Our little bundles of joy always manage to make the biggest messes. Instead of getting worked up over that perfect Easter outfit with creamed peas all over it, check out these helpful tips to keep your tot’s tops neat and clean.
Pasta-splattered T-shirts, grass-stained trousers, paint-soaked skirts—it can all be a little overwhelming. Fear not! We’ll help you become a highly skilled “stain assassin” who can knock out even the toughest spots.
Chemicals can be hazardous to your baby.
Remember, nature too is a mother, so go green. It is important to realize that just because a product may have “EXTREME STAIN FIGHTING POWERS,” what it contains may be a bit too extreme for those smooth baby-bottoms. We find the best stain fighters are combinations of everyday products already in your home.
Jellies and jams and juice, oh my!
This one can get out all the everyday stains you can imagine:
- ¼ cup of liquid dish detergent
- ¼ glycerine
- 1 ½ cups of water
Mix these ingredients in a spray bottle and administer five minutes prior to regular wash. Your friends will be floored by how clean you keep your sprout’s clothes.
Baby creams and other greasy bad dreams.
Petroleum jellies and diaper creams that ensure comfort for your tot can sometimes leave behind greasy marks on clothes. Bet you never thought of this method:
- Lightly wet the area with the grease stain – two sprays from a spray bottle should be fine
- Cover the now-wet area with baby powder and let sit (or even throw it in the laundry pile!)
- Wash as regular and air dry
The water allows the powder to be absorbed better and your spot will be gone in one wash.
“The Grand Poo-ba”
Finally, those potty training accidents can yield some pretty nasty stains. Luckily, a mix of a few household items will brighten up even the worst scenarios:
- Presoak your baby’s unmentionables in a mix of 2 cups peroxide, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap
- Before placing in the wash, dab stains with lemon juice
- Add some vinegar and baking soda to wash cycle and wash as regular
The most important tip that we can offer is DO NOT RUB THE STAIN! Rubbing the stain only pushes it further into the fibers of the fabric. If you have no other options aside from paper towels or baby wipes, always remember to DAB OR PAT the stain a few times.
There you go! The cleanest, greenest ways to keep your baby’s clothes fresh and clean. That’s more than enough to keep you and your little one smiling bright.