How to get stains out of clothes or how to prevent them?

Jasmine - posted on 02/24/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son is 6 months here on sat, and he seems to spit up occationally but the food i feed him carrots and peas and what not come out when he spits up and stains his clothes, idont know what to do i wash them and only some things come cleans, he is wrecking alot of his clothes. what do you do?

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April - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son had very bad reflux and spit up or threw up constantly. We kept a bib on him 90 % of the day but it still got on his clothes half the time.

The biggest mistake most people make with spit up stains is in the preperation. Always wash clothes with protien stains in cold water first as hot water will cook the stain in. Milk is protein so if washed in hot water the stain will be permanent.

For stains I swear by using boiling water and electic dish washing detergent. Just boil some water and add a few tablespoons of the detergent and scrub it into the stain with a tooth brush and it comes out every time just don't use it on very dark colors like brown, black or navy cause sometime it will lighten the fabric slightly and don't do this too many time on the same spot or it will eat the fabric.

Julie - posted on 02/25/2010

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Something I use to do and it worked great is use a diaper pail or small bucket, something you can put a lid on and fill with borax detergent andwarm water. If you take a bib off or outfit that is messy throw it in the bucket until you do laundry. You do not have to mess with it and it works great. I use to just dump the whole bucket in, spin the water out and then start the wash. Worked like a charm.

Victoria - posted on 02/25/2010

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My little girl is 17 months and to this day she still brings up her food but not every day now, So what i use to do was just take her clothes off b4 giving her her dinner that way all you need to wash is the body

Cindy - posted on 02/25/2010

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Make sure you DON'T put the clothes in the dryer until you have inspected them for stains. If you dry stained clothes the stain will set and become almost imopssible to remove. Put the garment aside and try and re-wash as soon as possible. I used to use the cheap Wal-Mart brand of antibacterial hand soap as my pre-treater. It worked pretty good on blowout stains. It can fade fabrics so be careful

Angel - posted on 02/24/2010

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they make some bibs that are like a dishtowel long enough to cover most the clothing. and if your not getting stains out with oxy try using a lil dawn dishsoap ( something about Dawn it has to be) and let it soak in and also resolve spot cleaner for carpets really does wonders. Just if your baby has sensitive skin you may have to wash a second time with his brand laundry soap.

Amanda - posted on 02/24/2010

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Keep a bib on him at all times....altho unattractive alot of my friends have had to do that. Also rinse & apply Baby Oxy Clean spray right as soon as it's dirty change it. I still have all of my daughters baby clothes looking like new....and packed away for the new baby.

Natasha - posted on 02/24/2010

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I usually spray the stained clothes with Preen spray before I put them in the laundry basket. Every wash I put in a cap full of Napisan, with the normal washing powder. I use a fabric softner as well. This helps to keep the clothes in good condition.

Dawn - posted on 02/24/2010

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scrub with vanish soap its great even gets white socks gleaming again i swear by it !!!

Theresa - posted on 02/24/2010

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Get the powdered OXYCLEAN. Put some in a sink or bucket and let the clothes soak in it for a day, then wash. I get almost everything out with that. I've even gotten old stains out. i also throw some in each load when I wash it. I think it's great. i also have the spray on kind if you don't have enough things to soak. With a abay there's usually enough to soak though. :) I don't even get them soaked right when the satains happen. I just throw anything that needs it into the sink one day a week and then wash it all the next day. the only thing you have to watch out for is if it's a new, never washed piece of clothing, the color will get into other stuff. i soak those seperately.

Katie - posted on 02/24/2010

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Try using a bib so the bib gets dirty instead of his nice clothes or even a towel to put on his lap during eating time. There is also this stain removal pen that gets the stains out really well but its kind of expensive. There are tons of stain removal products out there so just try some and see what works best. Its always hard to keep kids from getting messy so you're probably not going to avoid having stains in his clothes.

Alison - posted on 02/24/2010

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If he is spitting up often, keep a bib on him.



My mother taught me to use laundry soda (or something like that). It softens the water and helps to release the stains. You can soak the clothes in the soda water and/or throw some in the machine. Also, treat the stains as quickly as you can.



Personally, I am no good at this stuff and have just accepted that my children will wear some stained clothes.

Patricia - posted on 02/24/2010

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i always used dawn to rinse out the stain b4 i washed it like right after it happened always workd great specially during potty training time.. or spray n wash is great... im not a big fan of oxy clean but lots of ppl swear by it... BUT DAWN WORKS WONDERS!!!!!

Abbie - posted on 02/24/2010

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Very common!!! You can use a constant bib. I use oxyclean spray and spray and wash. I also think if you dip veggies in hot hot water it pulls it out. Like with blood you use cold water.

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