Written by Tenley Haraldson. Reviewed by Sean Busch.

Between spit-up, dropped bottles, and food flinging, babies produce major messes. When faced with a mountain of stained clothes, it’s easy to feel like those cute onesies will never get clean. 

While you may want to grab bleach, there are so many ways to whiten clothes naturally – without irritating your baby’s sensitive skin. The best part about Puracy Stain Remover is it’s gentle and it works whenever you have time, whether that’s minutes to weeks after the accident occurred. 

Below, we include our tried-and-true natural laundry methods that erase all evidence of baby-related messes.

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1. How to Remove Milk Stains

Don’t cry over spilled milk, right? Try telling that to sleep-deprived parents who've spilled bottled breast milk over their baby's white onesie. After a day in the laundry basket, milk tends to harden into a sour, yellow mess.

When a spill happens, immediately rinse off the affected area with cold water (hot water will “cook” milk into the fabric). 

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

Removing 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 rub the fabric together. Wait at least 8 hours, but the longer it sits, the better. 

Pro tip: If you don’t have a laundry brush, try a paint or makeup brush. 

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Using our natural, hypoallergenic laundry detergent, launder normally with an 'extra rinse' setting. Even though this detergent was especially formulated to leave zero residue behind, feel free to use a second rinse cycle. 

2. How to Get Formula Stains Out of Clothes

As with breast milk, the trick to removing formula from clothes is to tackle the spill ASAP.

First, soak the garment in cold water. After it's thoroughly soaked, use a soft brush to scrub away as much of the formula as possible. If the stain persists, treat with our natural stain remover, following the steps from #1 above.

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Since most baby formulas consist primarily of milk, their stains are animal-based. This means that they’re high in protein and need to be treated with an enzyme called protease. Here at Puracy, our stain remover is the only product on the market that contains all six plant-based enzymes (including protease). It's extremely effective at tackling and lifting hardened milk proteins.

3. How to Remove Spit-up Stains 

If possible, deal with the spit-up immediately by gently blotting it. 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 clothes stain remover steps as above, then wash on a warm cycle with a natural laundry detergent

Fun fact: In a head-to-head test involving a full month of research, Puracy was rated the "best baby laundry detergent.” When used in tandem with our stain remover, you’ve got an incredible natural laundry power duo. 

4. How to Remove Food Stains 

Once your baby is eating solids, food stains are impossible to avoid. To tackle just about every type of food stain, first rinse the garment under cold water ASAP. Dab with a bit of laundry detergent and let sit for 30 minutes. Run as normal in the washing machine. Double up with our natural stain remover if necessary.

5. How to Remove Poop Stains 

No parent ever expects it, but cleaning baby poop out of clothes is a fairly regular occurrence. The #1 way to remove #2 stains from clothing may surprise you: The secret is 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, rub it in well with a brush, then rinse with more cold water. Repeat as often as necessary. Next, apply our stain remover and let it sit for at least an hour to ensure that the enzymes destroy all toxic remnants. Then run a washing machine cycle. 

6. How to Remove Urine Stains from Clothing

If dealt with immediately, pee is actually fairly easy to remove—just rinse in cold water and toss in the wash.

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For any set-in urine stains, soak for 15 minutes in stain remover. Next, wash on a hot cycle. If the stains don’t lift immediately, run one more laundry cycle. 

The Power of Our Baby-Safe Stain Remover 

As the parent of a growing, moving, and food-flinging baby, you’re bound to miss a few fresh spills. For new and set stains, Puracy Natural Stain Remover is your secret weapon. 

Remove solids, rinse with cold water, saturate with Puracy Stain Remover, and throw in the washing machine (with an extra rinse). It really is that simple. 

Unlike our biggest competitor (who only utilizes 3 natural enzymes), Puracy harnesses the power of six plant-based enzymes to fight every stain its path.

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Our proprietary formula was developed by our team of PhD chemists and eliminates everything from food to to poop to oil stains. Don’t just take our word for it: Not only is it an Amazon bestseller (with more than 1,500 five-star reviews), but it’s also one of Real Simple’s top laundry day game-changers.