There's a lot to think about with a new addition to the family, let alone figuring out how to keep outfits clean when you could be going through 3 a day. Here are some top tips for sorting common baby stains so they can last a little longer. If you have any tips of your own, share them below and we'll spread the word.

1) Breastmilk

Baby sick from breastmilk is quite easy to remove. Simply wash as normal with liquid laundry detergent. Mild detergents should work fine. If a stronger cleaning agent is needed, use normal detergent and run an extra rinse cycle to remove any remaining soap. Once washed, hang clothing to dry in the sunshine. The bleaching effects from the sun will remove the remaining stains. If the sunlight does not work, dab a small amount of lemon juice on the area. Place in direct sunlight again until dry.

2) Formula

The chemical make-up of formula can make it tricky to get off. First, remove as much as possible with a stiff brush. Then lay the clothing in a sink or tub. Sprinkle the entire stain with baking soda. Pour some club soda / sparkling water over the stain. This will make the baking soda fizz. Allow the piece to sit and fizzle until the bubbling stops. Wash as normal with detergent and warm water. Baby detergents should be fine. If a more powerful detergent is needed, use regular detergent and run an extra rinse cycle to ensure all of the soap residue is removed as this can irritate baby’s sensitive skin. Allow the clothing to air-dry away from heat. If the stain remains, repeat the steps above.

3) Baby sick stains that have set (formula, breastmilk, food)

Fill a bucket with hot water, add dishwasher detergent and mix thoroughly. Soak clothing overnight. Remove and launder as usual. Rinse well - run extra rinse cycles - to remove all of the soap. If the stains are light, simply add the dishwasher detergent to the washing machine water.

4) Poo

If you’re able to, run the clothing under cold water immediately, removing as much of the poop as you can, then launder as normal. If you’re unable to wash immediately, soak clothing in cold water until you can deal with it. After washing, leave to dry on a rack or better yet, take advantage of the sun’s amazing bleach-free, stain removal properties. Avoid the tumbler, as this will help the stain to set.

5) Oily, greasy stains

Remove any excess bits and cover the stained area with cornflour, talcum powder, or baking soda. After 15 minutes, scrape this off, and launder as you usually would.

6) Food stains

Rinse stain right away with cool water. Put a small amount of washing up liquid on the stain, rub in gently and leave for at least half an hour. Rinse this out in cold water, and put more washing up liquid on, then put in washing machine and wash as normal. The sooner you can act the better, as dried stains are harder to get out.

7) Pen, paint, mud and grass stains

Same as above! If you're finding yourself soaking clothes a lot, saving and using the cool water from when your shower is heating up is a great way to double up. It will give you a set time to get those quick chores out the way, and also help save water!

If the clothes are too worse for wear, or simply grown out of, here's what to do. 


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