How to Remove Stains in Baby Christening Clothes

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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
  • Ammonia
  • Cornstarch
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • All-purpose stain remover
  • Liquid laundry detergent for baby clothes

Pre-treat

  • 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.

References

  • Photo Credit mother with baby in church image by Pavel Losevsky from Fotolia.com
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