How to Take the Yellow Stains Out of Heirloom Baby Clothes
Your baby's clothes aren't ruined!
I used to think that baby clothes were ruined when they yellowed. I'm sad to admit how many cute little outfits I have gotten rid of because I couldn't get the stains out.
In the past, I had tried everything from bleach to dish detergent to vinegar, and nothing worked. I finally gave up and decided just to get rid of the clothes.
Recently, I unpacked a box with both of my kids' first Easter outfits in it. This little dress and outfit were so sweet back when my babies were babies. I was sad to find that they had yellowed so much from being packed away.
I thought I'd have to get rid of these too or just settle for yellow heirlooms. Then, I tried an experiment.
I put the clothes in a bowl of milk.
I couldn't stand the idea of the clothes souring, so I put the bowl in the refrigerator.
My kids thought I was nuts.
My husband thought I'd lost it.
My dog wanted me to spill the milk.
First, I let the clothes soak overnight. Since I rarely get 8 hours of sleep, this probably was about 6 or 7 hours of soaking.
The next morning, I was anxious to see what happened, so I washed the clothes in my washing machine. They came out cleaner but still a little yellow.
I tried again, and this time, I soaked the clothes for 24 hours in the bowl of milk in the refrigerator. After soaking them, I washed them in regular detergent in the washing machine.
As you can see, the results were amazing. The once-yellow clothes were back to their sweet little colors!
I've tried this on other baby clothes, and it worked on them too. I hope you have the same success!