It’s no secret that tiny humans can make a big mess at mealtimes. No person, pet or object seems to be out of reach for an animated infant at dinner. It’s both impressive and puzzling that someone so small can launch food so far.
Even with the appropriate precautions, it’s only a matter of time until one or more of your favorite fashion pieces falls victim to a sweet potato smear, or a berry-stained hand. Here are 6 easy ways to remove baby food stains from your favorite clothing items:
1. THE WATER AND SOAP METHOD
When a stain is fresh, run the item under cold water with a bit of detergent hand soap. Lightly dap the food off your little one’s clothes, rather than set the stain in or let it spread. Let the item dry, then wash in the machine as usual.
2. THE DISTILLED WHITE VINEGAR METHOD
For stains that are already set in, pat the stain with distilled white vinegar until it’s fully damp. Then throw the item in the laundry. Don’t place it in the dryer if the stain persists. Instead, you might need to repeat the process. Vinegar can remove vomit, grass, and blood stains, too.
3. THE BAKING SODA (OR POWDERED DETERGENT) AND WATER METHOD
For this method, you can use powdered detergent if you don’t have baking soda, though baking soda helps with smelly stains. Pour 4 tablespoons of baking soda (or powdered detergent) and ¼ cup of warm water in a bowl and stir together to make a paste. Rub the paste onto the affected area and let it sit before tossing it in the wash. But wait! This method only works for clothing that isn’t color fast (clothing that doesn’t transfer color in the wash). You can test for color fastness by rubbing the item onto a white washcloth and seeing if any color transfers.
4. THE SELTZER WATER OR CLUB SODA METHOD
Sparkling water has been known to remove red wine stains from carpets and can work for food stains, too. Simply pat the bubbly onto the stain, let it dry, then launder. While this method doesn’t always work as well as those above, it’s still worth a try.
5. THE BLEACH METHOD
Stains on white clothing are arguably the worst kind, but in these instances bleach is your best friend. Wash the item with a ½ cup of bleach and then air dry. Bleach companies like Clorox warn against using bleach with clothing that is made of spandex, wool, silk, mohair, or leather.
6. THE TIDE TO GO PEN METHOD
This pen is like magic, especially for parents on-the-go. All you have to do is shake the pen and press down on the stain until it’s damp.