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How to Remove Stains and Whiten Yellowed Baby Clothes
By Louisa Price
Most parents know that baby clothes need to be washed before their first use so that
they are clean and free from any chemicals that may have been used during the manufacturing
process. However, many conventional laundry detergents are made from synthetic, petroleum-based
chemicals that are loaded with artificial dyes, fragrances and optical brighteners
which are harsh against your baby's delicate skin.
And, if those laundry products specially designed for washing babies and kids clothing
put a strain on your finances, read on. Here are a few effective methods to remove
stains and whiten baby clothes, wallet-and-eco-friendly way.
How to Whiten Baby Clothes
Your first step in removing any baby stain is to scrape off as much as you can and
get the clothing into cold water as soon as possible.
Never use chlorine bleach to whiten baby clothing. It eats away at the fibers, contributes
to environment pollution and irritate your baby's skin. Even a minor skin irritation
can make your baby uncomfortable. Instead, use lemons.
Lemons are a natural way to whiten yellowed baby clothing. Fill a pot with water
and add a few slices of fresh lemon. Bring the water to a boil. Turn off heat and
add baby clothing. Soak clothes for about an hour and then launder as usual.
For extra brightening, spread them out in the sunlight to dry.
Baking soda and club soda make a very powerful stain remover to lighten old, set-in
stains. Sprinkle some baking powder and drizzle some club soda over the stain.
Use a soft toothbrush and scrub the stain lightly. Let it set until the paste dries
before washing the baby clothes as usual. Let clothes dry naturally.
Avoid commercial fabric softeners when washing baby clothes. Use white vinegar to
soften fabric naturally. Add ¼ cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle to keep baby
clothes soft and to help clean out detergent residue from the clothing fibers.
You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil to each load of wash deodorize and disinfect
Dry baby clothes on a clothes line, if possible. That way, you save a great deal
of money on your electric bill and help protect the environment.
You also take advantage of the sun's brightening, drying, and freshening power when
you dry baby clothing on an outdoor clothes line.
To avoid stiff diapers, dry them out on the line during early morning or late afternoon
hours. Line drying your diapers will also prolong their life.
With these laundry whitening tips for baby clothing in mind, you can be sure that
your baby is comfortable and happy in all of his clothes.