Best tips to clean baby pooh stains from clothing (avoiding bleach)

Most babies will go through a phase of explosive, up-the-back pooh. Then stain removal becomes an issue, as newborn (and especially breast-fed) baby poop, is one of the hardest stains to remove.

Here are my best tips from personal experience – and collected from friends, books and internet sites.

Try the following in sequence:
1) Use just cold water to remove as much as you can of the stain. The quicker you are to put it under cold water, the more likely you are to get the stain off. If you have other things to do, leave the dirty item to soak in a cold water bucket until you can deal with it. The cold water will prevent the stain from settling in.
2) Then hand wash the stain with Fairy dishwashing liquid (yes… it works wonders!). Use warm water and a nail brush, if necessary, to scrub the stain. Some fabrics have patters that might fade if you scrub too hard so just start gently, then rinse and check.
3) Once you cannot see much of the stain you have two choices. Put it in the washing machine right away for a normal 40 degrees cycle with a non-bio detergent and Napisan. Alternatively, if you don’t have enough laundry for a full load, leave it to soak again in a bucket of water with some Napisan.
4) After your normal machine cycle, resist the temptation to use the drier. If the stain is not completely gone, it will be much harder to remove post drier. Ideally dry the item in the sun. Given the typical British weather conditions, maybe just leave it on a hanger to dry.
5) Finally, if the stain is not gone yet start the process again from the Fairy liquid phase. It works!


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