa - posted on 01/11/2009

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I have the same problem! Thanks for posting the question, it's given me a few new things to try, too! :)

~Lisa

Jennifer - posted on 01/11/2009

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Thanks Shayna, that's a great idea about the vinegar and water. I know washing them right after soaking is best, but if I did that I would be constantly running the wash with only a few things in it, which seems wasteful to me. I'll try that out!

Shayna - posted on 01/11/2009

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Jennifer,



I got 2 galons of Charile's soap All Purpose Cleaner from their website.   But you can get a small bottle to try it out.   I just poured into a spray bottle and use it for everything.  Also, another thing I do with  my cloth diapers and throw them in a mix of cold water and vinegar until laundry day. 



I am very into "no chemicals", so I always look for cleaners that work  and this one seems to for a lot of stuff. 



Good luck!!

Ciera - posted on 01/11/2009

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My daughter has severe allergies to most detergants so, I use all free and clear and scrun it out with a brush, before washing

Jennifer - posted on 01/11/2009

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Sara - Yes, the Oxi-Clean Max Force is what I used and didn't work for me :S



Shayna - Where do you find the Charlie's soap? Any grocery store or do you have to go to a baby store?



Maureen - That sounds strange to me, but looking on Google I've seen quite a few others say that so there must be something to it. Thanks!



Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. One thing I am going to try is using the regular wash cycle. I was just talking to my mom and she said her gentle cycle doesn't really do anything for stains. I have been using gentle cycle, so maybe that's my problem. Also, it sounds like some of you are saying you really scrub the stain remover in. I've just been rubbing it in with my hand, maybe I need to invest in a small brush or even an old toothbrush to really get it into the stain. It sounds like the products I've been using work for you all, so maybe I'm just not using them properly!

Sara - posted on 01/11/2009

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Try the newer Oxiclean Max Force, it comes in a smaller darker blue bottle. Regular oxi clean didn't work for me either. I found that if i treat it right away it would come out in one wash and for old stains, usually two washes would get them out too.

Kelly - posted on 01/10/2009

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My son is explosive too! I use Spray and Wash and let it sit for a few hours. This has worked for me. Good luck!

Kristi - posted on 01/10/2009

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I just use regular non-antibacterial soap and rub ... it gets it out everytime for me

Maureen - posted on 01/10/2009

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I'm not sure where you live but I found that after I washed the article of clothing in the regular wash I would put it outside in the sun.  This was of course during the summer where I live and it was +30Celsius (it has gotten as cold as -49 with the windchill so I haven't stuck anything including myself outside lately)  That is also how I would get the stains out of the cloth diapers. 

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I have an Oxiclean bucket that I keep in my laundry room. For bad stains I make a mix of water and the Oxiclean powder and let it soak for several hours. Then I send it through the washer as normal. Sometimes I have to do this cycle twice to really get it out. Don't put it through the dryer until the stain is gone. Daycare has stained so many of my daughter's clothes and this is the only way I have been able to get them out. Good luck!

Lorilynne - posted on 01/10/2009

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I personally love the oxiclean stain remover spray but I spray it and then rub it with something and then let it set for at least 24 hours before washing it.   I've gotten out even set in stains with this method.

Shayna - posted on 01/10/2009

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Try Charlie's soap All Purpose cleaner.  I use cloth diapers and since I don't like them to be all yellowy, I use that stuff all the time.  It works really good.



Good luck!

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I use Totally Toddler nursery stain remover and it seems to work really well.  I do use it immediately (it sits right next to his hamper) and so far, so good in removing the stains.

Carrie - posted on 01/10/2009

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gosh, i was ready to say Dreft stain remover.  that always got the poo stains out for me.  I'd thoroughly soak it in the dreft remover, then wash in warm water with dreft detergent.



 



good luck finding a solution!

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