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Stain remover toddler clothes

Knit happens!  In order to save water and energy, pretreat always, spot clean often, and wash only when needed!  That’s a beautiful sentiment, but parents with little ones may be inclined to do a quick rinse and toss laundry straight in the machine.  Read on for a quick toddler clothes stain remover recipe.  Keep the ingredients in your pantry and mix it up when the kids end up looking like this little one!

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photo credit Senjuti Kundu on Unsplash


My Favorite Pretreat Solution

  • 2 parts Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 part liquid blue soap
  • Enough Baking Soda to make a paste (typically equal to 1part)

  toddler clothes stain remover mixed

*Always test a small area of the garment to make sure colors will not fade with this solution.

Once hydrogen peroxide is exposed to sunlight it begins to decompose, so, unfortunately, you will have to make a fresh solution each time. It only takes a minute if you keep the materials on hand for this toddler clothes stain remover.

Use

  1. Scrape off any excess material from the stain with a spoon or butter knife.
  2. Turn the item inside out and rinse the stain with cold water, this pushes out any larger leftover particles.
  3. Back to the outside of the item, apply the solution directly on to the stain. Lightly massage it in so it works its way into the fibers.
  4. Let it sit for at least an hour.
  5. Turning the item inside out again, rinse the solution out with cold water, and check the stain. If it is still there, repeat but let it sit overnight.

In the previous post, I talked about a few key habits you can start to alter today to be more sustainable in your laundry practices.

I recently conducted a poll to get an idea of the most common stains.  A whopping majority of stains from those polled come from pizza.  That may be a skewed statistic since I’m in NYC because we have really good pizza.  Tied for second place are chocolate and wine, I’m guilty of these!  Rounding out third place is coffee stains.  All of which will stain permanently if not treated properly.  I did expect more stains caused directly by those toddlers, but it seems parents are the culprits.

I recreated the three common stains to show how well the pretreat solution works.  The wine and coffee washed off after an hour of pretreating.  The pizza needed to sit overnight, I had nuked it to make sure it was hot enough to cause a stain. The cheese ended up deep in the fibers but did come off.

coffee

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wine

red wine stain   

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pizza

   toddler clothes stain remover dry cheese

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toddler clothes stain remover sauce grease   toddler clothes stain remover pizza oil

Results

After the last rinse, I let these air- dry, scroll to see the results!

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   toddler clothes stain remover cleaned   

Gone.  Completely gone!  Wrinkled because I didn’t fluff, but I wanted to make sure the stains were gone before I added any heat as heat will set the stain.  Use this toddler clothes stain remover, for the kids and for yourself!

If you’re like me and want to go deep on where these ingredients come from and how they are manufactured, sign up below!

#consistencychallenge: July 2020

 


 

eddys brand celebrates family and the spirit of connection and togetherness by creating essential garments for babies and toddlers, future big brothers and sisters, that can be passed down and are made to last through multiple rounds of grass stains, first teeth, and lots and lots of smiles.

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