How to Treat Common Stains on Children’s Clothing

According to a Mumsnet housekeeping thread, these are three of the most common stains on children’s clothing, found by analysing posts from December to January.

Sharon Shokar, M&S Kidswear technologist and insider, shares her top tips for treating these stains:

1. Food and drink

“To remove food and drink stains, first blot as much of the stain as possible with a clean, damp cloth. It’s important to try and clean the stain as soon as you notice it, so it doesn’t have a chance to set in and become stubborn. Pre-treat the stain with baking soda before washing. For stubborn food and drink stains, try soaking them in a mixture of white wine vinegar and warm water for 30 minutes before washing.” 

2. Paint

“To remove a paint stain, first scrape off any excess paint from the item. After this, pre-treat with dish soap before putting it in to wash. For more stubborn paint stains from the likes of oil-based paints, try rubbing them with either margarine or butter before washing. If you’re treating party dresses or baby coats, take extra care to read the care labels.” 

3. Grass, mud and dirt

“If your little one has gotten over excited when playing in the garden and got grass stains over their clothes, dab with a clean cloth soaked in cold water and then pre-treat with laundry detergent before washing. You can also soak the clothing in a mixture of water and rubbing alcohol for 30 minutes before washing. With mud and dirt, you’ll need to let the stain dry completely and then brush off as much as possible before pre-treating with detergent before washing.

“When treating stains, always refer to washing instructions and be aware that using stain removers and DIY tricks can bleach or change the colour of the fabric, so it’s a good idea to test in a hidden spot before treating the stain.”