Why do Baby Clothes turn Yellow?
Parents are used to cleaning food and messes off their baby’s clothes. But even when you keep up with every spill, spit-up and food crumb, baby clothes have the tendency to develop yellow stains when stored. This is definitely annoying when you want to pass these clothes down to other children in the family or just have them as keepsakes. That said, let’s look at the root cause of these yellow stains and discuss how you can get rid of them.
Protein Stains are the Culprit
Given all the times that kids spill milk on themselves, drool and spit up, their clothes begin to form protein stains. Even when you wash these clothes and put them away for a while, the protein enzymes can still be active. And it’s these very same enzymes that create yellow stains in baby clothes while they sit in a dresser or cabinet.
So what can You do to prevent Baby Clothes from turning Yellow?
The course of action that you take to treat a yellow stain will depend upon the color of the outfit. For example, you can effectively remove stains from white baby clothes with hydrogen peroxide. And a convenient way to do this is by using OxiClean, which breaks down into hydrogen peroxide when the product is dissolved in water.
For colored clothing, you’ll often have success by soaking it in an enzyme detergent like Arm and Hammer Essentials or Biz. But keep in mind that this is something that will take a while, so don’t soak the yellowed baby clothes for half an hour and expect the stains to be completely gone.
Prevent Yellow Stains before they happen
If you want to keep baby clothes from getting yellow in the first place, you might try the technique that’s discussed in the video below. Specifically, wash the clothes, wrap them in acid-free (archival) tissue paper, and put the wrapped clothes in an archival storage box.
By following the tips listed here, you can keep those nasty yellow stains out of your baby’s clothes and preserve the memories.