To say that kids are messy is quite an understatement. While spit up, baby food and formula can threaten to ruin every outfit you have for your baby, there are a lot of non-toxic, natural ways to both avoid and remove stains. Here are some time-honored laundry tips to help keep your baby’s clothes looking like new.
As soon as any spill happens, take the soiled clothes off the baby and put them in cold water. You can keep a small plastic bucket in the laundry room if you don’t want to start another load in the washing machine right away. The cold water will help dilute the spill and stop stains from forming. If the spill is particular nasty, such as from a leaky diaper, you may need to rinse the clothes and change the water a few times.
Baking Soda as a Pre-Wash Treatment
If you remove the clothes from the cold water and discover that a mark still remains, mix up a thick paste of water and plain baking soda. Rub it into the spots. Let it sit for a few minutes and really soak in before tossing them into the washer.
Vinegar Instead of Bleach
Bleach is not only toxic, it smells awful and can yellow clothing. White vinegar also smells awful, but the smell dissipates quickly and leaves your baby’s clothes clean and soft. Just add a splash in with your regular detergent. Do not ever mix vinegar and bleach together for ‘extra’ whitening, as this causes harmful fumes! If you used baking soda earlier, you may notice some slight fizzing in the water from the chemical reaction. This is normal and won’t harm the clothes or cause any fumes.
WD40 for Grease Stains
Did your husband pick up the baby with his greasy hands? Did you finally let your toddler try chicken wings or a bite of your hamburger? Grease can be one of the hardest things to remove from clothes. Luckily, a squirt or two of WD40 should take it right off. While you should absolutely keep it locked away from the kids, the WD40 will wash right out of the clothing and poses no danger to your baby post-wash.
If you want to keep your baby’s clothing looking like new without using harsh chemicals, these tips have stood the test of time. By keeping a few household items locked in the laundry room cabinet, your baby’s clothes will look great!