This helped me. It might help you, so I am telling you about it!
This is going to be unglamorous. Prepare yourself. (Since, you know, I’m usually the epitome of glamor.)
I mentioned that a ton of Gabe’s baby clothes were stained – I put them away clean, and 3 years later, they are magically and terribly full of yellow stains. Ugh! I tried washing a load in hot water with a scoop OxiClean. No luck.
I didn’t want to give up, though, because some of those clothes are so cute and hold many memories. I really, really wanted my second child to be able to wear them.
So I committed, rolled up my sleeves, and got intense.
What I Did
I put 6 scoops of OxiClean in the bathtub with approximately 6 gallons of water, then stirred it all with a metal whisk. Gabe and I dumped the clothes on top of it and used the whisk to push them under water.
(It turned out we needed more water, so I mixed two more scoops in a bucket with hot water and poured it over the clothes. Estimating water levels is hard.)
At this point, Mike came home and thought I had gone crazy. Gabe thought it was the best day ever and excitedly declared, “When the baby is born, he can swim in the clothes!”
I left the clothes in the OxiClean filled tub overnight – probably 16 hours – squashing down the clothes a few more times. This involved stepping on the clothes and pretending I was making wine instead of just getting gross stains out of tiny onesies. Then I washed my feet, because that stuff’s probably not good for your skin.
The next morning, I drained the tub:
(Weird filter thanks to my child changing settings on my phone without my realizing it.)
I put a load in the washer and ran a spin cycle before running a hot cycle.
I told Mike I was possibly the most ridiculous person ever for doing this much to save baby clothes. He agreed.
Except! It felt so wasteful to throw away a 10 gallon bag of clothes if they could be saved! So I continued on in my madness.
Did it work??
I waited with bated breath when the load finished drying…SUCCESS! Houston, we have clean (adorable, tiny, OMGsquee) baby clothes!
I still gave away half the stash, but at least I didn’t have to throw more than 4-5 onesies that just wouldn’t get clean. (I have enough cleaning rags).
And thus concludes the most domestic post I’ve ever written. Next up: how to keep your kitchen floor clean! (Just kidding. I’ve made peace with crumbs.)
(PS: No. I’m not already getting ready for baby – just cleaning out closets and trying to reduce what we have!)