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By liz schmitt

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How do you remove formula stain in a cotton baby top that has been washed and dried and boxed up for 7 years? My daughter just received a box of clothes from my daughter-in-law and the adorable going home outfit has 3 small formula stains on the top. I am so sick. I spent almost so much money on this outfit and now we don't know if my daughter is going to be able to use it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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How do you remove a baby formula stain on a pink cotton top that has been washed and dried and boxed up for 7 years? My daughter just received it from my daughter-in-law and the adorable going home outfit has 3 small formula stains on the top. I am so sick that she would put this away with stains. I spent so much money for this little going home outfit and now we don't know if my daughter is going to be able to use it. We have other clothes with stains but this is the one we would really like to get out. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  • I have not tried anything on the stains yet.

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Don't be too hard on your daughter-in-law. The stains probably weren't visible when the outfit was packed away. Formula stains tend to darken with time due to the carbohydrates and possibly iron that was in the formula. To remove the stains and restore the brightness of the garment, follow these directions. Since the stains are older, I would suggest soaking the garment in the oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach) and water solution for eight hours or overnight. If the stains are not gone, repeat the process until they are gone. It may take several soakings but they should come out.

Good luck and congratulations on the upcoming birth.

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