Written by Tenley Haraldson. Reviewed by Sean Busch.

Between spit-up, dropped bottles, and food flinging, it can feel like those stained baby clothes will never get clean.

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

The Tools You Need for Removing Stains from Baby Clothes

Preparation is a parent’s best method for fighting stains, so we recommend keeping the following in your laundry room:

Note: Some fabrics are delicate and require special care. Before treating any stain, please make sure to read and follow the care instructions (located on each article of clothing).

Puracy Natural Stain Remover 

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With its 99.96% natural, hypoallergenic formula, how does Puracy Stain Remover work so well? Six plant-based enzymes work their way into fabric fibers to eradicate thousands of stains and odors. All you need to do is saturate fabrics with this formula, work it in with the help of a brush, wait a few hours, and wash.

Seriously – it's that easy. 

A Soft Brush

Take your pick from any of the following: laundry brush, paintbrush, makeup brush, soft toothbrush! This will help you work the stain remover into fabric fibers. 

Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent

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You obviously need to wash stained baby clothes, so make sure that you do it with Puracy Laundry Detergent. Its 10x concentrated, 99.96% natural formula is tough on grime and tested to be gentle on sensitive skin.

1. How to Get Milk Stains out of Baby Clothes

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

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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 Old Milk Stains from Baby Clothes

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For older residue, spray Natural Stain Remover onto the stained area and either agitate with a soft brush (e.g. laundry brush, paintbrush, makeup brush) or simply rub the fabric together. We recommend waiting at least 8 hours. However, the longer it sits, the better.

Using our natural, hypoallergenic laundry detergent, launder normally with an 'extra rinse' setting. While this detergent was especially formulated to leave zero residue behind, the second cycle ensures that all of the stain particles are rinsed away. 

2. How to Get Formula Stains out of Baby Clothes

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First, thoroughly soak the garment in cold water ASAP. Next, use a soft brush to scrub away as much of the formula as you can. If the stain persists, treat with our Natural Stain Remover and follow the steps from #1.

Pro Tip: Since most baby formulas primarily consist of milk, they’re high in protein and should treated with an enzyme called protease.

3. How to Remove 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 Stain Remover.

5. How to Get Baby Poop out of 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.

Next, apply our baby stain remover and let it sit for at least an hour to ensure that the plant enzymes destroy all toxic remnants. Finally, throw it in the washing machine on a regular cycle. 

6. How to Get Urine out of Baby Clothes

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If dealt with immediately, urine is actually fairly easy to remove – just rinse in cold water and toss in the washing machine. For old urine stains, thoroughly spray the item with Puracy Stain Remover and let it soak for at least an hour. Next, wash on a hot cycle. If the stains don’t lift immediately, reapply the stain remover and run for one more laundry cycle. 

Puracy: A Baby Clothes Stain Remover You Can Count on

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Whether you’re tackling food or poop stains, Puracy Stain Remover and Laundry Detergent are the perfect stain removing duo. With their 99.96% natural formulas, tough stain removal is really that simple.