You dress your baby in the cutest outfit and ogle at how adorable she is. Of course, you take tons of pictures to post on Instagram, share on Facebook, and send to Grandma. And BOOM!! Suddenly baby has poop up to her ears and you don’t know how to salvage that adorable outfit and remove that baby poop stain.
Yup… Been there. Done that.
Almost as soon as Baby J. was born, I started looking for ways to remove those pesky poop stains from clothes.
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Although I’d rather avoid baby blowouts entirely, I knew there would be a time in my very near future that I would need this information. I also knew that I didn’t want to be searching for a solution while holding a poop-covered outfit and comforting a screaming (and poopy) baby.
First, I read a ton of articles and then I asked for advice from everyone I knew. But I kept running into the three same problems:
Problem: I’d have to buy some exotic, highly overpriced item that I couldn’t find in any local store.
Nope! As much as I love my free shipping with Amazon Prime, this isn’t the kind of problem that can wait two days for supplies to arrive…
Problem: There were tons of complicated and confusing steps.
Nope! I wanted to be able to deal with blowouts as soon as they happened, and didn’t want to spend hours working on stain removal.
Problem: They just didn’t work and the stain was still there!
NOPE!! I didn’t want a faint little yellow stain (or a giant, dark-yellow stain) after putting in all of that work. Instead, I expected the stain to be completely gone.
After some mixing and matching and LOTS of trial and error, I finally found a solution that is super easy, quick, and works every time!
Read through to see my favorite strain removing tips and then leave a comment with what works best for you!
Make your life easier and use these 6 steps to salvage your adorable baby outfits (even after even the worst baby blowouts)!
*Note: For best results, it is vital to start this process as soon as possible after the blowout.
Step 1: Rinse the outfit with cold water.
The goal of this step is to remove as much of the poop as quickly as possible. Warm water will set the stain, so be sure to use cold water. As you rinse the item, scrub the stained area as much as possible.
You can scrub the area with your fingers (gross, but convenient) or use a dedicated toothbrush/scrubber that is only for these types of stains. Make sure to label these carefully so no one accidentally uses the toothbrush for their mouth or the scrubber on your dishes…
Step 2: Apply a stain remover to the area.
We’ve always used Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover Pens. And let me tell you, they are amazing! Once I knew how well they worked, I stocked up on the 12-pack so I could keep a few pens handy everywhere that I might need them!
What I really like about these pens is that I can add the stain remover and then use the pen to scrub the area even more. Take your time and really scrub the area, applying more stain remover as you go.
Many times, if I scrub the area really well, almost all of the stain will be out after this step!
Time-Saving Tip: If you are in a hurry and it’s not your best outfit, you can skip this step. I always do this step if I really want to make sure that the stain comes out. Otherwise, I typically skip this step and save some time.
Step 3: Soak with OxiClean.
This is the easiest and most important step in the stain removal process. I seriously underestimated how amazing OxiClean was until I started working to master baby blowout stains!
Add OxiClean to a bucket. I use an old ice cream pail/small cleaning bucket and a half scoop of it. If I have multiple items, I’ll use a bigger bucket and a full scoop.
I typically soak the clothes for about 24 hours. I’m fairly certain that it doesn’t need to be that long, but I have let really bad stains sit for 2-3 days and it completely takes it out. Every single time!!
Time-Saving Tip: If I have an outfit that is particularly gross and I am okay with throwing it away just in case the stain doesn’t come out, I skip the first two steps and just soak it right away. I’ve been amazed at how well just this step works! Honestly, this is the method I use the most often now because it’s so easy!
Example: Baby J. had a particularly productive poo and there was poop ALL over a white onesie. It. Was. Nasty.
I wasn’t up for scrubbing it. So I figured that I would soak it and just throw away if the stain didn’t come out. After a
Step 4: Throw it in the washing machine.
After soaking, it’s time for a wash! I just throw it in the washing machine with the rest of my load and wash on normal settings.
No extra loads or special settings here! We’re all about making life easy!
I use Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder, which I did have to order online since I couldn’t find it in a local store. It’s a very gentle scentless soap, which is easy on Baby J’s skin (and great for me since almost any scent will trigger a migraine).
Although my search was to find normal, “easy-to-buy-at-a-local-store” items, I let this soap break the rules. This is because I use it for all of our laundry. Which means that I don’t have to scramble to find some when we have a blowout, because we already have it on hand for our day-to-day laundry.
When I read reviews, it claimed to be a great soap for removing stains in cloth diapers AND removing build-up from other soaps, which is why we choose to use it.
Even though Baby J. has had troubles with other soaps, he does great with this one. Although this soap hasn’t worked to remove the stain on its own, it can remove all of the OxiClean residue. This is perfect because I only need one load to clean the laundry AND remove the OxiClean. Otherwise, I’d have to do an extra load or it would irritate Baby J’s skin.
Step 5: Check to see if the stain has been removed.
After it comes out of the washing machine, it’s a good idea to check the outfit to make sure that the stain is gone. Once you dry it with heat before the stain is gone, it can set and become very hard to fully remove.
If the stain is still there, start at step one and repeat each of these steps again. But if the stain is gone, you’re almost done!
Time-Saving Tip: I’ll be honest with you. I almost never check to see if the stain is gone or not. That’s because I’m lazy and this works so well for me that the stain has always been gone after the first try. If you’re lazy like me and it’s not the most special outfit, save yourself some time and don’t worry too much about this step.
Step 6: Throw it in the dryer.
Now that you’ve gone through the steps, you can finally dry your outfit.
Dry it. Fold it. And smile knowing that you don’t have to worry about that pesky stain anymore!
There you have it! No wasted time. No left-over stains. And no mourning over another adorable outfit ruined by a baby blowout.
What is your favorite way to save time while removing blowout stains?
Please leave a comment below! I can’t wait to hear what suggestions you have!