How To Remove Baby Food Stains

Baby food stains are bound to happen whenever your sweet baby starts eating solid foods.

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Your sweet child will throw it, spit it, or otherwise get baby food into places heretofore unimaginable, including on fabric, upholstery and carpet.

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As an example, I once found such a spot on one of my children's socks. How random!

That means you've always got to check inside the cuffs of shirts and pants before washing them, because they too can hide some baby food splatters and stains.

But have no fear, you can get rid of these stains using the instructions below.

Please note, however, that not all baby food is made of exactly the same thing, with different fruits and vegetables, and sometimes meats and starches also included within it.

If the general instructions below don't seem to be doing the trick I suggest looking at the A-Z Stain Removal Guide and following the instructions for the specific ingredients within the baby food that caused the spot or splatter.

Some of the most common types of baby food stains are caused by the following ingredients:

Removing Baby Food Stains From Fabric

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Step 1: Scrape off any excess baby food from the fabric, being careful not to spread it around further.

Step 2: Run the fabric, inside out, under the cold water to flush out as much of the spot as possible.

Step 3: Apply liquid laundry detergent to the stained area and let it soak in cold water for 15-30 minutes.

Step 4: Rinse with cold water.

Step 5: Pretreat the stain with a laundry prewash stain remover.

Hint: You may like this stain removal tip about where to keep your favorite stain remover when dealing with baby stains!

Step 6: Launder in the hottest water the fabric will allow to get out the spot, and either chlorine bleach if the fabric will allow it, or color safe bleach if not.

Hint: Make sure the spot is gone after washing, but before you place in the dryer or you may set it. Repeat if necessary.

Stain Removal Caused By Baby Food From Upholstery

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Step 1: Scrape off any excess baby food from the upholstery.

Step 2: Mix a solution of two cups cool water and one tablespoon dishwashing liquid.

Step 3: Using this solution, sponge the stain with a clean white cloth.

Step 4: Next, blot until the liquid is absorbed.

Step 5: Repeat steps 3-4 until the spots are removed from the upholstery.

Step 6: Now that the stain is removed you should get plain cold water and a new white cloth and sponge the area to remove the cleaning solution, and then blot dry.

Hint: Be sure to get the upholstery only as wet as necessary for removing the stain.

In the alternative, instead of using the dishwashing solution, you can use dry cleaning solvent.

You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.

How To Remove Stains From Baby Food From Carpet

The instructions for removal of stains caused by baby food from carpet is the same as for upholstery.

Recommended Baby Food Stain Removers

Perhaps you don't want to make your own stain remover, but instead want to use something designed to remove baby food stains.

Here are some articles and reviews on this site which discuss various products that are designed to remove these stains, or where readers have said they had luck cleaning up these stains with these products:

baby oxiclean
Baby Oxiclean Soaker
totally toddler stain remover
Totally Toddler Stain Remover
carbona stain devil #8
Carbona Stain Devil #8 For Wide Range Of Food Stains
biz and oxiclean
Biz & Oxiclean As Presoaker

dry cleaning solvent
Dry Cleaning Solvent
dreft he laundry detergent
HE Dreft Liquid Detergent
Shout Advanced ultra gel with scrubber
Shout Advanced Ultra Gel With Scrubber
Biz powder
Biz Powder

Zout stain remover
Zout Pretreater Spray
fels naptha soap
Fels Naptha Soap
Whink Wash Away pretreater and Baby Oxiclean Presoaker
Whink Wash Away + Oxiclean Soaker
Oxiclean powder
Regular Oxiclean Powder

Oxiclean Free powder
Oxiclean Free
baby laundry detergent
Baby Laundry Products Information & Reviews

You can also share your own stain remover reviews here for other removers that work on baby food, or any other stain.

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