Removing Stains on Baby Clothing

Have pureed yams forever ruined your baby’s pinstriped pajamas? No worries! With a little persistence, ingenuity, (and possibly vinegar) the garment might just be restored to its original brilliance.

Of course with all of the below stains, the best option is to quickly wet and pre-treat the item so that the stain doesn’t have a chance to dry. If it is dried without your knowing, you can still give the following remedies a try!

Try these simple tricks for specific stains:

  • Berries: Boil water, stretch the garment tight over a pan, exposing the stain. Then pour the very hot water down over the stain. If that doesn’t work try mixing vinegar and toothpaste to remove the stain.
  • Blood: First soak the clothing in cold salt water and then rub with detergent. If that doesn’t work try applying dish soap, letting it sit for a bit, rinsing thoroughly and letting it dry in the sun.
  • Feces: Wash and then let the stain be naturally bleached out by sunlight. If that doesn’t do the trick, try Nature’s Miracle Stain Remover.  There’s no need to use bleach with cloth diapers!
  • Grass: First work in some rubbing alcohol and then allow it to dry. Afterwards treat it with detergent and rinse with cold water. If none of those things work, try Bac-Out or Nature’s Miracle Stain Remover.
  • Mustard: Mix rubbing alcohol with dish soap and rub into the stain.
  • Tomato Sauce: Rub dish soap or dishwasher detergent into the stain and then run cold ice over the stain. Repeat multiple times until the stain works itself out. (I have to share that I managed to cover myself in spaghetti sauce at a lovely restaurant while dining without my children. After many applications of dish soap and ice, the stains came out completely even though they were dried into my clothes.)

What are your favorite stain removal tricks? Do you have any recipes for a homemade stain pre-treatment? Are there stain removal victories you’d like to share?


  1. The person’s own spit will remove their blood stains. I know it sounds crazy (and gross!) but a little drop of blood from a mosquito bite on a dress shirt can ruin it for good and a nighttime nose bleed can destroy a whole sheet set! If you save your old toothbrushes to clean with (and small scrub brush will due though) just spit on the old toothbrush and then scrub the stain with the brush & spit. Works like a charm! You’ve got to try it!

  2. I love the boiling water with the berries – works with red wine too and I heard a rumor red kool-aid. It’s like a miracle how the stain just completely disappears.

  3. Hydrogen Peroxide works on all of the above. And much much easier. My stain remover is hydrogen peroxide mixed with a little Bac-Out in a spray bottle. Spray on stains and let set for a few hours or overnight, then launder as usual. Or leave until the stain’s gone. This removed large blueberry stains from my daughter’s clothes completely after leaving overnight.

  4. I use a spray bottle filled 50/50 water & vinegar. Spray on the spaghetti sauce stain, then rub in some dish soap & rinse cold. Seems to work for me.

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