Laundry help, How to remove formula stains?

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A friend gave me a bunch of clothes her kids couldn't wear anymore, I am trying to wash them all up, but some have formula stains I cant remove. My boy is breastfed and we've never had a formula stain before, How do I remove formula from colored clothes? I've tried bleach (worked on the whites) but Tide, Shout nor Oxyclean has TOUCHED these yellowed formula stains. What works?


Alicia - posted on 11/14/2009




i used to work for a dry cleaners and for cotton clothes the thing that worked the best for most stains was to sprinkle on oxy clean and spray it with shout until wet and scrub with a soft toothbrush, let it "soak" over night and if dried in the morning spray again with shout, then wash on items recommended setting.

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Jenifer - posted on 11/16/2009




well if its formula they are sometimes harder to get out also if they have been sitting for a while. you can try and pre soak them or even when you pre soak them scrub them with a small brush. that sometimes help. but u need to catch them stains from early..

Jenn - posted on 11/15/2009




I use Dreft! wonders for me! ....I received some used baby clothing and they had some formula stains on them, my mother went out and bought dreft and they came out! i use it every time i do laundry ...i have yet to have stained clothing ..they all look great!

Lisa - posted on 11/09/2009




I've had good success with Borox. When we go garage saling or have hand-me-downs or when the kids clothes just start getting stained, I always fill the bathtub full of water and put in a couple of big scoops of Borox (I've had good luck doing this with OxyClean (powder) also). I let them soak in the bathtub for 4-5 hours and then wring them out and send them through the wash.

Heather - posted on 11/09/2009




I use a Charlies Soap for my main detergent and then add some Oxyclean to the load if there is extra dirt/stains. They are both mild enough to use on fabric for little ones.

Marcie - posted on 11/09/2009




My son is 7 weeks old, and I use Dreft laundry detergent and that works really well...haven't had a problem yet!!!

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