Baby Poop Stain Removal: The Secret Weapon Every Parent Should Know About
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Warning: This post contains pictures of baby poop stains! Avert your eyes if you are squeamish!
If you’ve been with your kid since the beginning, you will relate when I say that laundry in the first few months of a baby’s life is a real pain in the ass. For me, it felt like every other day I had to change my daughter’s clothes at least a few times. Newborn poop is no joke, especially if the kid is breastfed like mine was.
The frustrating thing was sending her poopy clothes through the washer only for them to come out with a yellow brown stain still on them. Now I’m not that vain of a person, but I am vain; and I’ll be damned if my baby was going to
walk crawl lay around with a poop stain on the back of her onesie that no one would ever see.
So what’s a mom to do? As I am under the age of 97, I obviously went to Google and did an Internet search on this problem. While I didn’t find any websites or blogs discussing this particular dilemma, I did find some chat room threads. Unanimously, the real moms of the world declared OxiClean their savior in the laundry room.
Mom to the Rescue
I immediately texted my mom, who was out to lunch with friends, that everyone on the Internet says Oxiclean is the go-to stain remover for baby poop and to please pick some up at the store for me. (I probably didn’t say please in the text. I just added it in there to make me look like a better person than I actually am) My mom had to buy it because at that time, I never left the house because a) my daughter cried all the time and b)…. Wait, there’s no b). I never left the house because if my daughter was awake, she was crying. I am not being hyperbolic. She was a champ at the whole colic thing.
My mom brought me back OxiClean Laundry Stain Remover Spray and OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover. The next time my daughter soiled a onesie, I ran cold water over the stain and removed as much of the poop as I could. I then sprayed the stain with the Laundry Stain Remover Spray. (I have also since become a fan of OxiClean Max Force Spray for pre-treating stains) When I ran her next load of laundry, I tossed in a scoop of the Versatile Stain Remover powder.
OxiClean to the Rescue
The results were amazing! When I use OxiClean (which is always), rarely do my daughter’s clothes come out with stains still on them.
If a stain is particularly stubborn and doesn’t come out after one wash (a.k.a. every baby poop stain known to man), I will soak the article of clothing in very hot water with a scoop of the Versatile Stain Remover powder. After a few hours, the stain magically disappears.
I also do this trick if dye from another garment (usually something red) transfers onto a white garment. Just soak the stained fabric for a while, and poof! It’s gone. It’s like witnessing a miracle.
I have found the Versatile Stain Remover powder works best if you wash in warm or hot water. When I wash in cold water, the powder doesn’t all dissolve. I also do a second rinse and spin to ensure there are no leftover clumps of powder when I pull the clothes out of the washer.
OxiClean May Make You Want to Start a Blog
Using OxiClean has made my time in the laundry room so much better. About a year ago, I remember thinking, “This is something people need to know about!” I wanted to tell people all of the things I was learning as a new parent, which is when the idea to start a blog began to germinate in my mind.
I so hope that if you are frustrated with stains, especially baby poop stains, that you give OxiClean a shot, and that you find it as useful a tool in your laundry arsenal as I do.
Have you tried OxiClean? What did you think?