How to remove old stains from baby clothes

Many stain removers contain chemicals that can irritate your baby's skin, so removing old stains from baby clothes must be done with care. Rather than suffer along with a baby who's upset over a skin rash, use natural remedies to tackle old stains on baby clothes. Not only is this safer for your baby, it's also more economical for you.

Scrape or flake off any dried substance on the baby clothes, using an old toothbrush.

Cover the old stains on your baby clothes with baking soda. Drizzle club soda over the baking soda to create a thick, foaming paste. Work the paste into the old stain on the baby clothes with your old toothbrush. Allow the paste to sit for 15 minutes.

Flush the paste with cool water to rinse off.

Saturate any remaining old stains on your baby clothes with an enzyme laundry presoak. As most baby stains are protein-based stains, the enzymes in the presoak will help break down the protein stains. Rub the enzyme presoak into the old stains and allow it to sit for 15 minutes.

Launder the clothes in warm water with a baby-safe washing powder and oxygen bleach. Oxygen bleach is safe for all colours and will help remove any last traces of old stains on baby clothes. Since any bleach product can irritate baby's skin, wash your baby clothes a second time without the oxygen bleach.

Hang-dry your baby clothes, outside if possible, to freshen the clothing. Hang white clothing in direct sunlight for further bleaching, if needed.


Substitute hydrogen peroxide for the club soda on white or light-coloured clothing. Always check for colour fastness first.


Heat from water or the dryer will cook protein stains. Use cool or warm water for stain removal and washing.

Things You'll Need

  • Old toothbrush
  • Baking soda
  • Club soda
  • Enzyme laundry presoak
  • Oxygen bleach
  • Baby-safe washing powder
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.