Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Downy Disaster!

With days away from welcoming my second child into the world, I decided to gather all the baby clothes I had bought and wash them in preparation for baby's arrival. I've always been told to wash the baby clothes before putting them on a newborn. I still don't understand this logic considering that the clothes are new but decided nevertheless to do as told (maybe some of you can clear up this old wives tale for me). On the rinse cycle, I added some downy softener into a downy ball and dropped it into the washing machine. Upon completion of the clothes being rinsed, I was devastated to see a few of my baby clothes ruined with downy stains. I was close to tears and began searching the internet feverishly to see how the clothes could be salvaged.  I came upon a remedy that seemed pretty straight forward and didn't require me to go out and purchase any products. 

To remove downy softener stains from clothing, simply wet clothing and rub with a bar of ivory soap. Wash on hands then let soak for about 10 -15 minutes in either warm or cold water (I used cold water). 
I was amazed by the results! My baby clothes looked new again. See below for before and after pictures. 


Rub ivory soap on the spot

After (good as new)


  1. Ivory soap can also be used to treat grass stains.

  2. Apparently all new clothes have a special coating on them to give them a look and smell that's appealing to buyers. Since baby's skin hvve not been exposed to any outside chemicals, they may react unkindly to the coating found on new clothes. This is why you're advised to wash baby clothes before putting on them.