A christening is a momentous event in the lives of a child and his parents. Many parents choose to preserve the garments in which a baby is christened to serve as a keepsake or heirloom for future generations. If stains occur on the christening clothing, the garment can be returned to its original state of purity by following a treatment strategy specific to the type of stain.
Things You'll Need
- Cold water
- Enzyme cleaner
- Rubbing alcohol
- All-purpose stain remover
- Liquid laundry detergent for baby clothes
Place the clothes in cold water with an enzyme cleaner to loosen protein stains, such as breast milk, formula and spit-up, according to Martha Stewart.
Apply a solution of 1 tbsp. ammonia mixed with 1 cup water to remove urine stains.
Absorb diaper cream, baby oil or petroleum jelly stains with cornstarch. After 10 to 15 minutes, gently scrape off all of the cornstarch.
Rinse baby food stains in cool water and soak in a mixture of 1 cup water to 1 cup rubbing alcohol.
Spray, Wash and Dry
Apply an all-purpose stain remover directly to the stain before laundering.
Wash the clothes in a washing machine set on the delicate cycle. Use a gentle detergent specifically designed for baby or children's clothing, and thoroughly rinse all soap from the garment before drying.
Air dry the clothes by hanging on them a hanger or clothesline, or laying them on a drying rack.
Tips & Warnings
- Consult a professional dry cleaner if there is any question as to whether or not a garment can be treated and cleaned safely at home.
- Stains as a result of diarrhea can be treated the same as protein stains.
- Hand wash the garment in cool water if it is a vintage piece of clothing.
- Never mix products containing chlorine bleach with ammonia or vinegar. These combinations are toxic.
- Drying the garment in a dryer can cause shrinkage and may damage the fibers of the clothing.
- Photo Credit mother with baby in church image by Pavel Losevsky from Fotolia.com
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