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Clean Up Stained Kids’ Clothes

Each time I grab clothes for our youngest from storage I am faced with stains.  I put clothes away washed and clean, but they come out with these awful, yellowed stains.   They are protein stains that develop from proteins left in the fibers from drool and other things.  I use to think that there was no saving them.  I tried washing every which way and nothing worked.  So when our youngest was due and I was faced with a tub of stained newborn clothes, I put my cloth diaper knowledge to work.  I used the sun!

It worked beautifully!  All of our baby clothes were saved and it was easy.  I have since used this on just about any, and all, natural stains with great success.

Removing Stubborn Stains:

  • Fill a laundry tub, washer or other basin about half full with hot water and add 2 or 3 massive scoops of OxiClean Free or “Baby”.(I mean the big green scoop that it usually comes with.)
  • It’s best to use rubber gloves and dissolve the Oxiclean in the water.
  • Then add every piece of stained clothing, being sure to get each saturated. The objective is not to have it be a big pool of water, but just enough to get everything sopping wet, and just a little left over (You want that OxiClean Free super concentrated!).
  • If you are dealing with protein stains, let it all soak overnight (otherwise a few hours should be enough).
  • Wash the clothing as usual, using a normal amount of detergent.  Do not dry in the dryer!
  • Then comes the rest of the magic. Hang your laundry to dry in the sunshine.

Voila! Every stain will vanish and your clothing will like new! The first time I tried this, I couldn’t believe it. Some of the stains were awful. I even had a couple of outfits that were headed for the trash, but I thought I’d toss them in and give them a chance. They looked like new too!

This is great for getting clothes ready for donating or yard sales, for salvaging stained family favorites and more.

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