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K.C. asks from Issaquah, WA on March 21, 2010
Greasy Breastmilk Spit up stains-HELP!
My little girl, who is breastfed, spits up frequently and it leaves a dark, greasy stain on her clothes. It looks like I poured olive oil on it! I have even tried pre-soaking in Oxy-Clean before washing, but it doesn't work. Is there any way to pre-treat the clothes? What about after they have been through the dryer? Is it permanent? Ugh!
K.T. answers from Los Angeles on March 21, 2010
Oxi-Clean Baby spray will work even on the set-in stains. Spray until soaked and let sit overnight. Rinse with super hot water before washing. I find it at Target in the baby section and not with the laundry stuff.
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R.M. answers from Nashville on March 21, 2010
The only thing that worked on mine was a detergent with enzymes. The stains are milk based so they are protein stains. Enzymes will go in and "eat" the protein. You might find that clothes you had in storage that looked fine before you packed them come out with yellow stains. That's how I discovered the stains. My son never spit up so I didn't pretreat anything, but the dribbles are still there, and they continue to turn yellow even after being washed if they aren't washed with enzymes.
All my stuff had been washed and dried numerous times and in storage for months when I found the stains. After researching and finding out about the enzymes, I went out and bought ERA detergent and poured it on the stains diluted to about half strength. Then you have to let it sit for like 48 hours to give it time to work. I save up a small loads worth, then I will treat the stains, then retreat them again the next day, then run them through the wash. Then if baby is going to wear it right away I rewash with a milder detergent. If not, I put them in storage and will rewash when they come out. I got almost every stain out this way, only a few pieces never came out. Now before I pack anything away for the next baby, I soak a whole load in as little water as possible (just enough to get them all wet) with like 4 measures of the Era for at least 2 days, then just turn on the washer and do a double rinse. I just went through all my stuff again after a year in storage and none of the stains have popped back up. You can use anything with enzymes, even pet stain remover for carpets. I just picked Era because it worked out to be the cheapest. Good luck!
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G.M. answers from Seattle on March 22, 2010
Another proponent to Dawn here! It really does work on all grease stains - there are very few baby stains that I find don't come out with Dawn.
L.K. answers from Portland on March 22, 2010
Use Dawn or what ever other brand of liquid dish soap that you buy......rub some into the spots and then launder as usual. This works on all greasy food stains as well. It works like a charm the first time you do it. I use this method on all my kids clothes and my own. It's great when you leak breastmilk on your own shirts too.
J.T. answers from Dallas on March 22, 2010
My mother-in-law told me to use liquid dish detergent on grease stains....It works!
C.P. answers from Bellingham on March 22, 2010
For greasy stains I have always had much success with Dawn dish soap for a pretreater
M.L. answers from Seattle on March 22, 2010
P.O. answers from Seattle on March 22, 2010
Nature's Miracle Stain and Odor Removal. It can usually be found in the pet store. The trick is to use it prior to washing and drying the stain. Unfortunately, I lost a couple of shirts to stains before I knew about this product.