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Removing Baby Formula Stains from Clothing

Formula stains can be quite persistent. This is a guide about removing baby formula stains from clothing.

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April 26, 2012 Flag
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How do I get stains out of clothes from baby formula?

By Shelley

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April 26, 20120 found this helpful

I have four grown children now. When they were small I used Spray n wash on their clothing. I never had stains. I also used burping clothes when they were very small when burping them.

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April 29, 20120 found this helpful

Try using powdered dish washer detergent (any brand). Wet the spot on the clothes. Make a paste of the dishwasher detergent and water, and scrub in.

Then in a clean sink, pour hot water over the clothes, being careful not to burn yourself, and rinse the detergent out.

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April 29, 20160 found this helpful

We use a mixture of oxi clean or BIZ (enzyme cleaners, cascade powdered dishwasher soap, resolve stain remover and Awesome (which I believe is the key. It cleans everything! You can find it in a spray bottle at the Dollar Tree for $1 or Dollar General in a big bottle for $3-$5), all combined with my regular detergent and fabric softener in the washing machine. I use this process for clothes that are strained with formula, grease, blood, grass, basically any difficult strain. I just use the same measurement of all of these as the regular detergent (so, I use the detergent cup to measure). Some people say Dreft works but I've never tried it. My way works... Why fix what's not broken, right?

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May 11, 2011 Flag
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Is there any way to get out set in baby formula stains?

By Elizabeth from Mt. Vernon, OH

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May 11, 20110 found this helpful

When we got a baby outfit from the thrift shop with some stains, we soaked it in Oxi-Clean. Took care of the problem!

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July 20, 20160 found this helpful

I just used Oxi Clean laundry stain remover on my new granddaughters baptism dress and it worked perfectly. It had been on the dress since last baby 4 years ago. So happy

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February 11, 2010 Flag
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Got formula stains on baby clothes? Soak in Cascade dishwasher soap. Removes stains instantly.

By Kay from Pitts, GA

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February 11, 2010 Flag
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I was just given a bunch of baby clothes. Some of them are stained with formula and a few have mildew stains. Any suggestion on how to remove the stains?


By duckie43 from Tell City, IN


Removing Baby Formula Stains

My BABY is now 36 years old. I was getting out old formula stains in baby clothes I bought for him at garage sales way back then! You need BIZ ( it's an "enzyme" cleaner, not a detergent!) and some non chlorine bleach (like Clorox II). I would take my plastic bucket (3 gal. ?) and dump in about 1/2 cup of BIZ and 1/2 cup dry, non chlorine bleach. Pour in about 1 gallon of the hottest water you have and stir the granules around until they have dissolved. Then add cold water until the bucket is about 2/3rds full. Then submerge the stained clothes in the water. I left some in the mixture for 5 days before all the stains came out, but they all DID come out stain free. I would check them every day and stir them around. I do think the new "Oxy-Clean" products that we have available today would probably be helpful too.
I still use a BIZ and Clorox II "soak" in my washer about every two months just to keep my pastel and white tee-shirts very bright and clean. (06/16/2009)

By Grandma Margie

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June 16, 2009 Flag
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I have some lovely baby clothes that were given to me. Unfortunately they have what might be formula stains on them. Can anyone out there tell me how to get the stains out? Thanks bunches.

By anbsmommy from Spanaway, WA


Removing Baby Formula Stains

Soak in Cascade before washing. This works well. (06/11/2009)

By kkharp

Removing Baby Formula Stains

If the items are white (sometimes beige or very light colors), try Rit Whitener and Brightner or Rit Color Remover. I use them in a soak cycle first. Good luck. (06/11/2009)

By Lake Lady

Removing Baby Formula Stains

I've had great luck using OxyClean on baby formula stains that were 5 years old and had been in the attic. Just follow the soaking instructions on the can. Most stains come out after the first soaking and then the more stubborn ones can be soaked again. Good luck. (06/12/2009)

By khaney2847

Removing Baby Formula Stains

We used Resolve Carpet Cleaner on some work clothes that were ready for the trash. They came out wonderfully well. Worth a try if the other suggestions don't work out. (06/12/2009)

By daiquiri

Removing Baby Formula Stains

In the late 70's, I soaked my formula stained baby clothes in dishwasher detergent (powdered kind) then finished up in the washer. It worked great on the little t-shirts and bibs. Now, with the grandkids, I use OxyClean to soak. (06/12/2009)

By Polly G

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June 11, 2009 Flag
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If you have baby clothes with formula, food or puke stains (even old ones), this works: Soak the clothes in a bucket of water with a powder oxygen cleaner (like Sun or Arm and Hammer). Put lemon juice on it, if it's white.

March 22, 2007 Flag
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Baby formula stains UNTIL NOW were almost impossible to get out. I recently bought a can of OXYGEN CLEAN at the Dollar Tree, just thinking it might actually do what it says it will do.

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