Feb 23 , 2021
While a little baby is truly a bundle of joy, the pleasures also come with some challenging times. For anyone who has been a parent for even a short while, you will know that babies can get a little messy. For many parents, a time will come when you have to make a choice: either try to clean the clothes that have been stained with your child’s waste or throw them out. The question will arise concerning how to get baby poop out of clothes.
It is at this point when many clothing items have simply been thrown in the trash. While a number of parents out there don’t want to hassle with the cleaning process, there are also a number of parents who do not know the best method for success when it comes to cleaning poop out of clothing.
As a result, this quick guide has been developed as a resource for those troubling times. The following six steps should help you to know how to get baby poop out of clothes.
Step 1: Take action
At the point of contact, an immediate response is required. For most of you, this step will not come as a shock. The longer a substance is allowed to sit on a fabric, the greater the stain potential will be. Hurry, and don’t waste time – quickly take action to save the articles of clothing.
Step 2: Remove the substance
If there is a large quantity of poop on the stained garments, remove what can be easily removed with a paper towel or baby wipe. This should be done without scrubbing and without trying very hard to remove the substance. If it is hard to remove the poop with either a wipe or paper towel, move on to the next step.
Step 3: Rinse and soak
After quickly taking action, you will want to find the nearest sink. This can also be done outside with a hose and a bucket if you do not want to use a sink in your home. Take your articles of clothing to your sink and flip them inside out.
After flipping the clothing inside out, put the stained area underneath the cold flowing water. By flipping the garment inside out, this will allow the stain and the substance to be pushed out and away from the material rather than into the material.
If you are able, avoid scrubbing at this point. Scrubbing may damage the fabric and could work the stain into the fabric. Simply allow the water to work out the stain for a time.
Depending on the size of the stain it could be a good idea to let the fabric soak for an hour or so before moving onto the next step.
Step 4: Pretreat the stain
After the soaking of the garment has reached a plateau, it is time for you to pretreat the soiled garments. There are a number of different products on the market today which should work just fine. OxiClean is a fan favorite and has been around for years. Some other products include Zout and Biz.
In looking for a stain-fighting pretreatment product, it is important to know that the stain you are dealing with is a protein stain. When it comes to protein-based stains, finding a pretreatment product that contains an enzymatic formula will be best suited for the job.
Step 5: Launder
Finally, the time has come to give it whirl. Throw the soiled garments into the wash and if you are able, use hot water to aid in disinfecting. If your garments do not wash well in hot water, that is okay; run them under a normal cycle.
Step 6: Observe
This step is crucial and must be followed if you want to save your articles of clothing. Before putting the clothing into the dryer, make sure that you check the garments for stains that have not entirely been removed. If the garments are still stained, you could put more pretreatment formula on the stain and wash the garment again.
Putting the garment into the dryer before the stain is removed will solidify the stain within the fabric. It will literally become the point of no return, and the fabric will be forever stained.
If the garment is free of stains, the job is just about done. Throw it in the dryer and let out a sigh of relief.
While a number of you may just opt for discarding the soiled garments, I hope that there is another group that has found this information helpful. Once again, act quickly, remove what you can, rinse and soak your fabric, pretreat your stain, and put your soiled garments into the wash. However, whatever you do, make sure the stain is removed before drying them.