Monday, September 19, 2011

Laundry tips for baby clothes

We love spending money on our children. Especially on all those adorable clothing collections. In an effort to maximize longevity and make sure your designer duds look their best here are our tips on laundry care for the little ones:

•For protein stains like formula, breast milk and diaper stains, soak the garment in cold water and then apply an enzyme-based cleaner or pretreatment cleaner directly to the stain. Give the cleaner a chance to attack the stain before washing the garment. Never soak a garment in hot water because it will only set the stain.

I always suggest natural cleaners that are safe for the environment and our families. Whatever you use be sure to use care and if necessary keep out of reach of children.

•If the stain persists, you can try an all-purpose stain remover. Rub gently and rinse. With diaper stains, try placing the garment outside in the sun. It works as natural bleach.

•For oily stains from baby products, such as lotions, baby oils and petroleum jelly, your first course of action should be to absorb some of the oil with cornstarch. Let the cornstarch set for 30 minutes. Then scrape it off and treat the fabric with a pre-treat solvent. A frugal alternative is to apply dish liquid to the stain and soak. Rinse with vinegar. Then launder as usual.

I experienced this one first hand when my three year old painted his room with butt paste. Dawn dish soap and some natural melaleuca dish soap worked great.

•For fruit and vegetable stains, soak in cold water. Blot as much of the stain as possible. Hydrogen peroxide or vinegar can help remove these stains, too. Apply a pre-treat solvent and launder as usual.

Additional note: when it comes to crayon and other tough stains on fabric and even walls... Try WD40?! I had no idea how many uses it had...more on that tomorrow:)

What other tricks do you have?

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