How to Remove Stains in Baby Christening Clothes

by Mary Evett ; Updated September 28, 2017

Pre-treat stains on christening clothes for best results.

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A christening is a momentous event in the lives of a child and his parents. Many parents choose to preserve the garments in which a baby is christened to serve as a keepsake or heirloom for future generations. If stains occur on the christening clothing, the garment can be returned to its original state of purity by following a treatment strategy specific to the type of stain.


Place the clothes in cold water with an enzyme cleaner to loosen protein stains, such as breast milk, formula and spit-up, according to Martha Stewart.

Apply a solution of 1 tbsp. ammonia mixed with 1 cup water to remove urine stains.

Absorb diaper cream, baby oil or petroleum jelly stains with cornstarch. After 10 to 15 minutes, gently scrape off all of the cornstarch.

Rinse baby food stains in cool water and soak in a mixture of 1 cup water to 1 cup rubbing alcohol.

Spray, Wash and Dry

Apply an all-purpose stain remover directly to the stain before laundering.

Wash the clothes in a washing machine set on the delicate cycle. Use a gentle detergent specifically designed for baby or children's clothing, and thoroughly rinse all soap from the garment before drying.

Air dry the clothes by hanging on them a hanger or clothesline, or laying them on a drying rack.


  • Consult a professional dry cleaner if there is any question as to whether or not a garment can be treated and cleaned safely at home.

    Stains as a result of diarrhea can be treated the same as protein stains.

    Hand wash the garment in cool water if it is a vintage piece of clothing.

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About the Author

A mother of three and graduate of the University of Texas, Mary Evett is the online pregnancy expert who contributes to and CBS Local. Her passion for DIY projects is showcased monthly on the craft blog, My Crafty Spot. She is the author of the blog, Just Mom Matters.