I’m a professional cleaner – how to remove stains like poo and vomit from white onesies, plus mistakes to avoid

THE laundry is not lacking when you are a parent, especially with babies who go from one sleeper to another.

But if you’re struggling to get rid of those pesky stains, including poop, vomit, and even sunscreen, these tips might help.


Keep your baby’s white clothes spotless with these handy tips

Fabulous spoke with Neli Hristova, a housekeeper for Fantastic Services, as well as laundry expert and CEO of Laundryheap, Deyan Dimitrov, who each have a wealth of cleaning knowledge.

With years of experience between them, they know a thing or two to make whites whiter and brighter, plus some hassle-free stain removal tricks that actually work.

Here, the cleaning pros share the biggest mistakes many parents make when it comes to washing baby clothes.

And the most effective ways to remove common stains, including bodily fluids and food.


“Spitting up is one of the most common and stubborn stains a parent has to deal with,” says Neli. adding that they often reappear.

“The best you can do is act right away. If the stain is fresh, blot it with a damp cloth. If not, use a stiff bristle brush,” she suggests.

Deyan says to always remove any solid pieces left over from the garment.

“Try using the back of a spoon to scrape off as much of it as possible and paper towels to absorb excess moisture,” he says.

“Rinse the garment with cold water before applying baking soda to the affected area.

“Next, add lemon juice or vinegar and let the material fizz for a few minutes, before scrubbing the stain with an old toothbrush or your hands (with gloves!).”

Neli says club soda works great too. Next, rinse the material in warm water to remove the mixture, then add it to a standard wash cycle with regular detergent.

But don’t forget to air dry, says Neli, “because a clothes dryer will only set the stain even more.”

Cleaning tips and tricks

Here are some tips to help you clean your home like a pro:


“Cleaning poo from your baby’s clothes is inevitable once you become a parent,” says Neli, but cleaning it up isn’t as hard as you might think.

First, run the garment under cold water while the stain is still fresh, but “be sure to get as much of the poo out of the garment as possible,” she adds.

“Next, apply liquid dish soap directly to the stain, before rubbing it well with gloves and rinsing with more cold water,” says Deyan.

“Repeat these steps until the stain is barely visible and apply a stain remover before putting the garment in the washing machine.”

Alternatively, Neli suggests using a stain remover or hydrogen peroxide.

But don’t use too much stain remover as it will irritate your child’s skin. It might even leave a different stain on the textile.

“For hydrogen peroxide, soak clothes in cold water with 3% hydrogen peroxide and a little natural dish soap,” she says.

“If the stain is more stubborn, leave it as long as possible before putting it in the washing machine.”


If you happen to notice a pee-soaked garment a few hours after it occurs, soak the garment for 15 minutes in equal parts water and rubbing alcohol, suggests Deyan.

He says: “The stain should have dissolved after this time, so just add the garment to a normal wash cycle.

“If not, repeat the soaking step if necessary, this time replacing the rubbing alcohol with vinegar, before adding it to a normal wash.”


Since sunscreen is oil-based, it’s likely to leave dark brown or rust-like stains that can be difficult to remove from your newborn’s clothes, Deyan says.

But according to Neli, “the trick here is to use a strong detergent to remove the oil when washing clothes.”

“It will be better to rinse the clothes in cold running water first,” she advises.

“Next, mix a little warm water and dish soap.

“Blot the stain and rinse again with cold water before putting it in the washing machine.”

You can also use talcum powder or cornstarch, which work well for removing stains, Deyan says.

“Leave it on your clothes for about 10 minutes before shaking it off,” he explains.

“Next, pre-treat your garment by gently rubbing some stain remover or detergent into the stain with an old toothbrush.

“Let your clothes sit for 15 minutes before adding them to a normal wash cycle.”


Deyan says, “Rinse the garment in cold water as soon as possible.

“Dab the materials with a bit of laundry detergent and let sit for 30 minutes, before going through the washing machine as normal.”

If that doesn’t work initially, don’t be afraid to double down with a stain remover, he says, or use an enzyme soak for another 30 minutes.

And always remember to pre-treat formula stains first, says Neli.

“Formula stains contain proteins that make them even harder to remove from any type of clothing.”

She adds, “For best results, soak clothes in water with a cup of white vinegar. The longer the better.

“Once you’ve finished soaking, make a paste from baking soda and water. Rub the paste into the stain with your fingers, then wash it off.”


“Milk can harden into a sour, yellow mess if left for a few days before being properly processed,” says Deyan.

“To avoid this type of stain, immediately soak the garment in cold water for 5 minutes (avoid using lukewarm water, as this will still cook the milk!).”

Then let the clothes sit in the water for an additional 5 minutes if the stain has hardened.

“Add a pre-treatment to the stained area and scrub it in with an old toothbrush. Let the materials soak overnight before washing normally,” he says.


For sweat stains, Neli recommends soaking clothes in cold water mixed with white vinegar.

She says, “Let it soak for up to 30 minutes, then gently brush the stain away. Using a baking soda paste is also a good option.

“Simply mix three parts baking soda and one part water, rub into the stain, let sit for an hour, then rinse.”

Neli Hristova is a housekeeper for Fantastic Services


Neli Hristova is a housekeeper for Fantastic Services

4 mistakes parents make when washing baby clothes

According to Deyan, there are a few common mistakes many parents make.

1. Do not allow time to soak

“Skipping this important step can make stains much harder to remove, despite the high temperatures of a washing machine,” he says.

“Fill a bucket or tub with lukewarm water before adding the correct detergent and the clothes involved. Soaking items overnight will give you the best results.”

2. Assuming all garments can withstand normal wash cycles

Deyan says, “Most often, washing at high temperatures can lead to shrinkage, tearing and pilling.

“Onesie fabric is particularly delicate and requires special care, so before dealing with a stain, parents should read and follow the care instructions on each garment.”

3. Choosing the wrong detergent

Deyan says, “Parents should also use a non-biological detergent when washing their baby’s clothes, as biological detergents contain strong enzymes that could irritate their newborn’s skin.

“Non-biological detergents are just as effective but gentler on sensitive skin. »

4. Use fabric softener

Biggest mistake of all, according to Deyan.

He says: “Softener can significantly reduce the flame resistance of clothing and can also irritate their newborn’s skin.

“Because baby clothes are already treated with flame retardant chemicals for safety reasons, using fabric softener on flame retardant clothes can reduce their effectiveness.

“If these garments come into contact with high levels of heat or flame, they could be more susceptible to igniting. For this reason, avoid using fabric softener on garments labeled as flame resistant.

“If in doubt, check the garment label.

A general guide to washing onesies

1. Act fast

Neli says: “A fresh stain is always easier to remove than a stain that has become embedded in the fabric.

“When you don’t have time to wash stained baby clothes immediately, soak them in cold water mixed with hypoallergenic laundry detergent.”

2. Scrape off any excess

Neli says, “It doesn’t matter if the stain is solid, like a banana or liquid, like breast milk or formula, you have to remove the excess first.

“Remove or blot any excess with a clean paper towel, then rinse the garment under running water.”

3. Choose detergent wisely

“For newborns, only use detergents recommended by dermatologists. These don’t have much stain-fighting power, but they’re safe for baby’s new skin.

“For older children (1 year and older), you can use something with more stain removal power.”

4. Pretreat all stains

Neli says, “Most baby-related stains are either protein-based or just very colorful. Make a habit of pre-treating every stain if you want it to come out.

“You can use a mild stain remover or a mixture of baking soda/baking soda and water, or any other natural detergent.”

5. Wash at the hottest temperature possible

Neli says, “Most specialists recommend higher temperatures to kill any germs. But only if the fabric allows it.

“If not, ironing is also a good way to kill germs.”

6. Inspect before drying

Neli says, “After the cycle is complete, unload the clothes immediately.

“Make sure damp laundry is stain-free before hanging it on a drying rack or putting it in the dryer.

“If any stains remain, rinse and repeat the above steps until satisfied.”

7. Dry in the sun (if possible)

Neli says, “The sun is the best source of heat, free and inexhaustible, which will not only dry your babies, but also kill the remaining germs.

“Another great quality of the sun is that it can make certain spots less visible.

“It is considered to work very well on breast milk/formula stains, which turn yellow when set.”

Baby clothes should be washed differently than regular clothes


Baby clothes should be washed differently than regular clothesCredit: Getty

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