How to Get Stains Out of Baby Clothes: 4 Tried and Tested Ways

Yes, babies are cute, but if there’s one thing that’s annoying about them, it is their ability to create mess any time, all the time! You take your time to bathe them, clothe them and make sure they squeaky clean but in just one snap, their clothes are already filled with stains that you have no idea where it came from!

And the most frustrating thing about this is those stains are very difficult to remove. So the question of many parents would be this - how do we get it out?

Well, you are lucky that I am here. After years of trying to remove these stubborn stains, I have already discovered a few tricks and secrets on how to get stains out of baby clothes, and I will share 5 of them with you in this article.


What You Will Need

Get Stains Out of Baby Clothes

First of all, you need patience! Kidding aside, you will need lots of those. Oh, you will need a washing machine too. But in addition to that, here are the other items you may need:

For the First Method:

For the Second Method:

For The Third Method:

For the Fourth Method:

  • Lemon Juice
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Sunlight
  • Club Soda
  • Baking Soda
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Stiff Brush
  • Pre-Wash Stain Remover
  • Baking Soda
  • Liquid Dish Soap
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

How to Get Stains Out of Baby’s Clothes: The Steps You Need to Follow!

I have tried each and every method in this list, and I can assure you - they all work! If you are excited to finally get rid of that stain, then let’s get started!

Method #1: Using Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice

If you are dealing with breastmilk spit-up stains, this is the method for you.

Step 1. Wash with liquid laundry detergent.

Wash following the typical process using a mild laundry detergent.

  • Pro Tip: If you think you will need a stronger cleaning substance, opt for ordinary detergent instead. To make sure that there will be no soap residue in your baby’s clothing before hanging it dry, run an extra rinse cycle.

Step 2. Hand outside to dry.

After washing your baby’s clothes, do not place it in the dryer. Instead, hang it outside and to dry. The sunlight has bleaching effects which can remove the stains.Step 3. Dab a lemon juice on the stain.

If the stain was not removed after hanging the clothes dry, dab a small amount of lemon juice into the stain and place under direct sunlight and wait for it to dry.

Method #2: Using Club Soda and Baking Soda

Club Soda and Baking Soda

If you are dealing with formula spit up stains, it is a lot difficult to remove, but this method is the answer to your prayer:

Step 1. Brush the stain.Using the stiff brush, try to remove as much stain as you possibly can.

Step 2. Pour baking soda and club soda over the clothing.

Place the clothes in the tub or sink. Sprinkle baking soda over the stain. Pour club soda over the baking soda and watch it fizz. Wait for the bubbling to stop.

Step 3. Wash.

Wash the clothes as you normally would using laundry detergent and warm water.

Step 4. Dry.

Instead of placing the clothes in a dryer, allow it to air dry. In the event that the stain remains, just simply repeat the steps mentioned above.

Method #3: Using Pre-wash Stain Remover

Pre-wash Stain Remover

No matter how squeamish you are, you have no choice but to deal with baby poop because they will be everywhere—in his diaper, your bed, his crib and sometimes, his clothes! Don’t worry though; this method can help get rid of that poop stain in your baby’s clothes.

Step 1. Drench the clothes in cold water.

In the event that you were unable to wash the clothes right away (don’t worry, we totally understand!) and the stains have dried up, the best thing that you can do is to fill a basin with cold water and soak the baby’s clothes there.

  • Pro Tip: This step will help prevent the poop stain from setting in your baby’s clothes.

Step 2. Wash the clothes.

Fill your washing machine with warm water. Add a small to large scoop (depending on how big the load is) of the pre-wash stain remover into the water. Place the clothes in the washing machine and set to normal cycle.

  • Pro Tips: Since the poop is protein based, cold water will not be effective in getting rid of it so make sure to use warm water. The added agitation that comes with washing clothes in the normal cycle will help in removing the stain. Washing it on gentle cycle won’t cut it.

Step 3. Hang the clothes to dry.

Once again, allow the clothes to air dry. Putting it in the dryer is a no-no.

Method #4: Using Hydrogen Peroxide

This one is perfect for removing oil stains.

Step 1. Prepare your “detergent”.

Mix 1 part dish soap and 1 part baking soda with 2 parts hydrogen peroxide.

Step 2. Apply it to the stain.

Apply the resulting mixture to the stain. Let it sit for an entire day.

Pro Tip: If you are washing dark colored fabrics, you may need to check on it from time to time because there is a risk of bleaching.

Step 3. Wash clothes.Wash the clothes in the washing machine like usual.

  • Pro Tip: If you have a leftover solution, place it in a dark colored bottle because hydrogen peroxide may lose its efficacy when exposed to light.


Parents know how difficult it can be to remove stains from their baby’s clothes. The steps mentioned above are tried and tested ways on how to get stains out of baby’s clothes. Try them and rest assured - you can get rid of any type of stains that you may find on your baby’s clothes!

Did you enjoy our tutorial? I hope you did. If you did, please share them with your friends and help them fight off stubborn stains too!

Lily Hayes

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Lily Hayes. I am a strong-willed woman who believes that motherhood is the greatest experience in this world. More...

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