How to Remove Breast Milk Stains From Clothing

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Breast milk stains are prevalent among nursing mothers, but can be tricky to remove depending on the type of material and how long the stain has set in. If you catch the problem early, this method with almost always lift the stain and leave little or no visible trace on your clothing. The best part is that you'll likely have to buy no special solutions to remove that stain; liquid laundry detergent should do the trick. If it doesn't, turn to your kitchen pantry for a product that gets the job done.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Unseasoned meat tenderizer
  • Take off the soiled garment. Wet down two tightly folded paper towels and place one on each side of the stain. Press down on the towels firmly, holding them in place for about 10 minutes and re-wetting them when necessary. This step should draw out any stain-causing liquid that remains in the clothing.

  • Lay the garment flat. Apply a small amount of liquid laundry detergent to the stain. Rub the detergent in with a paper towel or your fingers. Let the detergent soak in for about 15 minutes, then launder the item of clothing in the hottest water appropriate for the material.

  • Check the garment after it comes out of the washer. If a trace of the stain remains, unseasoned meat tenderizer can sometimes be effective in breaking it down. Mix a generous pinch of the meat tenderizer with water until it makes a paste. Apply it to the stain and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Rewash and dry the garment.

Tips & Warnings

  • Lemon can also be effective on stubborn stains if the garment is white. Simply rub fresh lemon onto the stain and put it out in the sun. The lemon will bleach the fabric.
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