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How to Remove Stains out of Toddler Clothes Using Natural Stain Removers that Can be Found at Home

How to Remove Stains out of Toddler Clothes Using Natural Stain Removers that Can be Found at Home

We have all had those days where we put our kids in an adorable outfit, the one that makes you think “Man, what a cute kid I have!”, and send them off to school for the day.  Then after running around, working and everything else that is thrown your way, you get home and find your sweet child vaguely resembling Pig-Pen.  What could they have possibly gotten into over the course of a 6-hour school day?  Grass stains, ketchup smudges, a mystery brown spot, and who knows what else.  You toss the outfit into the washer and pray that you can save it. But 9 times out of 10 that once gorgeous frock ends up in the “play clothes” bin. Instead of adding to this bin ever again, keep clothes looking beautiful and stain-free with our handy stain fighting guide.



Every stain is different and because of this, sometimes you need a little extra pretreating beyond the typical stain spray and detergent.  Below we have created a list of the most useful items to have in your laundry room in case of stain emergencies:

  • LOTS of Liquid Detergent
  • Dish Soap
  • Vinegar
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Soda Water
  • Salt
  • Old Toothbrush
  • Two Scrubbing Brush (dry and wet)
  • One Gallon Bucket
  • Stain Stick/Spray


Lilladu Tip: Wondering why hairspray is not listed above? While this handy product used to be a stain removing secret, over the years the composition of this product has changed and it no longer has enough alcohol to carry the stain fighting power punch that it used to. Instead, rubbing alcohol is your best bet.



Here are a handful of typical stains and suggestions of products and methods to help remove them and keep everyone’s clothes looking their best. 


 Spaghetti Sauce:

  • Use a dry soft-bristled scrubbing brush to remove the excess sauce
  • Run cold water over the back of the stain
  • Apply liquid detergent, rub the fabric together, and use the scrubbing brush to work the detergent into the fabric


  • Soak the garment in vinegar for 20+ minutes



  • Use a dry soft scrubbing brush to remove the excess ketchup
  • Run cold water over the back of the stain


Butter / Margarine:

  • Rub dish soap over the stained area
  • In the sink or in a bucket add warm water and a few tablespoons of liquid detergent
  • Soak the item for about 30 minutes



  • Remove the excess chocolate from the item
  • Run soda water over the back of the stain
  • Apply liquid detergent, use soft scrubbing brush to work the detergent into the fabric
  • Let the item sit for 10+ minutes



  • Use a flat object (like a butter knife or spoon) to scrape the excess off – if the stain is fresh blot with a paper towel to remove the excess yogurt
  • Mix together dish soap (about one tablespoon) with warm water (about two cups)
  • With a clean sponge, go over the stained area with the soap mixture


Coffee or Tea:

  • Run under cold water or pour soda water over the back of the stain
  • Apply liquid detergent and with a soft scrubbing brush work the soap into the fabric
  • Let the item sit for a few minutes before laundering


  • Mix together 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water
  • Soak the stained area with the mixture
  • Set in a sunny place to dry


Grape Juice, Berries, Red Wine:

(This one is tough if it has set for some time)

  • Blot the area with a paper towel
  • Turn the item inside out and pull the fabric tight over a small bucket or bowl (only one layer of fabric – otherwise the stain will transfer to the other side)
  • Rinse with boiling water
  • If the stain remains, cover the area with salt and rinse with boiling water again


Grass Stains:

  • Mix together vinegar and baking soda to create a paste
  • Using a scrubbing brush or toothbrush to apply the paste to the stains



  • Rinse the stained area under cold water
  • Saturate the stain with vinegar and let it soak for 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse again
  • If the stain remains, soak the area in vinegar and pour salt on top and let it sit 15-20 minutes
  • Rinse before washing
  • Launder as usual and if the stain does not come out the first time, add bleach at an amount suggested for that fabric



  • Place the garment into a plastic bag with the gum facing out
  • Place in the freezer for several hours (or overnight)
  • Remove from the freezer and take out of the plastic bag
  • Using a butter knife or spoon to scrape the frozen gum from the clothing


Baby Food:

  • Rinse the area with cold water
  • Soak the item in one part vinegar and one part rubbing alcohol for 15-20 minutes
  • If the stain is still not gone, use a soft brush to loosen the stain
  • Apply liquid detergent and scrub with a soft brush
  • Soak in the vinegar and rubbing alcohol mixture again


Mystery Stains

  • Make a paste with vinegar and baking soda
  • Apply paste to the stain
  • In a bucket of water add vinegar (about 2 tablespoons) and liquid detergent (about 2 tablespoons)
  • Soak item overnight


Always Remember - After pretreating each of your items, launder as usual.  However, if the stain has not disappeared after washing, DO NOT DRY the clothing, as it will make it harder to get the stain out.  You can always repeat the pretreatment steps and wash again.


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