When it comes to caring for your little one or grandkids, dealing with baby poop stains on their clothes is part of the journey. Whether it’s a diaper blowout, a tummy bug, or an unexpected accident, baby poop can be challenging to remove.
When my son was little, he was sensitive to several foods and products and had frequent diaper blowouts. We went through a lot of outfits.
Since then, I’ve learned a few ways to get rid of baby poop stains stains naturally, so what follows are methods that are safe for sensitive kids like mine.
Why Use Natural Remedies?
Kids who have sensitive tummies often, in my experience, have sensitive skin, too. So laundry products used to remove baby poop stains can bother them, since they leave a residue. And I can’t imagine how miserable it must be to have not just an upset tummy, but itchy skin, too.
Why Are Baby Poop Stains So Stubborn?
Breastfed babies poop more often and, um, more loosely. So they have bigger diaper blowouts. But bottle or breastfed, once kids start eating solid foods those have an impact on the stain, too.
Foods with strong pigments, like blueberries, beets, and carrots, act as natural dyes—even on baby poop. And soft but higher fat foods like avocados and cheese make greasier stains that are more difficult to remove with detergents.
Before You Begin
To get baby poop stains out of your little one’s clothing, you need to take a few precautions to avoid clothing damage and other problems.
- Wear gloves and wash your hands
- Read care labels
- Spot test for colorfastness
- Avoid using heat which can set the stain
Steps to Remove Baby Poop Stains
Step 1: Act promptly.
As soon as the mess occurs, scoop off as much as you can from the fabric without rubbing it in. Use a damp paper towel or baby wipes for small messes, a disposable plate or plastic utensil for bigger ones.
Step 2: Rinse the area thoroughly.
If you’re dealing with a big blowout, stick the clothing or diaper into the toilet bowl and swirl it around. Hold onto it while you flush and repeat until you’ve got most of it out. For small messes, wipe the area with a wet paper towel.
If you have several young kids, look into getting a toilet sprayer that adds a spray hose to your tank’s water line. They’re so convenient.
Step 3: Pre-soak the stained fabric.
Soak the fabric in a bucket of cool water with a little liquid dish soap. Or, if it’s something big like a duvet, use a garbage can lined with a clean trash bag. Soak 15 minutes to overnight, then dump out the water.
Step 4: Use a natural stain remover to tackle baby poop stains.
- Baking soda and water: Apply a paste of baking soda and water for 10-15 minutes, then pour some vinegar or lemon juice over it. When the fizzing is finished loosening the stain, rinse.
- Lemon juice: Squeeze lemon juice directly onto the stain and put it in bright sun for 2-3 hours so the citric acid and the sun’s rays can bleach it. But heads up: only use lemons on white fabrics.
- Dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda: Make a paste from baking soda and peroxide, then add a couple drops of dish soap. Rub this homemade soft scrub into the fabric, wait 10 minutes, then rinse.
Step 5: Wash the garment.
Wash the piece as soon as you can using cool water, then let it air dry. Check the spot again to make sure all the baby poop stain is out of there.
If it is, you’re good to go with your usual laundering routine. (Sorry, bad pun. Couldn’t stop myself.)