Removing baby food stains

Advice from Dr. Laundry
Q.

How do you remove baby food stains from baby clothes?

A.

Baby food stains really benefit from pre-treating, but first be sure to scrape away excess stain (think pureed vegetable globs like sweet potatoes), and then rinse the stain with a little cool water. Be careful not to rub the stain further into the fabric. I am sure you have both white and colored items to clean, so here are some good techniques for both:

If the item is white:

  • Rub stain gently with Clorox® Bleach Pen® Gel immediately before laundering.
  • Wash immediately in the hottest water recommended on the care label using detergent and ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach.

If the item is colored (or made from a fiber on the do not bleach list):

  • Apply Clorox2® directly to the stain, and rub in.
  • Wait 3-5 minutes, but don’t let it dry on the fabric.
  • Wash immediately in the hottest water recommended on the care label using detergent and Clorox2®.

After washing, air dry the items and check for success.  This is a general technique that I always advise. Stubborn stains that are partially removed can often be treated again, and you increase your chance of eventual success if you don’t heat-set any residual stain in a hot dryer.