The Power of Sunshine

A few weeks ago I opened the rubber maid tub of my daughter’s newborn baby clothes and gasped in horror. More than half of her clothes had awful yellowish brown stains all over them (they were stain free when I stored them). Apparently sitting in the tub for the last few years has allowed all of the spit up stains to rear their ugly heads. I lamented on what to do and how I was going to be able to afford new clothes for this next baby or how this poor baby would be looking very shabby if we were to have a girl.

Then, my friend informed me not to fear that all I needed was sunshine! That’s right, the power of the sun. She said all I needed to do was to wash the clothes and get them wet and then let them dry in direct sunlight. I was skeptical but hey, it was definitely worth a shot. I went to the store and spent a few dollars on some clothespins.

Now, I only wish I would have taken before and after photo’s. Because of my skepticism I did squirt all of the stained clothes with Shout first and then threw them in the wash. Some of the stains faded just with the wash but most of them were still there. I then hung them outside on a cheap freestanding clothes rack which kept proceeding to blow down in the wind which was really, really obnoxious. I couldn’t stand it up against the house because the sides of the house were in the shade. Finally, I got the bright idea to lay a large blanket on the grass and pin the clothes to the blanket and weight the blanket with some rocks. Perfect.

A few hours later I went to retrieve them and brought the clothes inside. I was utterly shocked when I inspected each piece of clothing and found that EVERY SINGLE STAIN WAS GONE. Gone. Just like that. Magic, I tell you! I stared at some of those onesies until my eyes crossed because I was sure that some of those stains still had to be there, but nope, all gone.

I am so excited to be able to save some of Camden’s current shirts that have become stained and tossed aside as “play clothes.” I’ve also heard that this method works just as well for getting stains out of cloth diapers. Something that will come in handy with this next baby, I’m sure.

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2 comments

  1. journeytocrunchville · April 29, 2008

    Cloth diapers are definitely worth it. There is a learning curve but these days it is pretty short. I’d say the simplest, most user friendly and universally compatible cloth diaper these days is Fuzzi Bunz. There are literally hundreds of other options out there (maybe thousands??) but Fuzzi Bunz tend not to have leaking issues, are pretty trim fitting and have a simple pocket and snap closure design. I like lots of other styles but usually recommend Fuzzi Bunz to start with. The G Diapers you mention with the flushable liners are great as well but more expensive. They are definitely a good option for someone who doesn’t have the ability to do a lot of laundry or for a child in a daycare setting where they don’t like to use cloth diapers, etc. I plan on using G Diapers this time around for when we are traveling and visiting family.

    Anyway, we all ready talked OTP but I think you should give it a try. But I won’t hold it against you if you don’t. :)

  2. Andrea · April 28, 2008

    Wow, I had this same problem with Corina’s clothes, thats soo good to know. I will have to try that next time. Luckily most of her clothes werent that bad.
    By the way I’ve been meaning to ask you about clothe diapers lately, since you mention it. I’m not sure if I really want to do it…I’ve been looking at them online and just thinking about trying it to save money. Can you give me the low down on it. Like what is the cost to have the flushable liners and how helpful are they. Which ones are YOUR favorites.
    Thanks Jes

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