How to Clean Fecal Matter From Fabric

No one wants to clean a stinky mess; however, when there is fecal matter on your clothing it is unavoidable. Fecal matter will get on your clothing or your children's clothing if you have a new baby -- the problem is inescapable because babies go to the bathroom and sometimes, it gets everywhere. Depending on the severity of the situation, you will need a little time and few products to remove the smell and the stain so the clothing is like-new again.

Remove the clothing immediately and scrap off the faeces. Apply an over-the-counter stain remover immediately. Treating stains early, and as quickly as possible, will help prevent the faeces from staining the clothing. Allow the stain remover to sit for up to 10 minutes.

Fill a large bucket with cold water and allow the item of clothing to sit in the water for up to 30 minutes. Warm or hot water will set the stain into the clothing.

Read the clothing tag to understand the washing instructions. Dry-clean only and hand-wash only items should not be washed in the washing machine; however, if there are no special instructions then toss the item, solo, into the washing machine.

Add detergent to the machine and bleach. Ensure the label states that the item can be bleached using either plain bleach for white items or colour-safe bleach for items with colour. Bleach will kill bacteria and other smells associated with the faeces. In addition, the bleach will help to remove any stains that may have set during the pre-wash process.

Remove the item of clothing before transferring it to the dryer. Check the area to verify the stain is gone. If you are unsure if the stain is gone or not, let the item of clothing lay flat to dry and then check the area. Once you toss the item of clothing into the dryer, the heat will set any remaining stains.

Rewash the item if it contains traces of fecal stain. Add 1-cup of white, distilled vinegar to the wash to help remove any unwanted smell and lift the stain.


Carry a stain-remover travel pen with you to take care of stains on the go. Wear gloves to clean the clothing. Wash hands thoroughly after messing with faeces.

Things You'll Need

  • Over-the-counter stain remover
  • Bucket
  • Detergent
  • Bleach
  • 1 cup white, distilled vinegar
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Tabitha Harwell has been writing since 2008, with articles appearing in local publications and various websites. Her background includes a career in the fashion and beauty industry. Harwell holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations.