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Argghh! How Do I Get Poop Stains Out of His Clothes?

I'm a new mommy, and I am breastfeeding. But his poop is staining his clothes!
What is the best way to get that stuff out? This is my first and I'd like to save the clothes for the next babies. I tried dish soap, but no good. I use Dreft to wash baby stuff. I tried Oxy-baby stain remover, no good.
Mommy's: what should I be doing?

What can I do next?

So What Happened?™

Yay! Thank you to all the great advice. And Zout got it out!! I treated it with Zout, then soaked it in diluted OxyBaby solution until I did laundry! It totally worked and so I bought a little squirt bottle and keep it in the diaper bag!!
Thanks again everybody!

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I used spray n wash, rubbed it in real well, then rinsed out in hot water. For some reason, poop stains need hot water to come out. That works great if you catch it right away. If you don't catch it right away, get a bucket, dissolve some oxy clean in hot water and soak the stained clothes in that. I was able to get a horrible mold stain out that way, and nothing else worked. I had to soak it for several days to get it out, but that was mold. I only had to soak the old poop stains overnight. Try the tide spin brush too, it works great with the spray n wash.

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I never worried about the stains, so I'd just use Shout or Spray & Wash and let it sit for a few hours. Seemed to work...I think. I never paid close attention. But I know I never threw clothes out. I found this recipe for pet stains...maybe it would work for baby poop too:

First pour club soda on the area and let soak while you mix the following solution:
1 cup hydrogen peroxide
1 teaspoon dish soap
1 tablespoon baking soda

Due to its volatility, you should throw out the solution immediately after using.

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I used spray n wash, rubbed it in real well, then rinsed out in hot water. For some reason, poop stains need hot water to come out. That works great if you catch it right away. If you don't catch it right away, get a bucket, dissolve some oxy clean in hot water and soak the stained clothes in that. I was able to get a horrible mold stain out that way, and nothing else worked. I had to soak it for several days to get it out, but that was mold. I only had to soak the old poop stains overnight. Try the tide spin brush too, it works great with the spray n wash.

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i used oxyclean... but you can't leave on forever because it will lighten the clothing. sometimes, it just doesn't. are yo having diaper issues?? maybe diapers are too small.. time to upgrade or to a different brand? i hardly ever had leakage. but i had to switch from huggies to pampers... so on so forth.

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I have found that ZOUT works great, for pretty much any stain, even after it has been through the dryer. ZOUT was my saving grace after I did a load of clothes and did not relize that my daughter had put a tube of dark red lip stick in her pocket. When the clothes went into the dryer the lipsitck melted all over everything. ZOUT got all of it out. I use it every day.

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I'd recommend using environmentally friendly products that don't have fragrance and no strong chemicals.

For poop stains, I use OXO Brite by Earth Friendly Products (http://www.ecos.com/pages/oxo.html). This has worked great. I rinse the poop out as best as I can. Then I fill a sink or bowl with a scoop of OXO Brite. I rub out as much of the stain in that mix, then let it soak overnight. Then I wash the item with regular laundry (sometimes adding OXO Brite to the wash as well). Somtimes if I have several stained items, I'll do this process in the washer.

I've also used Bac-Out Stain & Odor Eliminator by BioKleen (http://biokleenhome.com/products/household/general), more so for cat messes on the carpet but it probably would work well for baby poop too. Probably best to spray on immediately after item is stained.

Another product I highly recommend is Dr. Bronner's Magic Pure Castille peppermint liquid soap (http://www.drbronner.com/DBMS/LS.htm). The packaging is a bit wacky, but this stuff works well on hard to remove stains.

I wanted to stamp my baby's handprint on a card and unfortunately didn't realize how bad the ink stained. So her little hand was all green, plus MY fingers. On my hands I tried using regular soap, dishwashing liquid, rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, my husband's Lava soap - with no luck! Then I remembered I had the Dr. Bronner's. This took the stain off my hands easily with little scrubbing, so I used this on my baby's hand too. Whew I was relieved. I've also used it on blood stains on clothing with pretty good results.

The OXO Brite and Dr. Bronner's soap are usually sold at Trader Joe's or other natural/whole foods type stores.

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I found that the dual action Spray in Wash worked great! Saturate the stain with it ASAP, and work it in to the fabric. And, just from personal experience, if you throw the clothing in the hamper and then don't get to washing it for a few days, it can eat a whole through the fabric, so you'll want to wash relatively quickly!

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Welcome to the wonderful world of motherhood and all the poop that comes with it. I'm sorry to say that I have yet to find anything that will get out poop stains.

The only advice I can give is to try and have him wear previously stained clothing around the time you think he's going to poop. My daughter always seemed to have her big blowouts around the same time everyday so this was pretty easy for me. You may also want to look into using a different diaper. If you're using disposables I found that for the price the Target store brand diapers were really good (they have elastic to keep them from exploding out the back.) If you're using cloth (we do at home)you need to get them on better (but even then they will still leak a little around the legs.)

It does get better. My daughter's poop started to firm up around 6 months so we haven't had any problems since. And your next baby can always wear stained clothes around the house.

Good luck and congratulations on the little one.

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I have always used Spray-n-Wash before I put the clothes in the washing machine and it has always taken the stains out. Also, if it doesn't come out of the wash clean- don't dry it, but try spraying and running it through the wash again. I realized that if you put a stained item in the dryer-the dryer makes the stain permanent.

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