What’s more is that most moms just don’t have time to deal with life’s daily messes. It’s not like we can throw everything in the laundry the second it gets dirty. That’s where these stain-removing products will come in handy. Trust us.
To take some stress out of the mess, we’ve rounded up the best products for tackling everything from spit up to red wine.
Dreft Instant Stain Remover Spray ($14.99 for Four 22 oz. Bottles)
Dreft always makes us think of new babies. So it’s good to know that the maker of every baby’s first laundry detergent also makes a stain remover fit for baby’s first diaper blowout and other messy milestones. Bonus points: it works instantly, because new moms do not have time to dab and wait!
Dreft Instant Stain Remover Spray works no matter what temperature you use to wash your clothes, sheets, and blankets. And it’s specially formulated not to affect flame-resistant sleepwear.
Babyganics Fragrance FreeStain & Odor Remover ($14.97 for Three 32 oz. Bottles)
This non-toxic, plant-based spray a winner. Spray directly onto stains, then place into cold water for about five minutes (longer if the stains are heavy). Stains and smells disappear like magic. Known for tackling spit up stains, Babyganics Stain Remover is particularly good at getting out food stains, especially from fruits. And it’s a dream for removing stains from mom’s favorite fruit source: red wine!
Babyganics Stain Remover is tested by pediatricians and dermatologists. It is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, chlorine, fragrance, and dye. Don’t forget to try the diaper bag-ready stain eraser marker for stains that happen on-the-go.
OxiClean Baby Stain Remover ($12.19 for One 16 oz. Bottle)
OxiClean Baby Stain Remover brings OxiClean’s well-known cleaning power to baby stains. This stain remover is formulated specifically for dried-on stains from baby food, spit up, and diaper disasters.
The chlorine-free, phosphate-free, dye-free spray is designed to be used on more than just baby’s clothes and bibs. It’s also great for getting stains out of car seat covers and stroller fabric.
Puracy Natural Laundry Stain Remover ($9.49 for Three 4 oz. Bottles)
This Made-in-the-USA stain remover and odor eliminator spray boasts serious stain-removing power, an environmentally-responsible pedigree, and good vibes. The Certified Cruelty Free, plant-based spray is perfect for removing stubborn stains like grass, wine, and tomato sauce.
Puracy Natural Laundry Stain Remover is non-bleaching, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, biodegradable, vegan, and gluten-free. It’s also safe to use in homes with septic systems. To use, spray the stain and let it sit for about 15 minutes before putting it in the laundry. For tougher stains, rub the fabric after spraying, and let it sit for 8 hours, then put it in the laundry and run an additional rinse cycle. Bonus points: for every purchase made, Puracy donates to local organizations that support children and families.
Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover ($13.21 for Three 2 oz. Bottles)
In addition to its quirky-charming name, this cult favorite spot remover has 297 five-star reviews on Amazon. To use, apply a drop to stained clothing and throw in the wash. This stain remover specializes in some of the most common stains moms encounter, including ink, grass, and grease.
Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover is biodegradable, non-toxic, and free of bleach and phosphates. Don’t let the eco-friendly features fool you though: Grandma packs a punch. This stain remover even gets out notoriously stubborn hard water spots.
Carbona Stain Devils Formula 4 ($3.70 for One 1.7 oz. Bottle)
Turn to the Stain Devils line from Carbona when you are sure you have found the one stain nothing will remove. Stain removers from this line are formulated for specific types of stains, including Carbona Stain Devils Formula 4 Stain Remover that removes blood and dairy stains when other products can’t.
This product is not considered non-toxic, though the manufacturer does classify it as “not hazardous” according to OSHA standards. So wash your hands thoroughly after using. And as with all stain removers (even those labeled non-toxic) keep out of reach of children.
Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover Liquid Pen ($10.92 for Three Pens)
The bleach-free Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover Pen is the number one stain remover on the market according to sales. It removes food and drink stains from a variety of fabrics. Unlike most other stain removers, you don’t need to put the clothing in the wash right after treatment. This makes it an ideal on-the-go stain remover to throw in your diaper bag or your purse.
The Tide Pen is designed mostly for food and drink stains, so it won’t serve all of your mom needs, but the convenience factor is hard to beat.
Shout Advanced Action Gel ($4.18 for One 22 oz. Bottle)
Shout Advanced Action Gel is formulated for stains that are the hardest to remove. It is super-concentrated and easy to use. Spray directly on the stain, rub the fabric then wash as directed. Shout Advanced Action Gel works with all water temperatures.
A note of caution when using this super-powered stain remover: It is safe for colorfast fabrics, but it is not meant to be used on fabrics that are not colorfast. To test if your fabrics are colorfast, review the washing instruction labels. If the label says to turn inside out, wash separately, or wash in cold water only, the fabric is not colorfast.
Did we miss anything you swear by? Let us know in the comments!
Elizabeth Eames is a writer, communications consultant and coach who has been helping entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profits tell their stories for over a decade.
Liz lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and daughter and has a master’s degree from Fordham University. Her writing has appeared in business magazines and a variety of parenting and business blogs.