Suggestion for Removing Bowel Movement Stains

Updated on June 03, 2008
T.L. asks from San Jose, CA
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Hi,

I have a beautiful 9 week old little girl that I nurse exclusively. Sometimes her diaper leaks and gets on her clothes. Her clothes get a nice yellow stain on them. Any suggestions for removing the stains would be greatly appreciated.

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M.M.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi T., i have 3 kids (4,2,1) and everytime they stained thier clothes i just soak in oxi clean stain remover it is a powder and chlorine free try this!

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N.B.

answers from San Francisco on

COLD WATER WASH ONLY!

As soon as you apply heat (hot water or dryer) the protein in the stain gets cooked into the fabric and will not wash out!

Soak in cold water if you have to. Get that stain out before you put it in the dryer.

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V.T.

answers from Redding on

You might try washing with Hydrogen Peroxide, which is a wonderful alternative to bleach. It can lighten fabrics, so best to try a test spot with a 30:1 dilution first (this is about the dilution recommended for washing, however, you might be able to do a lesser dilution for spot treating and use the 30:1 dilution ... about 1/4 cup per large load ... for the full load). As with bleach, introduce the HP to the water and let it dilute before adding clothes. I usually let my bin fill about 1/2 way with water, then start loading the more soiled objects first.

Good luck!

V. T

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M.M.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi T., i have 3 kids (4,2,1) and everytime they stained thier clothes i just soak in oxi clean stain remover it is a powder and chlorine free try this!

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V.T.

answers from Redding on

You might try washing with Hydrogen Peroxide, which is a wonderful alternative to bleach. It can lighten fabrics, so best to try a test spot with a 30:1 dilution first (this is about the dilution recommended for washing, however, you might be able to do a lesser dilution for spot treating and use the 30:1 dilution ... about 1/4 cup per large load ... for the full load). As with bleach, introduce the HP to the water and let it dilute before adding clothes. I usually let my bin fill about 1/2 way with water, then start loading the more soiled objects first.

Good luck!

V. T

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N.B.

answers from San Francisco on

COLD WATER WASH ONLY!

As soon as you apply heat (hot water or dryer) the protein in the stain gets cooked into the fabric and will not wash out!

Soak in cold water if you have to. Get that stain out before you put it in the dryer.

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L.R.

answers from San Francisco on

Put them in the sun.

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L.A.

answers from San Francisco on

I used OxyClean to pre-soak any stained items, it worked really well for me. It gets out diaper stains, prune juice, and even milk (which would always stain because it was invisible until it would go through the drier). I would soak overnight, and then no stains!

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H.S.

answers from San Francisco on

I use a laundry detergent by Nature's Miracle that you find in pet stores. It's actually for people who have animal allergies, so it removes everything from animals, and it works GREAT to remove urine/fecal stains. While my son is doing is night-time potty training, we keep it around, and you can never tell he had an accident. I love this stuff!!!

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S.R.

answers from San Francisco on

Try soaking her clothes in Oxy Clean. It works great! Make sure you rinse the garments immediatly and then soak them. Those stains will set quickly, which is why it is so difficult to remove them. So a quick rinse and a long soak will do wonders on removing stains.

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L.G.

answers from San Francisco on

Use the sun! Breastmilk poop stains come out if you wash the clothes and then let them dry in the sun. It'll even work through the window. Good luck!

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A.S.

answers from San Francisco on

I use Dr. Brommer's lavender castile soap on the stain as soon as it happens. Since we breastfeed, most of the poop comes off immediately. Whatever is left will come out in the wash. After I rinse it, I hang it out to dry if I can't wash right away. Then I launder as usual. The trick is not necessarily the soap but to get to it when it is fresh.

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S.M.

answers from Sacramento on

Hi T.,

I've used Totally Toddler from Babies R Us and it has gotten every stain out in the last year. I also know that several friends swear by Baby Oxy Clean too. Good luck!

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T.M.

answers from San Francisco on

Oxyclean...soak the clothes for about an hour or longer if it's really bad and then wash as normal...It worked great for me and still does!

Good luck!

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M.S.

answers from San Francisco on

This is a tough stain to get out but for a lot of stains I use a product called Soil Love. It costs about $2.00 and so far I have only found it at Safeway.

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G.D.

answers from Modesto on

Get a cheap bottle of peroxide & soak it all in it!!! 50% water/50% peroxide!!!DO NOT USE ANYTHING with CHLORINE or BLEACH... it can harm your child... it can be absorved through skin!!!... Same for your clothes, when you hold her in arms your clothes must be toxic free!!!! Love, G.. :0)
P.S. if it still not gone then directly put the peroxide with some lime juice on the spot and let it soak up sun for a long time then wash!!! And use only products that are Green (good for the environment...her environment and yours)
Oh and main ingredient in OXYCLEAN is PEROXIDE!!!

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A.P.

answers from Sacramento on

could be fat. Breast milk stains because of the fat content.

If the other suggestions don't work, try some dawn ultra dishwashing detergent (that and oxy clean have been lifesavers for my tee shirts and kid clothes.)

C.D.

answers from San Francisco on

I remove all poopy stains from diapers and clothes with seven generation liquid baby soap, which I pour directly on the stain and then wash in a regular wash cycle. It usually works, only occasionally do I hang stained clothes on the clothes line in the sun and the sun bleaches out the stain. I have also heard that oxy clean baby works great as an additive to the detergent

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J.M.

answers from Salinas on

I use Baby Oxy Clean on tough stains but putting the detergent directly on the stain & rubing it in works too.

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B.L.

answers from San Francisco on

Baby wipes are the best thing to remove stains before you wash an item. Since you always carry them for their diaper changes, you always have them.

Also, if you ever plan on having a life, start using bottles now with breast milk. It will give you some freedom, which all mothers need and Dad can help. Also, when you do transition to formula or milk, she is already used to a bottle nipple. It makes things so much simpler for everyone.

Blessings,
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A.K.

answers from San Francisco on

I always put the dirty cloths in water to soak right away, so the stain would not dry. Then when a had a chance I would soak them for several hours in an Oxyclean solution. This always worked for me.

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G.L.

answers from San Francisco on

Bac Off by Biokleen. It is a natural enzyme that eats the poop - amazing!

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T.B.

answers from Sacramento on

Use very hot water and whatever stain treater you prefer. We used spray n wash, but soaking in hot water and oxy clean works too. For some reason, poop stains need very hot water to come out. I breastfed both my kids, and that was the only thing that worked for me. I also love the tide spin brush to help work the stains out, but it isn't necessary, just makes for quicker work.

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M.C.

answers from San Francisco on

Try Zout Spray or liquid. You can but it at Target. It works best when you put it on the stain before you wash and dry it, but it even takes out some stains after a failed first round wash with no treatment. Let the spray or liquid remain on the fabric for a few hours before washing. You can even work it into the fabric. Zout is great on protein stains and grease.

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R.S.

answers from Fresno on

I have the same problem and I use oxyclean. I soak the clothing for a day or so and it comes out! Good luck!

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I.T.

answers from Sacramento on

When my children were little, I ordered something from what was the Jewel Tea Company, a door to door service. That was a great chemical I just put it on the clothes and threw it in the hamper and when washed, there was no stain. I think it was calle laundry ease. Try that with a stain remover from the store. Put it on the first thing, then throw it in the wash. Otherwise, I put soap on it and scrub it, then throw in the hamper.

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J.L.

answers from San Francisco on

Zout has worked for me! Its best if you either put it on before washing, or check the stain after washing and if it doesn't come off, put Zout on and rewash (before you dry it). Good luck.

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C.M.

answers from Salinas on

i've been researching cloth diapering and i keep reading that line drying in the sun will get persistant stains out. i haven't seen it work for myself but i've read people swearing by it.

if that's not your thing, have you tried soaking them in the sink or washer before actually putting them through the machine wash? I do that a lot with stains.

good luck!

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M.O.

answers from Fresno on

I used Spray and Wash and put the liquid laundry detergant right on the stain. Also, the stain has to come out before you dry it or it will become permanent. With more difficult stains-I have had to run it through the wash twice. So check the stains before putting it in the dryer.

R.F.

answers from San Francisco on

Oxyclean (I think that's what it's called) is the best! You just add it in with your laundry detergent. You can buy a larger size at Costco or Target.

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J.J.

answers from San Angelo on

I've found that Shout advanced for set in stains, gets out EVERYTHING!! My daugther will eat red vines, and it got the red stains our of a yellow onesie, also gets out day old strawberry stains!!! No more needing to treat it immediately (which I am not good at).

Hope it's helpful, J.

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C.T.

answers from Bakersfield on

i had this same problem, and then my mom introduced OXY CLEAN :)
i let them sit with detergent plus TWO scoops of oxy clean for about 30 min to an hour in the washing machine and then run the cycle.... they come out everytime, however pretreating with spray in wash is also important and the faster you pretreat after it happened the better, but so far not one stain has stuck... hope this helps :)

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M.H.

answers from Sacramento on

Hi T.,
I have 4 boys...I feel like I am becoming an expert at removing stains! My youngest is 8 months. I always try to rinse poop stain immediately with water. If I don't have time to rinse it, then I just spray it with Shout or throw it in a bowl of water. If I am out and about, then I just have to get to it when I can. Then I wash the stain in Tide along with everyone else's clothes. Usually one washing will do the trick, but occasionally it will take two washings (don't put it in the dryer until you have the stain out). Then when I have the stain out I drape it over the baby's laundry basket until I wash his laundry again in Dreft. (Dreft really doesn't get stains out very well, it's too mild.) I always have so much laundry to do at my house, that it doesn't require much effort on my part to make that happen. :-) Good luck!
Kara

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C.R.

answers from San Francisco on

Soak any biological stains in Oxyclean - it's like a wonder soap! Also, you can let them dry outside - the sun will help with making the stain disappear.

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K.R.

answers from San Francisco on

I was a new Mommy after 10 years, but now my baby is 2.
I remember that happened alot with my oldest, and 1. I was using Huggies brand diapers, and I changed the brand and funny thing was, generic brands proved to work best for us. Also I would get a toothbrush and use Oxy Clean powder or Shout and scrub the area with the toothbrush. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. I think it is because of the acid in the B.M.
Hope this helps.

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C.V.

answers from San Francisco on

hi T.,
i know what you mean by those nice yellow stains - my daughter gives me those same surprises every now and again also. i use baby oxyclean. what seems to work for me is that i first rinse out the stain then soak the area with the oxyclean before throwing it into the wash. sometimes i don't get to wash the clothing right but it seems to work for me everytime. hope that helps!
C.

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A.R.

answers from Salinas on

I have two stain remedies. Dishwasher detergent will (theoretically) get rid of all protein-based stains, i.e., poop, spit up, blood, etc.

The second is something I use frequently for stains in general, and it gets out almost all stains I've come across. Fill your sink with the hottest water to come out of your tap (original recipe called for five gallons of hot water, which I determined to be about as much water as my sink could hold). Then, add 1 cup each Clorox 2 (for colors) and dishwasher detergent. Let garments soak overnight, then launder as usual the next morning.

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L.A.

answers from San Francisco on

Try Zout. Using an old toothbrush, "scrub" the stained area with Zout. I also add a capfull to the wash cyle (it is a fabulous fabric brightener). In over 15 years I've not had a stain this product could not remove.
L.

S.S.

answers from San Francisco on

hey T.! the very best stain remover i've ever used is Oxyclean, which i was referred to by a thrift store owner who said it's how she gets stains out of clothes that other people have tried EVERYTHING else on! i'm here to tell you it works very, very well! follow the directions on the can/tub for stain removal - this can be found in most drug stores, etc. good luck!

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C.W.

answers from Minneapolis on

i soak all baby items in the washer or a plastic tub with some dreft soap and i put spray n wash on bad stains. i add items till i have a full load or run out of an item i need then i wash them most stains do come out every once and awhile i do have to wash changing mats again if she pooped all over it. good luck cleaning

S.L.

answers from San Francisco on

Spray Shout, then sprinkle Oxy Clean on to, then spray more Shout...let sit for 30;45 min then wash

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J.B.

answers from San Francisco on

Best thing I have found is the spray n wash, but it is the squeeze bottle with "dual action". I squirt it on the stain and throw it in the wash and everything comes out! You can find it at Target

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A.J.

answers from San Francisco on

I have used lots of things. lately used resolve stain spray with oxy clean in it. I also used dawn in the past. I recommend rinsing in COLD water as most bio stains (blood, spit up, poop) need to be rinsed in cold. Then I wash in hot (if it is white/light) If stain doesn't come out do not dry in heat or iron as this will set the stain.

J.S.

answers from San Francisco on

Here's what we do: we first wash the stain with running hot water in the sync, and then put it in the bucket with water and detergent.

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S.S.

answers from San Francisco on

Unfortunately bleach is the only thing that has worked for us. Oxy clean works sometimes.

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T.R.

answers from Stockton on

Zout is the miracle cleaner. I also like Oxyclean. Just soak the soiled clothes with a scoop if Oxyclean and hot water. But Zout works the best as long as you try and spray or soak right away or asap.

trish

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N.C.

answers from Sacramento on

T., It sounds like you are having so much fun. My first tip that only took 3 children to figure out is to soak it right away. Don't let the poop dry. Gold Dial bar soap works great when you scrub the cloths with it before putting them in the wash. For existing stains try soaking the cloths in hot water with Oxy Clean. Good luck!

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J.S.

answers from San Francisco on

I like the dreft stain remover... also i soak the garment in detergent and water before washing. Never let the garment get dry with the stains on it.

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S.B.

answers from Sacramento on

Shout.. and if that didn't work I laid it in the sun to dry :)

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S.B.

answers from Sacramento on

I swear by dawn with bleach. The dish soap. I put it directly on the stain that let it sit for a little while. Colored or white clothes and it has always worked well for me. Good Luck!

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E.M.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi T.,

I've tried a lot of things and found the Baby OxiClean in the Spray Bottle to work the best. The powder is cheaper, but being that time is limited, the spray is really convenient. I hope that helps! Congratulations on your little girl.

E.

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T.L.

answers from San Francisco on

I soaked in oxy clean too, works great.

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L.W.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi. I have a 4 month old girl and had the same problem. I used Spray n Wash spray on the stain and it worked really well. Just spray it on, leave it on for 5 minutes and then wash. If you haven't washed the clothes for a couples of days and the stain sets, use a spray that is especially made for set-in stains (I forgot the name of the product but it will say "For set-in stains"). That really worked well.

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D.R.

answers from San Francisco on

Yeah, I'd suggest Oxyclean too. Also, sometimes moving up to the next size diaper helps avoid those blow-outs. (Even if it seems by the weight she's still in the right size.)

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D.V.

answers from San Francisco on

Spray n'wash always worked for me. bad "blow outs"... I'd rinse right away. Spray n wash before the laundry, cold wash and not put in dryer until stain gone. Most were gone after the first wash. And these were all breastfed, yellow stains.

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N.D.

answers from Bakersfield on

OXY CLEAN!! I have the same exact problem, but my little girl is nine months old; so she is old enough to have food added to it. What a mess! The only thing that I have found to work is to turn on the water to the machine, add her baby detergent, add the scoop of OXY CLEAN, add her clothes, allow the washer to fill up, then just let it sit for about 30 minutes. Then I go and put the lid down and let it wash. This seems to be the charm! Good luck with all of it!!

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