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September 29th, 2010, 05:31 AM
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My friend gave me tons of baby clothes (her daughter's whole wardrobe to 9 months!) but some of the items have soy formula set in. I tried soaking in Oxyclean and then even rubbing in Dawn. Any other suggestions? Of course the stains are on the cutest darn outfits!!! Thanks!!!
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September 29th, 2010, 06:05 AM
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Honestly the only thing that ever worked decently good for my kids stains was Dawn. If thats not working then I have no idea. When mine get like that I just have to throw them out.
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September 29th, 2010, 06:44 AM
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Stupid soy! Thanks! I will try letting the Dawn sit longer maybe...
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September 29th, 2010, 06:46 AM
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ive never had luck with removal. They MIGHT disappear for one wash and the BOOM! they are back. I have soaked them in so many different types of things from oxyclean, to dawn, to the doggie protein removal cleaner but they always come back Most of my kids have been pukers so it's been an ongoing issue/ The only clothing that has really lasted kid to kid have been dark colors. I do have a few pieces of gymboree or other higher qualiy clothing that i stripped off the second they puked and immediately treated
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September 29th, 2010, 07:10 AM
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I checked again and it seems most came out but one item. I let them soak with Dawn for couple hours yesterday and then in Oxyclean over night in cold water (my mom said not warm or hot since protein and would set in more). Not too bad! I have lemon juice sitting on the whites. See if that works, but not much hope like you said Erin! lol. At least outfits look great! I could try bar soap I guess too... protein stains suck Thanks for the input! Let you know if anything works!
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This is tough!!! I have only had luck with breastmilk stains (both spit up and poop). If it's formula, I have to get it off and keep it wet as soon as it happens..then there's a chance. My sister has gotten it out recently though. Lemme txt her and ask her how she did it.
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September 29th, 2010, 07:27 AM
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I like Dreft stain remover for the baby clothes. Fels-Naptha is the BEST stain remover of all time though - its a bar and it works wonders on all of our clothes.

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September 29th, 2010, 07:41 AM
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Just heard from my sister and she scrubs Gojo cleaner into the stain with a tooth brush, lets it sit a while, repeats, then washes it. If it's still not out she does it again before she dries it.
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September 29th, 2010, 10:37 AM
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Here is the lunch time update: I didn't have the two mentioned, but plan to purchase All the stains came out of colored items but on two pieces, so maybe later can get them out and if not they can be adorable dust rags. Working on the whites right now...

Okay, so update on the whites: they look perfect! lol. I am SHOCKED!!! It is almost scary how excited I am over laundry!!!
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September 29th, 2010, 01:32 PM
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Lay them out in the sun. I'd probably lay them our while they're damp, and the sun naturally bleaches out any formula AND poop stains. It's worked like a charm for me every time. Oh, and it's FREE.
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September 29th, 2010, 01:48 PM
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My grandma swears by the Tide stain remover that you put in with the wash cycle... I dunno though.
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September 30th, 2010, 04:29 AM
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Lay them out in the sun. I'd probably lay them our while they're damp, and the sun naturally bleaches out any formula AND poop stains. It's worked like a charm for me every time. Oh, and it's FREE.
That is what I did with the whites with lemon juice and they look perfect and new. Found that tip another site and was so happy as who doesn't have lemon juice around, right?! CHEAP! lol. That is a great one!
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gonna TOTALLY use the lemon juice idea!
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The Dawn detergent and OxyClean solution worked great! I just received some hand-me-downs from a friend, some of the clothes hadn't been worn in 5 years so the formula stains were old. To make matters worse, I didn't see them at first and washed and dried the outfits, only to see the stains afterwards when I was folding the clothes. I figured the outfits were trash until I read the suggestions on this site. I applied Dawn detergent directly to the spot and rubbed it in gently with an old toothbrush. I let it set on the stain for about an hour and a half. After setting I soaked all the clothes in cold water with OxyClean (I just followed the directions on the box and used 3 scoops per 1 gal of water). I let the clothes soak for 48 hours and when I pulled them out of the water they were like brand new. Not a single formula stain left- I was so happy to have saved these clothes! Thanks for the tip!!
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