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How to Get Baby Poop Out of Clothes: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Get Baby Poop Out of Clothes A Step-by-Step Guide

Doing poop clean-up for your little one can be one of the most annoying things to deal with, especially if they soil their clothes. However, it’s a challenge that every new mom, dad, and family member learns to overcome.

Fortunately, there are several proven ways to get stains out of baby clothes without much effort, whether the stains are new, dried up, or are simply discoloring your baby’s clothes.

I’ll give a few tips on how to remove these poop stains effectively, how to prevent these clothing stains from happening in the first place, and tips on removing other stains that appear on your baby’s clothes.

How to Get Baby Poop Out of Clothes [For the Cleanest Baby Clothes Possible]

How to Get Baby Poop Out of Clothes [For the Clean Baby Clothes Possible]

Here are a few ways on how to wash poop stains out of your baby’s clothes. There are different methods you can use to clean up this type of mess, depending on how fresh the accident is.

Fresh Poop Stains

If the poop stains are relatively fresh, meaning they haven’t set in yet, try wiping them off using baby wipes. If they’ve hardened slightly, try using a dull knife or spoon that you plan on disposing.

Once all the extra waste has been removed, pretreat the stained area in warm water and let it soak for a few hours

To further disinfect the affected part, use natural cleaning agents like white vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, or hydrogen peroxide solution. Soak the clothes for at least a few minutes.

Then, place it in the washing machine and use a high-temperature wash (unless clothing instructions explicitly prohibit this.) This will remove even more bacteria and germs, allowing you to avoid poopy disasters.

Set-in Poop Stains

For those stains that have lingered for too long, start by busting out the hydrogen peroxide solution, white vinegar, baking soda, or lemon juice and letting the clothes soak for a few minutes.

You should brush the affected area using an old toothbrush to remove as many particles and dirt as possible. If the poop stain remains, place it in a fresh solution and leave it to soak overnight.

Before putting it in the wash, check if the stain is still there. Some stains are stubborn and need multiple soaking/brushing sessions before disappearing.

If you put it in the wash, make sure to use only baby-safe detergent. Use a higher temperature as long as the garment’s care instructions allow it.

Removing Poop Stains Naturally

Using natural cleaning agents to remove poop stains is both cost-effective and safe. It’s also convenient since you can find most of these in your cabinets at home.

White vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide are natural ways to remove poop stains. You can do so by soaking your baby’s poop-stained clothes in these agents, allowing them to work their magic.

For baking soda, add water until it becomes a thick paste, and use a toothbrush to spread it on the affected area. For the other natural cleaners, just soak the baby’s clothes in them. It won’t take long for you to see your desired results.

NOTE: Don’t forget to wash your baby’s bottom after they poop, as leaving poop remnants on them might cause bacteria and germs to grow and cause discomfort or infections.

How to Prevent Poop Stains

How to Prevent Poop Stains

Prevention is better than the cure. When it comes to poop stains, preventing them from getting on your baby’s clothes in the first place is better than cleaning them out afterward. 

Here’s how.

Inner Liner

The first line of defense you can use to prevent poop stains from reaching your baby’s clothes is to use a liner inside their cloth diaper. This adds an extra layer of protection and absorbency.

These liners can absorb a lot of the pee and poop your baby or toddler makes, minimizing the likelihood of it spilling onto your baby’s clothes.

This inner liner is usually a fleece cloth or a booster that you can easily insert into your baby’s two-in-one or prefold cloth diaper.

Remove It Right Away

Most poop stains become hard to remove and overstay their welcome once they’ve had time to set in and harden. You can prevent this by removing the poop as soon as you see or smell it.

For example, if your baby is crawling around and the unmistakable poop smell hits your nose, immediately take off their clothes to check and remove any poop using baby wipes.

If the poop hasn’t been given a chance to dry out, there’s a big chance that baby wipes can remove all the poop and not leave any clothing stains whatsoever.

Removing Other Tough Stains from Baby Clothes

Removing Other Tough Stains from Baby Clothes

While most stains can be removed using natural methods, stubborn stains need to be removed with a bit more force. 

Here are a few methods to use, though they should be used sparingly, especially on baby clothes.


Bleach is one of the strongest solutions for removing even the toughest stains. However, they should be used with caution, especially when working with delicate baby clothes.

The best baby clothes use fabrics that are so delicate that washing them with bleach will discolor or even damage them beyond repair. 

If organic solutions aren’t cutting it, oxygen bleach is an alternative to regular bleach that’s less harsh, though comparatively effective.

Laundry Boosters

These boosters and detergents are usually placed in the washing machine to help break down the nasty particles in soiled baby clothes.

Borax is one of the popular laundry boosters that doubles as a cleaning agent for the rest of the house. It’s much easier to use than some natural methods, which could take days to dissolve poop stains.

Stain Removers

Some companies make dedicated stain removers that can be applied before the wash via soaking and brushing or during washing as a laundry booster.

Tips for Removing Tough Stains

Tips for Removing Tough Stains

Here are a few more tips you can keep in mind for removing tough poop stains. Use these in conjunction with the methods mentioned previously for the best possible experience.

Don’t Mix in the Wash With Other Garments

You don’t want to mix soiled baby clothes with regular wash clothes because you’ll be using harsher materials and higher temperatures to wash the soiled ones.

This also prevents cross-contamination, which can lead to diseases spreading or your little one getting sick.

Hang It to Dry in the Sun Instead of Tossing it in the Tumble Dryer

Hanging baby clothes with stains outside under direct sunlight helps make the stains look lighter or disappear entirely. This is due to the natural whitening power of the sun.

The sun also cleans the clothes enough to ensure they’re germ and bacteria-free. The combination of the heat and UV rays usually does the trick.

Refrain from using dryer sheets or drying machines on delicate baby clothes because they might damage your baby’s clothes, especially after all the soaking and the hot wash cycle.

Try to Remove the Poop as Soon as Possible

As mentioned earlier, removing the offending food particle or poop before it dries up and becomes difficult to evict will be your best course of action. After all, it’s a lot harder to remove caked-up poop than soft, fresh ones.

The longer you allow the stain to dry on the shirt, the harder it will be to remove. You might even have to use a knife or spoon at the end of its service just to scrape the poop off.

Frequently Asked Questions

Now that you know more about getting baby poop out of your little one’s clothes, you might have more questions about clothes and stains. Here are the commonly asked questions.

Should Poopy Baby Clothes Be Washed Separately?

Yes, poopy baby clothes should be washed separately because you’ll want to avoid cross-contamination and ruining fabrics with different care instructions.

You don’t want your organic baby clothes like baby pajamas, onesies, swaddle blankets, sleep sacks, burp cloths, and baby bibs to get contaminated with poop from a lone shirt or onesie.

Can I Use Vinegar to Remove Tough Baby Stains?

Vinegar is a great natural cleaning agent that can help remove baby stains. Soak the affected clothes in vinegar for a few minutes, then give them a good scrub to see results.

Should I Use Hot or Cold Water When Removing Poop Stains?

You should use hot water as much as possible when removing poop stains. It is much better at getting between the fabric and removing extra dirt and bacteria build-up.


Babies poop their pants a lot, and it can be frustrating for a mom to take great care of baby clothes only for them to be ruined by these tough poop stains.

The best ways to remove it are to catch it early, scrape the excess off of the affected area, and then soak it in natural cleaning solutions to remove the stain entirely.

Sky Bustillo
Sky Bustillo

Hi, I’m Sky!
As a Filipina in her mid-20s, a sister to young ones, and a tita to my nieces and nephews, I somehow share the same sentiment as other parents. I have a growing aspiration of becoming a mom someday!
But there also comes a worry that you won’t be able to give the best to your children, especially with the food they eat, the products they use, and the new habits and hobbies we introduce to them.
Your kid’s safety and welfare are your top priority, that’s why I always make it to a point to learn from the stories and experiences of other moms.
It’s a delight to share what I learned and know to help the moms close to my heart, and this time, I’m writing to relay advice to you from the insights of other moms and my experience around kids, too.
I’d love to be a part of your journey, and I hope you find these tips and tricks helpful for you and your young one!