How to Remove Sour Milk Smell From Baby Clothes

Updated February 21, 2017

Baby clothes can be expensive and the kids grow out of them before they can possibly wear them out. Often these adorable little outfits are passed on to another child. However, even though they are in good shape, they still have that telltale odor of spoiled milk that is almost impossible to get rid of. Don't pass on the smell with your baby's clothes.

Fill the washing machine with hot water. Fill it at least high enough for a medium load. Add a cup of laundry detergent with one cup of automatic dish washing detergent. Yes, dish washing detergent.

Run the machine for a few minutes to mix the combination well. Turn the washing machine off.

Put the smelly baby clothes in the solution in the machine and leave them there. Let them soak overnight in the solution.

In the morning turn the washing machine on and let the clothes run through a full cycle. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to the rinse cycle.

Add a second rinse cycle to make certain that all of the detergent residue gets rinsed out of the clothes.

Admire your work. Not only will the clothes be beautiful and look as good as new, they will smell like it as well.


It is safe to mix dishwater detergent and laundry detergent together. They are a great stain remover.

Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine
  • Laundry detergent
  • Automatic dishwasher detergent
  • Vinegar
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