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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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February 11, 2010

Got formula stains on baby clothes? Soak in Cascade dishwasher soap. Removes stains instantly.

By Kay from Pitts, GA

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April 26, 20120 found this helpful

How do I get stains out of clothes from baby formula?

By Shelley


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, 20161 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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June 2, 20170 found this helpful

Tried this method. This did not work. Still have stains!


I wanted to pass down these clothes ! Urgh. I'll try another method. I really need these stains gone !

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June 2, 20170 found this helpful

Tried this method. This did not work. Still have stains! I wanted to pass down these clothes ! Urgh. I'll try another method. I really need these stains gone !

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May 11, 2011

Is there any way to get out set in baby formula stains?

By elizabeth campbell from Mt. Vernon, OH


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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September 12, 20170 found this helpful

This is my exact problem. Thanks for sharing! Did u put in the washer?

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February 11, 20100 found this helpful

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 Marty 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 Marge Mayhew

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June 16, 20090 found this helpful

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 kay

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 Sandra Lee Newton

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 Kathie Haney

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 Linda Jones

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 Paulette Gulakowski

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June 11, 20090 found this helpful

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. Lay them out in the bright sun on a really cold day for several hours (they will be stiff like a sheet of ice), then wash them like normal. Repeat until the stain comes out, but I've only had to do this twice at most. The most important part is it must be sunny and cold. I even tried this with a comforter with Sharpie marker on it and it came off before I even washed it!

By Mandi from Cleveland Ohio


Removing Baby Formula Stains

The best trick I have ever seen for getting out ANY baby stain (meaning something coming from their body - spit-up, pooh, etc) - is meat tenderizer. Just buy the powdered meat tenderizer and add a little water to make a paste - smear onto stain and let stand a couple hours (I usually do this overnight just for ease) and wash as normal. The stains lift right out.

What keeps a biological stain in the clothing is the protein base of the stain and until you break down the proteins - the stain can't release. Also makes you go eww just a little when you realize that the spit up stain means some part of that spit up is literally still in the garment in order for color to remain....yuck - even if it's technically still sanitary since it's been washed it's not a nice thought. Much nicer to just get the stain gone.

This also works great on blood stains! (11/17/2007)

Removing Baby Formula Stains

I read that using hydrogen peroxide would work for old stains. I tried it and was not happy with the results. Some of my baby clothes yellowed dramatically when I sprayed them with the peroxide. So I soaked them overnight in half a kitchen sink full of hot water and added 6 denture cleaning tabs. I knew this worked on antique linen stains, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to try on baby clothes. All the stains came out - even the yellowing from the peroxide. All my little gowns are sparkling clean and look like new! (05/27/2008)

By Danita

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March 22, 20070 found this helpful

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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