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. 

So how do you get stains out of baby clothes? Here are our tried-and-true natural laundry methods that erase all evidence of baby-related messes.

Clothing Care Instructions

1. How to Get Milk Stains out of Baby Clothes

Don’t cry over spilled milk, right? Tell that to sleep-deprived parents who've spilled bottled breast milk over their baby's white onesie. After sitting in the laundry hamper, 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 Baby 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, but 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 will ensure that the entire stain is rinsed away. 

2. How to Get Formula out of Clothes

Just 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 stain remover, and follow with the steps from #1 above.

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Formula Stains Require an Enzyme-Based Stain Remover

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

Puracy stain removers are the only products on the market that contains all six plant-based enzymes (including protease). They’re not only extremely effective at tackling and lifting hardened milk proteins, but are also incredible at eradicating just about any stain in their way. 

3. How to Remove Spit-up Stains 

Obviously, it’s best to deal with spit-up immediately. You can do so 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 clothes stain remover steps as above, then wash on a warm cycle with a natural laundry detergent

Puracy Baby Laundry Detergent 

In a head-to-head test involving a full month of research, Puracy was rated the "best baby laundry detergent by Your Best Digs.” Formulated especially for the most sensitive skin, when used in tandem with our Baby Stain Remover, you’ve got an incredible natural laundry power duo. 

4. How to Get Food Stains out of Baby Clothes

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Once your baby is eating solids, food stains are impossible to avoid. 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 and let sit for 30 minutes. Run as normal in the washing machine. For heavy-duty stain duty, double up with our natural stain remover.

5. How to Get Poop Stains out of Baby Clothes

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 Baby Stain Remover and let it sit for at least an hour (this ensures that the plant enzymes destroy all toxic remnants). Finally, throw it in the washing machine on a regular cycle. 

6. How to Remove Urine Stains from Clothes

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 our natural stain remover. Next, wash on a hot cycle. If the stains don’t lift immediately, run for one more laundry cycle. 

How Our Baby-Safe, Natural Stain Remover Works 

As the parent of a growing, moving, and food-flinging baby, you’re bound to miss a few fresh spills. Whether you’re tackling new or 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 cycle). It really is that simple. 

Six Plant-Based Enzymes Do the Heavy Lifting

Unlike our biggest competitor (who only utilizes three 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.