Written by Tenley Haraldson. Reviewed by Sean Busch.

 Between spit-up, dropped bottles, and food flinging, babies produce major messes. It’s easy to feel like those cute onesies will never get clean.

Before you reach for laundry whiteners (which can irritate your baby’s sensitive skin), get stains out of baby clothes with our natural laundry methods. They’ll erase all evidence of that recent diaper blow-out.

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The Best Tools for Getting Stains out of Baby Clothes

Preparation is a parent’s best method for fighting stains. For the easiest natural laundry stain removal, we recommend keeping the following in your laundry room:

1. How to Get Milk Stains out of Baby Clothes

For sleep-deprived parents who've spilled bottled breast milk over their baby's white onesie, crying over spilt milk is a very real prospect. And when milk sits in the laundry hamper, it tends to harden into a sour, yellow mess.

Whenever a spill happens, try to rinse off the affected area with cold water as soon as possible. (hot water will “cook” milk into the fabric).

If you don’t have a change of clothes: Blot the spill with a clean cloth or paper towel. Work from the outside edge of the stain toward the center. Launder as usual.

How to Remove Older Milk Stains

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For older residue, spray Puracy Natural Stain Remover onto the stained area and agitate with a soft brush – or simply rub the fabric together. We recommend waiting at least 8 hours, but the longer it sits, the better.

Using our hypoallergenic laundry detergent, launder normally with an 'extra rinse' setting.

Why Do I Need an Extra Rinse Cycle? 

While this detergent was especially formulated to leave zero residue, the second cycle ensures that the entire stain is rinsed away.

2. How to Get Baby Formula Stains Out of Clothes

Like with breast milk, the trick to getting formula out of clothes is to tackle the spill ASAP.
First, thoroughly soak the garment in cold water. Next, use a soft brush to scrub away as much of the formula as possible. If the stain persists, treat with our Natural Baby Stain Remover, and follow the steps from #1.

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Since most baby formulas consist primarily of milk, this means that they’re high in protein and need to be treated with an enzyme called protease.

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Our baby safe stain remover isn’t just extremely effective at lifting hardened milk proteins: Parents can count on its ability to eradicate thousands of stains and odors – without damaging clothing fibers. 

3. How to Erase Spit-up Stains 

Obviously, it’s best to deal with spit-up immediately by gently blotting it with cool water and a clean cloth. If you can't get around to it until later, try to remove any dry, crusty bits with a soft brush.

Follow all of the same baby stain remover tips above, then wash on a warm cycle with a natural laundry detergent.

4. How to Get Food Stains out of Baby Clothes

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Once your baby starts eating solids, getting food stains out of baby clothes is going to be a daily occurrence. To erase just about everything – from berries to oil to tomato sauce – rinse the garment under cold water ASAP.

Dab with a bit of laundry detergent, let it sit for 30 minutes, and run a normal washing machine cycle. For heavy-duty stain duty, double up with our Natural Baby Stain Remover.

5. How to Get Poop Stains out of Baby Clothes

Very few parenting books talk about cleaning baby poop out of clothes – but it’s is a fairly regular occurrence. The #1 way to remove #2 stains may surprise you: It’s dish soap.

While the stain is still fresh (and after you've removed any solids), rinse the garment in cold, running water from the outside of the fabric. Apply Natural Dish Soap directly to the stain, agitate it well with a brush, then rinse with more cold water. Repeat as often as necessary.

6. How to Get Urine Stains out of Baby Clothing

If dealt with immediately, urine is actually fairly easy to remove – just rinse in cold water and toss in the washing machine.

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For old urine stains, thoroughly spray the item with our Natural Stain Remover and let it soak for at least 15 minutes. Next, wash on a hot cycle. If the stains don’t lift immediately, reapply the stain remover and run for one more laundry cycle. 

Your Secret Weapons for Removing Baby Stains 

Whether you’re tackling new or old stains, Puracy Natural Baby Stain Remover and Laundry Detergent will make stains disappear. 

Remove solids, rinse with cold water, saturate with your stain remover, and throw in the washing machine (with an extra rinse cycle). 

It’s really that simple.