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How to Remove Poop Stains from Baby Clothes and Underwear

Parenting doesn’t only mean taking care of your kids as they grow up. It also comes with a big pile of laundry. And I mean dirty, stained laundry. Here are tips and tricks the next time you deal with poop-stained baby clothes and underwear.

Have you experienced holding your sweet little one then you suddenly heard an airy explosion on his bottom? The next thing you knew your favorite baby onesie or pair of pants is soiled with a custardy little human excretion. Or, are you potty training your toddler then he comes to you with a bump in his pants?

You can’t avoid it. No matter how hard you try! Babies and toddlers are stain magnets! Part of that is because of what comes out of their behinds. The best thing to do is to deal with it and remove poop stains the smart way.

Tips On Removing Poop Stains on Baby Clothes and Underwear

Fabrics react differently to the temperature of the water or bleach products. Check the fabric’s care instructions before using any of the products listed below. In general, here are some tips to make poop stain removal one step easier. 

Wash the stained cloth as soon as possible. The sooner you deal with it, the less stains can penetrate the fabric. Don’t let the stain sit for too long. Scrape any excess poop then wash.

Use cold water to flush the stain. Let it run or wash the item in cold water. Hot water sets it.

Spot treat or soak. Before tossing them in the washer, be sure there is no more stain left. Let your stain removing agent sit for a few hours or soak overnight.

Always test the product if it is color safe. You can put a small amount of your stain remover on the inside hem. Stop immediately if there is any discoloration.

Repeat as needed. If the poop stain is not removed totally, repeat the treating process before tossing it in the dryer.

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Amazing Products To Remove Poop Stains from Baby Clothes And Underwear

If you’re pressed for time, like I am, you can always order stain removers online and save time from running to the grocery. These products work great too!

Oxiclean MaxForce Laundry Stain Remover Spray

Formulated with 5 stain fighting ingredients to deal with stubborn stains. Spray it directly on the stained surface, let it sit for 5 minutes, or wash it a week after. If you need a product that takes care of your baby clothes from any poop stains, Oxiclean does the job.

Fels-Naptha

It’s been around for over a 100 years! This product has nothing to prove when it comes to dealing with the toughest stains.  Surely our great grandparents witnessed how this bar can work overtime. Just rub the wet bar over the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Wash as you would usually do after.

Miss Mouth’s Messy Eater Stain Treater

Don’t let the stain ruin your day because this treating agent got your back. Miss Mouth’s Messy Eater Stain Treater is nontoxic and works in almost all stains from our little mess makers. Available in spray bottle or single-use wipes, you can finally say goodbye to stain.

Dial Bar Antibacterial Soap

When it comes to poop stains, handwashing might be your first option. What can you trust to remove the stain while disinfecting it? Dial Bar antibacterial soap. This bar soap is effective in lifting the dirt without overwhelming your nose.

Dawn Dish Soap Platinum

Thrifty doesn’t mean cheap. Dawn Dish Soap is not only tough on dishes but also on poop stains. It is a great product to keep in your laundry closet too. A drop of Dawn dish soap and hydrogen peroxide, rub it, wash, and the stain comes right out.

Dawn Powerwash Spray

Another amazing product from Dawn is its Power spray. Works like a charm, spray it directly on stain, let it sit until you need to wash and here comes your cloth looking brand new.

Spray ‘N Wash

Spray ‘N Wash won’t let you down. This product is formulated with powerful ingredients that can penetrate any stain. It is color safe and can work in both hot and cold water.

Buncha Farmers Stain Remover Stick

Safety is one of our priorities. And with all the harmful chemicals in the market, we only let safe and natural products come into our homes. Thanks to Buncha Farmers stain remover stick. It might be gentle on your skin but tough on dirt. Try it and see the miracle it can do on your dirty laundry.

Nellie’s Wow Stick Stain Remover

Another natural product that fights heavy stains is Nellie’s Wow Stick. It contains lemongrass and orange essential oils to give your laundry a fresh wow scent. Rub it on stain, sit then wash. 

Ecosense Prespot 4x Concentrate Stain Remover

A little drop goes a long way. This concentrate is 4x powerful on hardest stains. Dissolve it in a spray bottle with 1:4 concentrate to water ratio and spray it on the stain before washing.

Zote Laundry Soap Bar

Gentle on your hands and laundry, Zote soap bar is specially formulated to lift stains out of your clothes. It comes in pink, blue and white bars. It contains citronella essential oils that leave a fragrant scent that lasts.

The Laundress New York Stain Solution

How far does a drop go? With The Laundress stain solution, it can go a long way. A drop of this concentrated formula can safely remove stubborn stains. Old or new, colored or not, this formula can deal with them all.

Natural Products to Remove Stubborn Poop Stain on Baby Clothes and Underwear

If you don’t want synthetic, manufactured, and non-natural products touching your child’s clothes, then explore these natural solutions to removing poop stains!

Sun

Back in the days where chemical stain removers nor diapers were not available in the market yet, have you ever wondered how our grandmas kept cloth diapers clean from poop stains? It was because of the sun. Yes, you heard me right, the mighty, glorious sun. The sun acts as a natural bleach and kills germs on clothes.

You can wash the stained clothes as usual and let them air dry in the sun.  Be sure that the stain is directly hit by the sun rays or natural bleaching won’t work as much as you want to. For more bleaching power on tough stains, you can spray lemon water directly on the stain then hang in the sun. The lemon reacts with sunlights effectively removing the stains. Be cautious how long you need to air dry your clothes, some garments are heat sensitive and can cause damage if exposed to extreme temperatures.

Vinegar

One of the reasons why every home should have vinegar is not only does it make your salad taste amazing but it also works wonders around the household. Aside from cooking, vinegar can also be used as a natural disinfectant, deodorizer, and stain remover. There are many ways you can use vinegar to remove the poop stain on baby clothes and underwear. 

  1. Mix 1 part of distilled vinegar to 3 parts water. Soak the stained cloth for 20-30 minutes or overnight as needed.
  2. Directly spot treat the stain and let it sit as needed. 
  3. Make a paste using an equal part of baking soda and vinegar. Apply the paste directly on the stain, scrub and let it sit for 30 minutes or as needed. Wash as usual.

Baking Soda

Another commonly used item at home is sodium bicarbonate or baking soda. It is safe and non-toxic for most uses. Aside from baking, it can also be used as natural deodorizer, cleaner, and stain remover.

Mix 2 parts baking soda to 1 part water. If you use 2 tablespoons of baking soda, add 1 tablespoon of water. This paste can be used to pretreat a stained cloth. Apply the paste directly on the stained spot, let it sit for 30 minutes. Wash as usual. 

Lemon

When life gives you lemon, instead of making it a lemonade, use it as a stain remover. Lemon, as a stain remover, is very easy to use. Squeeze the lemon directly into the stained surface, let it sit then wash with water. Depending on the stubbornness of the stain, you can rub the lemon juice with salt, then wash with water. For more bleaching effect, let the cloth dry in the sun.

Hydrogen Peroxide

If you don’t want to use acidic cleaners like vinegar and lemon to remove the stain, then hydrogen peroxide is your next best resort. As a bleaching agent, it makes the stain invisible by breaking down its chemical bond. To use hydrogen peroxide as a bleach, mix ½ cup to two cups of water. Soak for 10-15 minutes then wash as usual. Or, you can directly spot treat the stained cloth with a few drops on the stain.

Hydrogen peroxide is highly sensitive to light. When exposed to light, it loses its cleaning ability. It can also give best results if newly opened. 

Borax

Not known to many, borax, also knows as sodium borate, is natural mineral from evaporated deposits of seasonal lakes. It is a weak base with a pH level of 9.13 so it can break down stain without damaging the fabric.

To pretreat the poop stained baby clothes and underwear, add a ½ cup of borax to water and let it soak overnight or just until you are ready to wash.

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Dealing with stains is just one of the realities we need to deal with as moms and dads. Thankfully, there are a lot of options we can use to deal with it. What would you add to the list above?

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10 thoughts on “How to Remove Poop Stains from Baby Clothes and Underwear

  1. This was really my problem when my boy wasn’t potty trained yet. This is a very helpful post for mom’s who’s having the same kind of concern with removing stains.

  2. Such an awesome post to any parents out there. Definitely a big help and a great way to clean our baby’s clothes in the right way, efficiently and easily.

  3. Great tips for new parents especially! I was fortunate that we didn’t have too many poop stain incidents, but when we did it was critical to rinse it in cool water and treat it asap!

  4. These are all fabulous tips for removing all stubborn stains. I remember how hard it was to remove baby yellow poop stains. Dawn Power Spray has been my go-to for everything lately!

  5. Definitely an honest article from a parent who has experienced such a thing. Oxyclean was my go-to for everything. Sending this to friends with little ones. Thank you.

  6. I do a lot of soaking for items with stains. We did cloth diapers for a while and I don’t even remember what I did for stains, although I remember a lot of sun drying!

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