THE LAND OF (never-ending) MAMA LAUNDRY (full of every kind of stain but always lots of love)
We are here to help! You’ve landed on this page because your Latched Mama clothing has stained, oh no! Here’s a look into our clothing, your breast milk composition, and some laundering tips.
How to make your Latched Mama clothing last
We know that mom life requires a LOT of laundry. So how do we keep our beautiful Latched Mama clothes looking good from wash to wash? Here are a few tips:
- Wash your Latched Mama gear inside-out. This will help to protect your prints and colors, and prevent color bleeding from other items in the wash.
- Wash your Latched Mama clothes with like items. This means no jeans, towels, bath mats, or other abrasive fabrics in the washer with them! It is also smart to avoid zippers, hooks, and anything else that will catch.
- When possible and practical, hang and/or air dry your Latched Mama clothes! The more time they spend in the dryer, the more likely they are to age more quickly.
Most of our clothes are made from a Viscose/Spandex blend and should not shrink. However, we do offer several Cotton items, and these items may shrink, as is typical with cotton. To avoid shrinking, air dry your cotton Latched Mama items! Drying them in the dryer, especially with high heat, will make it much more likely for shrinkage to occur.
Staining on your Latched Mama clothing
Chemicals - Yuck!
We do not treat Latched Mama clothing to be stain resistant. Clothing that is stain resistant is coated in chemicals during manufacturing. They are chemicals we cannot pronounce and do not trust up against baby’s delicate skin. Because we want you and your baby to be safe, your clothing may stain more easily.
Breast Milk Magic
Your breast milk is unique in composition. Some breast milk may stain everything it touches, and other breast milk may not, due to the composition of your milk at the time. Some stains are sneaky and only show up after sitting on fabric for a long time (all those clothes you pulled out of storage for baby #2 couldn’t possibly have been put away stained, could they?!) and some are an immediate greasy disaster.
For this reason, we have put together a couple of tips on removing stains from your Latched Mama clothing. Breast milk, spit-up, diaper leaks, and most food based stains are considered protein stains and the instructions below are geared toward that type of stain. While these methods should work for most types of staining, always do your research, and treat for the type of stain you have.
Easy Steps to Combat Pesky Stains
- Prevention! Having burp cloths and/or bibs on hand while breastfeeding your baby will help reduce staining significantly. Tucking burp cloths next to your baby’s neck or chin while nursing and over your shoulder while burping your baby will catch any extra milk or spit up that could mistakenly land on your clothing.
- Once a stain has occurred:
First, rinse the stain as soon as you are able with cool water. A little finger rubbing and maybe a drop of mild dish soap (such as Dawn) may be all you need.
Should you wish to proceed further, you can try an enzyme cleaner. Common ones are Bac-Out, Whisk, Era Plus, or Biz. Enzyme cleaners attack the stain by literally digesting the proteins. Soak the stain in water first then spray the enzyme cleaner onto the stain and let it sit. If there is still stain remaining, use a combination solvent such as Spray ‘n Wash or Shout and launder as usual. We do not recommend OxyClean or any Essential Oil-based cleaners, as they tend to corrode the fabric fibers.
Tips from the Latched Mama Team
*Dawn dish soap is by far the most recommended and seemingly most effective stain remover for our clothing! Just a few drops as a pre-treatment or right before washing can do wonders.
*Some of our team members swear by the non-toxic brand, Branch Basics for all things cleaning, laundry, and spot treatment. This small business was even founded by women!
*Other mamas have also used Defunkify, Medela Breastmilk Removal Soap and Bunch of Farmers Stain Remover Stick with luck on their stains!
*For particularly greasy stains from baby oils, nipple oils, or lanolin-based nipple creams, try absorbing the excess grease first by covering the stain with cornstarch, chalk, or talc and letting it sit for about 15 minutes. Scrape everything off and spray with your combination solvent (Spray n’ Wash or Shout etc) before laundering as usual.
*After you have washed your item and BEFORE putting it in the dryer, check your stain to see if it needs further treatment. Once you put that stain through the dryer, it will be much harder to remove.
*If all else fails, any remaining stains can be treated with sunlight! That’s right! Good ol’ sunshine. Hang your items in the sun to dry after washing them and most stains will come right out! (this method is tested and approved by many cloth-diapering mamas!)
Remember to always spot test any stain removing product you use (on a hidden corner of your clothing) first, to make sure it does not cause damage to your clothing as some cleaners can be harsh. Thank you for loving our clothes as much as we do and remember that you are doing a great job mama, stains or not.