Wednesday, April 23, 2008

More Advice Needed: Poop Stains?

Ok, I need laundry advice. I've never been much of a laundry expert. I haven't turned any loads of laundry pink, but I attribute that to major luck more than knowledge.

The first time or 2 that D leaked some poop onto clothes it seemed to wash right out. I assumed it wouldn't be a problem, then. Except now he's been having more leaky diapers, and the stains are staying past one washing. I hate to see these cute, new clothes get ruined after sometimes just a single wear. What do I need to do to help get the stains out? Is there a particular stain remover or treatment I should be using (one that's available here)? Do I wash in hot or cold water? Etc.

THANK YOU!

11 comments:

  1. You can use this

    http://www.vanish.co.uk/

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  2. i really dont know why i know this (been reading too many mommy blogs?) but i think if you hang them out in the sun that will take care of the problem (and be environmentally friendly), and its even sunny these days sometimes!

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  3. Jackie10:27 AM

    Do they sell Oxy-Clean in Switzerland? I believe the detergents with enzymes would work well too. I remember when my girls were younger I used Fels-Naptha soap for stains but I doubt you will be able to find it in Geneva. It is hard to find it here now.

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  4. I just blast them full force with the spray attachment in the tub with super hot water as soon it is happens (if possible) and then I have shout or something and I wash t right away. But just blasting it gets most of it out.

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  5. Hang it in the sun while it is still wet, that takes care of most cloth diaper stains. I am also a fan for the cold water scrub with fels naptha, but I am not sure you can get that in Europe.

    If all else fails wet the item, put lemon on it and then sun.

    Good luck!

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  6. sarahhhh2:00 PM

    hotter the water the better. the way soap is designed it becomes activated more so in hot water than cold. also my mom uses dish liquid soap on a lot of stains. she'll rub it on and let it sit, then soak it in a sink for a while, then finally put it in the wash.

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  7. I do use Shout, but initially just used soap. Get it early, rub it in well, and rinse.

    However we line dry everything, so it's possible it's been the sun that's done more than my washing...

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  8. CDNSarah6:20 AM

    Hey Marcy, the hotter the water the better. We wash all of our underwear, bed sheets and towels at 60 degrees. I'd hose off the excess in the bathtub and then pop it in the machine and wash at 60 or 90 degrees with like colors. I find that the powders (we use Persil anti-grisaille, ant-graying for whites and Persil color for darks/colors) withstand hotter temps better than gels do. I've never had to use a stain remover as I've never had a permanent stain after washing with hot water. Good luck! Sarah

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  9. Yeah, normally don't wash much on the hot settings since our washer takes 2-3hrs to wash clothes hot (as opposed to the 45 min cooler setting) but I guess I'll suck it up. I bought a pre-treatment spray today, I'll try using that and washing them again in hot water and see how that goes.

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  10. Marcy - I wash everything in cold except the diapers, and we've had very few poop stains that haven't come out. I know hot is better, but by doing some hand pre-washing it helps. The one time we washed in hot (in CH), everything faded out and it 'ruined' a couple of A's new shirts.

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  11. Ivory soap, scrubbed in early. And a few stains don't always "ruin" clothes, though it may relegate the outfit to an around-the-house outfit.

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