How To Remove Cloth Diaper Stains

by Taylor

Below I've collected tips from readers sharing how to remove cloth diaper stains.

I think we all know, although this is gross, that it partially depends what your baby ate or drank, which causes the stains, to know for sure how to remove it.

That means if all else fails check the A-Z Stain Removal Guide, which lists instructions for over 100 types of stains, for very specific instructions on that particular stain.

However, unlike with many types of fabrics where you don't have to worry quite as much about what detergents or stain removers you use on them, cloth diapers are a bit different.

You don't want whatever laundry products you use on them to cause irritation to your baby's sensitive skin, or to mess with the absorbing qualities of the fibers.

Therefore, these stains are somewhat unique.

Below I've collected tips that readers have submitted, so far, for how to remove these spots, in general.

I'd love to hear even more tips from cloth diapering mothers (and fathers) who can share what products or home remedies they use, to add to this page, to provide even more ideas and tricks for everyone to try. If you've got any, you can share your tricks and tips here.

So, below are the tips I've already received! Hope they help.

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Sunshine To Remove Cloth Diaper Stains

Cloth diaper stains are the worst, because we know what causes them. (Yuck!)

I've shared directions for feces stain removal here and urine stain removal here but sometimes old stains just don't come out no matter how many times you wash those diapers.

Dawn from Where The Heart Is also had this problem. She found that hanging those cloth diapers out on the line, in the sunshine, really helped bleach them out and get rid of those nasty diaper stains.

In fact, sunshine is such a great stain remover I actually wrote a whole article on sunshine for stain removal here, since it can work for lots of things, not just diapers.

Below I've shared a similar tip from another reader, who found something similar about this natural way to remove these stains, which just really confirms it is a great and easy tip!

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Natural Removal Stain Tip - Use Sunshine

by Christa

Hanging Clothes Out To Dry

Hanging Clothes Out To Dry

Here is a natural removal stain tip from a reader that I just loved!

Christa says:

While this might not be news to some it certainly was to me.

The sun works as a stain remover. At least that is what I found on my whites.

I'm sure my grandmother told me this at some point...I was interested in other things at the time.

Since I don't usually hang our clothes out to dry I never discovered this until recently. We were trying a new type of diaper for our second child. It was suggested to return the diaper covering to it's original white condition just set it out to dry in the sun.

It worked great!

Christa from

Taylor says:

Thanks Christa for this great natural removal stain tip. I love using natural products for stain removal as much as possible, and what could be more natural than the sun?

Since two of you have mentioned this tip for removing these spots, I'm convinced this is the right way to deal with cloth diaper stains from now on, whenever possible.

I also love that this is such a natural way to remove stains, there is no chance of stain removal chemicals touching and lingering on your baby's skin.

So, does anyone else have any natural ways or products they use to remove stains from baby items? If so, you can share your tips here, and I'll add it to the page.

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sunshine, plus more stain removal tips
by: Laura Jauregui

When trying to remove stains and whiten baby clothes, I used sunshine as many others have suggested but with extra benefits from these additional steps.

Once I wasn't able to remove the laundry from the line before dark and they remained hanging overnight. I found them the next day with many stains removed and much whiter. The sun shining on the clothes dampened by the dew acted like a natural bleach.

For stubborn stains and to really whiten cloth diapers and anything color fast, my great grandmother suggested, boiling a few items at a time in a large pot of gentling boiling water for 30 minutes.

Additional tip: Clothing hung on the line to dry can tend to be stiff. It helps to shake each item vigorously and then tumble in the dryer for a few minutes.

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