How to remove stains from children's clothing: A complete guide on stain removal

How to remove stains from children's clothing: A complete guide on stain removal

We all know how difficult it is to remove stains from children's clothing. Sometimes the best of detergents are helpless when it comes to grass, carrot, grease or juice stains. We have all been in a place in time where we eventually gave up and said to ourselves: it’s only children clothing, no one will pay attention to a little stain on his or her jacket. Dirty kids are happy kids, right? Our article is here to help, a complete guide on stain removal from children's boutique clothing using detergents and natural, old school alternatives.


Removing stains from children's boutique clothing– ground rules 

No matter what sort of detergent you are going to use to remove the stains from children clothing it’s always worth to stick to few ground rules which in the long run will be more effective when tackling these horrible never-ending monsters... Always remember to soak the stain immediately if this is of course possible, do not wait for it to completely blend into the material of the garment. Always soak the stain in COLD water, warm water will only make it harder to remove. If the first soak didn’t fully remove it, try doing it again, but never ever iron the clothing, it will only make the stain fuse with the material.

How to remove stains from children's boutique clothing using home methods 

All the new and old detergents available on the market are not always effective when it comes to stain removal from children clothing so before you throw the garment into the washing machine try some of the ideas listed below.

Carrot stains

These sorts of stains are very common when it comes to children clothing. Carrots are great source of vitamins and fibres which is why they are the main ingredient of baby food. Unfortunately, these are one of the hardest to remove. To tackle this kind of stain soak it while it’s still fresh in cold water and rub in the traditional Polish grey soap in the stain. This soap not only is magical when it comes to stain removal it is also 100% natural, odourless and hypoallergenic and its recipe dates back to 1949. You can purchase it on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barwa-Traditional-Recipe-Grey-Polish/dp/B074PRVTQD and a bar of soap will literally last you ages.Once rubbed in leave the garment to soak for 2 to 3 hours and then wash it in the washing machine as normal. If you didn’t have time to act fast and the stain is old you could try rubbing hydrogen peroxide in it then hand washing it in cold water with grey soap. Another old school home remedy is to use butter on the stain and then washing the fabric in washing up liquid. Who is ready to try it out?

Chocolate stains

To effectively remove this kind of stain, prepare a mixture of 1 spoon of soap combined with a glass of water. Rub this mixture into the stain and leave for about 30 minutes. Soap will soften the dirt and it will then easily come out during the wash

Fruit and fruit juice stains

Most of these types of stains will come out quite easily in a wash. Some of them might be difficult to remove, especially if not treated straight away. Fresh stains soak straight away in cold water, for older stains- wet the stain with washing up liquid, leave for 30 minutes and then wash with your usual laundry detergent. You could also try to rub in lemon juice or white vinegar.

Urine stains

Urine stains are most of the time easy to remove when fresh, but we don’t always have time to act fast.  For old urine stains white vinegar will do wonders! Try different proportions with water and soak the material in it.

Grass stains

These stains are a real nightmare. Sometimes it’s easier just to give up and admit a failure. However, rubbing alcohol on the stain will lift most if not all the dreaded green from the fabric.

Felt tip stains


Kids love to be creative, and unfortunately that creativity ends up on our favourite children's boutique clothing. To tackle this try adding a little bit of potato starch to the water and place it on the stained material. Leave it to dry and then wash it in the washing machine. This home remedy was used by older generations back in the day when laundry detergents were not so easy to come by. Old but very effective.

Vomit stains

These again are one of the most difficult to remove, do not wait too long to treat it if possible.  If the stains do not come out in a 60 degree Celsius wash, you could try soaking the material in washing up liquid for around 30 to 40 minutes then rinse.

Chewing gum

The dreaded chewing gum, one of the toughest stains to tackle.  It is going to happen sooner or later so it’s worth to know this trick before it happens: place children's boutique clothing in the freezer until it completely freezes, then scrub it with a kitchen knife.

Grease stains

For grease stains the best solution is washing up liquid. Rub it in the fabric and then rinse the material in the warm water. Another method is more traditional: rub a little bit of baking soda and damp the stain with a sponge or towel. Baking soda should lift all the grease from the fabric.

Blood stains

To tackle this, place the garment in a bowl of cold water, add a little bit of salt and leave it to soak for about an hour.




I hope that this little guide will help you keep your kids clothing stay clean and crisp for longer.  Next time an accident happens, use some of the methods listed in this article, and remember, try to act fast if possible!