Are you trying to remove yellow stains from baby clothes after a blowout? You’re not alone. Getting poop stains out of baby clothes can feel impossible. But here’s a really easy, all natural way to get those darn yellow stains out! Even if they’re set in. Here’s to saving that adorable outfit, mama!
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It doesn’t matter how many times people tell you this. You don’t fully understand until you’re in it. Literally.
There is so much poop with babies!
Having a baby is embracing a life full of poop. More poop than you care to imagine.
Obviously they’re a million times worth it (the baby, that is), but seriously. So much poop.
Before kids, a “blow out” was having a hairstylist make hair all shiny and straight. A “blowout” now has a completely different meaning. And it ain’t nearly as awesome.
Isn’t it crazy how yellow newborn poop is? It’s like turmeric yellow. It stains everything. So when a baby blows out a diaper, that staining powered yellow poop can utterly ruin the cutest outfit you’ve ever seen in under 5 seconds, right?!
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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve simply thrown away baby clothes because the poop stains were just that bad.
And if the baby happens to explode while you’re out and about (which is, like, exactly when they blowout their diaper), you may not be able to soak the clothing right away.
Even though I’m not a fan of using bleach and haven’t bought any in over 6 years, I’ve almost bought some just because I can’t get the stupid baby poop stains out, dag nabbit!
They can seem impossible.
But I’ve cracked it.
After 4 kids, I’ve finally figured out how to get almost any yellow stain out of baby clothes, no matter how long it’s sat. Naturally.
No toxic chemicals.
This has worked on baby clothes that have been left in a baggie in the car for an extended period of time…
I’ll just be totally real here:
I did this for poopy baby clothes that I left in a top-knot bag for 4 days in the car after completely forgetting about them.
It was a very unpleasant surprise to find them.
I hope I’m not the only one who’s done this. But it’s the truth even if I am.
This method can work for those set-in stains that have already been through the dryer, but it is harder and may require a repeat session. So if you have a baby poop stain you want to get out, but it doesn’t come out in the wash, don’t dry it! Try this method again.
What you’ll need to remove those yellow stains naturally
How to get yellow poop stains out of baby clothes
As soon as you can, rinse the poop stain very well. Get it wet and get any remaining chunks off.
Use a couple drops of natural dish soap on the stain and really scrub it in, getting it all sudsy. You can either rinse it, or just leave it all soapy for the next part.
In a medium bowl, add enough warm water to cover the clothes fully, but just. Add 2 T-¼ cup of Baby OxiClean and “scrunch it” into the dirty clothes and water. Allow it to soak for 2-4 hours.
Add the dirty clothes to a load of clothes in your washer and wash as normal.
Remember: Before drying the baby clothes, double check that piece of clothing to make sure the stain is fully out! If not, repeat the process. It gets harder to remove the stain the more the clothes go through the dryer.
A note on what’s so great about Baby OxiClean
- It only contains two ingredients (sodium percarbonate and sodium carbonate (known as soda ash)) which are derived from nature
- Because it’s naturally derived, it’s biodegradable. It has a high rating on the EWG website, and has no additives. This makes it a great product to use on baby clothes, especially if your little has sensitive skin (like all of mine do).
- Sodium percarbonate, which breaks down into hydrogen peroxide, is a natural bleaching and lifting agent that is safe for colors, while killing germs (which is extra great when talking poop in my opinion)
- Baby OxiClean also contains soda ash which has great cleaning power
For extra yellow stain removing power
If you STILL have a stubborn poop stain on those baby clothes, grab some hydrogen peroxide.
Mix a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of dish soap and scrub it into the yellow stain on baby clothes with
your husband’s a toothbrush. (I actually LOVE this replaceable head brush from Grove. It’s perfect for scrubbing large stains. And you could have a specific scrubber for dirty jobs like this and a separate head for dishes (also a dirty job, but different)).
Allow the mixture to sit on the stain for 5 minutes, then wash as normal.
Note of caution: hydrogen peroxide can have a bleaching effect, so use it at your own risk. My view has been, “the outfit might already be ruined from the poop stain, so what harm is there in trying?”
That stain should be completely gone now, and your adorable baby outfit fully restored. Until next time. 😉