Cleaning poop stains. Every parent’s worst nightmare.
Every parent will tell you that no matter how expensive your diapers are, whether you opt for cloth or disposable and how much of an expert you are at changing, diaper leaks are inevitable.
When you least expect it, there may be stains on the car seat, the floor, their clothes, your clothes and even the carpet. And it’s not just the stain that needs attention but the smell.
Cleaning poop stains from carpets and clothes is not pleasant but it is not hard. First you need to clean and then disinfect the area.
Here’s how to easily and effectively clean baby poop
- Remove the poop: first step is to remove as much as you can from the surface as fast as you can to minimise the potential for the stain to penetrate.
- Blot: Rinse if possible, or blot the area, with water. Do not rub. By totally soaking the stain and using lots of towels to pull the water out you will do wonders at removing the bulk of the stain.
- Cleaning: There are a number of options when it comes to cleaning baby poop
- Baby Wipes: Never underestimate the power of one baby wipe. Not only will it help to wipe away stains but also disinfect and (depending on the brand) leave you with a pleasant smell.
- Baking soda: Sprinkle baking soda on the stain and leave it as long as possible, even up to an hour. Then cover with vinegar. The baking soda will start to sizzle and bubble. Using a paper towel or cloth, absorb the residue and then sprinkle more baking soda on the area and wait for it to dry. Then vacuum up.
- Washing up liquid: Combine with water and a few drops of vinegar and apply to the stained area without rubbing. Blot dry.
Use warm or cold water?
Whether you should clean with warm or cold water depends on the surface. If the poop stain is on a fabric that could potentially be stained permanently, initially wash with cold water to avoid setting the stain. Warm water can be used if you’re not worried about a permanent stain.
Just remember you are not alone! It’s also important to remember that water, vinegar and baking soda are three magical ingredients that can be used to remove urine stains, vomit and even blood. You may want to keep a packet of disposable face masks on hand to help with the smell if you are a little sensitive in that area…
What are your tips for removing baby poop stains?