As they explore and experience the world, little ones tend to find themselves in literal messes, from clothes stained in ink, grease and just about everything spillable they come in contact with. Accidents are inevitable and are something we parents are bound to experience throughout our little ones' childhood years, sometimes even well into their adolescence. Nevertheless, it can be extremely frustrating putting those stained clothes through a wash multiple times just to fade an arduous stain. While some stains are easy to remove, others seem to stubbornly stay on no matter how hard you try to remove them. We at OETEO dove deep into the world of hacks and uncovered 6 ultimate stain removal hacks that every parent should know to save those sweat and tears when it's time to do the laundry.
- Wipe Or Wash Away The Stain Beforehand
Now, before we list down a bunch of ingredients that work against stains, a quick and simple way to prevent the damage a stain could possibly do when left to sit is to work on removing it immediately. If you can catch the stain quickly enough, there is nothing better than washing it or wiping it away promptly. Having baby wipes laying around at every convenience is the easiest way to prevent stains from causing permanent damage to your children's clothing. A more foolproof method requires some washing; by simply running the stain over some water, preferably warm water, it removes a lot of the stain while preventing it from setting into the fibres of the clothing. This simple hack will help you worry less about the mess that may ruin your little ones' adorable outfits.
- Greasy Food Stains
Dish soap can be a real lifesaver when it comes to cleaning away stubborn grease stains. Children can be messy eaters and usually get their clothes stained in greasy food stains. Well, who would have thought that a little dish soap can remove those stains with ease. So, if your little one has dropped some pasta sauce on their jammies or mistook their shirt for a bib; simply rub the soap into the grease stain. Let it sit for a minute before washing it off. It’s that simple!
- Pen & Marker Ink Stains
Kids love showing off their creativity but sometimes children get a little too into their art and they try to experiment on a blank canvas, be it a wall or their clothes. A simple trick to remove pen or marker stains is with hairspray or baking soda. Grab a can of hairspray and apply it to the stain and wipe over the stain with a wet wipe. If the hairspray doesn’t do the trick, give baking soda a try. Mix together some baking soda and water to create a paste. Scrub the paste onto the stain before washing it away with some warm, soapy water.
- Old Stubborn Stains
Do your children’s clothes and toddler’s jammies have old stains that just won’t go away? Get rid of stubborn stains once and for all by cleaning them away with a mixture of dish soap and hydrogen peroxide. Simply rub the stains with some dish soap and hydrogen peroxide before throwing your children’s clothes in the washer. For the really tough stains that don't seem to fade away with each wash, soak the stained clothes in 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and cold water for an hour before throwing them in the washer.
- Sweat Stains
With all the running and playing our little ones get into on a daily basis, sweat stains are without a doubt a pain to wash away and can be found on almost every piece of clothing in a toddler's wardrobe. An easy way to remove sweat stains is with a concoction made up of one part baking soda, one part hydrogen peroxide and one part water. Using an old toothbrush, scrub this concoction into your children’s clothes stains. When you’re finished, let the mixture stay on the clothes for an hour before washing them.
- Grass Stains
Rid off grass stains by using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Form a thick paste with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to it. Spread the paste onto the stain and let sit for 30 minutes. Use a brush or an old toothbrush to scrub the stain and rinse in cool water, then scrub in detergent and let sit again. Rinse once more in cold water and put the clothes through a wash as you normally would.
With these hacks, getting rid of stains and ultimately, doing your little one’s laundry will be a whole lot easier and quicker!