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How to Remove Stains from Baby Clothes & Disinfect Them

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Wondering how to disinfect baby clothes, tackle poop stains, and wash newborn clothes while still leaving them fresh, soft and kind to skin? Look no further!

Babies are wonderful – and they’re messy. From accidents with formula and baby food to other, less pleasant ‘accidents’, every parent knows how much laundry a little one can pile up over the course of just one day. There’s no need to worry, though – this handy guide is here to help you learn how to wash baby clothes and remove stains.

How to wash newborn clothes - top tip! To protect delicate newborn skin, use Persil non-bio detergent to wash stained baby clothes. The highly effective formula is tough on stains but gentle on sensitive young skin. 


Because baby food comes in all colours of the rainbow, these stains can look quite alarming, but there’s no need to panic. Just treat the stained baby clothes with this three-step method:

  1. Soak the garment in cold water for a few hours – or overnight, if possible.

  2. Rub a little Persil non-bio into the stain. Leave it for a few minutes to work its magic.

  3. Wash as normal, following the instructions on the care label.

That’s it! For more information on how to get out baby food stains, check out this article. 


These stains can be a little tough to remove if they’re left to dry, so act as fast as possible. If you aren’t able to treat the stain immediately, blot it with a damp cloth, removing as much of the excess formula as you can.

  1. Rinse the stain thoroughly under cool water. If possible, soak it for 15 minutes or longer.

  2. Pour a little Persil non-bio liquid onto the stain and gently rub it in.

  3. Pop the item of clothing in the wash and set to a moderate temperature – 40C ought to do the trick!

With these simple steps, you should have no problem getting baby formula stains out of your little one’s clothes.

If you need to tackle baby formula stains due to baby spit up or vomit, then you might need to take extra steps to disinfect the clothing too. Use our new antibacterial laundry sanitiser for a germ-fighting boost in your laundry. It kills 99.9% viruses* and bacteria and is effective at temperatures as low as 20°C. It is also dermatologically tested which means it will still be kind next to your baby's sensitive skin. Persil's skin care research is recognised by the British Skin Foundation.


It’s not the most pleasant of tasks, but every parent has to deal with it at some point! Here’s how to get baby poop stains out of clothes:

  1. Remove as much of the poo as possible. A good way to do this is to hold the stained clothing under running water.

  2. Pre-treat the stain with Persil non-bio liquid. Use the Stain Eraser Ball to rub a little of the liquid detergent into the poop stain, and leave it to work for a few minutes before popping the item of clothing in the wash.

  3. If you are washing with detergent alone, wash at the highest temperature possible. The care label will tell you what the maximum wash temperature is. Tip: If you’re washing a cloth nappy, it’s best not to use fabric softener, as the conditioning ingredients in fabric conditioner can make the nappy less absorbent.

  4. Add Persil Antibacterial Laundry Sanitiser to your wash in addition to your laundry detergent to kill 99.9% viruses* and bacteria.

  5. Line-dry in the sun, if possible. The sun has a natural bleaching effect on those yellow stains!


When it comes to sensitive stains such as poop and vomit, knowing how to wash baby clothes might not be enough - you'll want to know how to disinfect baby clothes too! To get help with these, try the following quick tips on how to sanitise baby clothes:

  • Wash separately from other clothes. This will help prevent contamination.

  • If you are using detergent alone, use a hotter temperature for your wash. Check the label of the garment to see what the maximum wash temperature is before setting your machine. Alternatively, you can try pre-soaking baby clothes in hot water before putting them through a normal wash.

  • Use a laundry sanitiser. Our antibacterial laundry sanitiser offers extra protection in your laundry as it kills 99.9% viruses* and bacteria. It is also great for delicate baby clothes as it is effective at temperatures as low as 20°C. Simple add to your fabric conditioner drawer and use with your regular laundry detergent.

  • Dry clothes in direct sunlight. Or use the tumble dryer if the weather isn't behaving itself. Always dry clothes as soon as the wash cycle finishes - damp clothes are a breeding ground for bacteria!


So that’s everything you need to know about getting stains out of baby clothes! Now you can make the most of your time with your little one without worrying too much about laundry – as long as you have Persil on hand, you’ll be prepared for any stains that come your way. Why not check out this article for more tips on washing baby clothes?

*Laboratory tested on Influenza H1N1, Vacciniavirus, murine coronavirus (EN14476, 10 mins).