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How to Get Baby Food Stains Out of Clothes

Babies are notoriously messy, especially when it is meal and snack time. More often than not, baby food ends up in hair, on the floor, on furniture and especially on clothes. Most types of baby food can stain clothing without proper treatment. There are a variety of techniques to remove baby food stains from clothing and fabric.

Baby food stains clothing.
  1. Blot excess food and liquid with a white cloth or paper towel. Remove excess dried food by gently scraping the stain with a metal spatula or butter knife. Do not excessively rub the clothing unless the material is durable and tough. Forceful rubbing may cause the stain to spread and may damage the color, fiber and finish of the garment.

  2. Avoid rubbing the stained clothing with a dark-colored cloth or terry towel. According to the Iowa State University Department of Foods and Consumer Sciences, using such types of material may increase staining effects. Also, fresh stains should never be rubbed with bar soap, which may set stains and prevent removal.

  3. Pre-soak fabrics in liquid laundry detergent and cold water. Allow the clothes to soak for a minimum of 20 minutes. After pre-soaking, machine wash the clothing in cold water.

  4. Remove clothing from the machine and inspect for remaining stains. According to Good Housekeeping, if stains are still evident, use a pre-wash stain remover and launder the clothing again. Test stain removal products on a hidden area or seam of the clothing to ensure that the color and finish of the garment are not affected before treating the entire stain area.