I was unpacking Mason's old baby clothes the other day, and realized we do not have a lot of neutral baby clothes from his infant days. The one thing we DO have a lot of though are white t-shirt onesies which are, by nature, neutral. I was really excited to see that we had around 6 newborn ones that I don't think he even had used. We also had an additional 5 that had been used. VERY used. You know, that lovely yellow ring around the color (and all down the front)? Not to mention, they had been washed and dried 100 times so the stains were beyond set in.
Before throwing them away, I visited my favorite website on earth, Pinterest, to see if they had a solution for me.
I was able to find a "pin" that specifically addressed removing yellow stains from white baby clothes that have already been set. So I gave it a whirl....
First, I gathered my supplies. The "recipe" called for one part dawn dish soap, two parts hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda. You also need a scrub brush of some sort and, of course, a disgusting looking onesie.
Next, I mixed together the dawn and hydrogen peroxide. Which made this blue mixture.
Then, I took the blue mix and poured it on the stained areas of the onesie. You let that set for one minute, then, sprinkle on some baking soda and lightly scrub everything together on your stains.
I ended up letting that mixture set for a little while (the washer was already working on a load for me). Then I threw the onesies in the wash and ran them through on "hot" with some Tide.
My plan was always to rerun these through with other baby items and a "free" detergent before baby comes, but this round was all about stain removal.
The verdict: It did remove stains, but not 100% of them. The onesies went from trash to wearable through this process so that was nice! They by no means look brand new, but the process saved me some $$$ by using products I already had around the house.
My guess is that it works better on stains that haven't been set in quite so much as mine.
Here's the before & after for you to judge.