Tiny Clothes, Huge Stains

Baby foods are often made with very simple ingredients, and pureed to ensure easy digestion. What this means for your washing however, is that all the wonderful liquefied vegetables are the perfect delivery system for their bright coloured pigments - which cling to the fibres of your or your baby's clothing. Usually in the same few uncomplimentary colours.

Pumpkin, sweet potatoes and of course, carrots, all contain high levels of beta-carotene; a proto-vitamin that can be converted into Vitamin A by the body. This substance is also what gives these their vibrant colours, and serves as a highly effective dye.

Processed peas, spinach and broccoli all get their vibrant greens from high levels of chlorophyll, the chemical that enables plants to convert sugars and waters into energy through sunlight. Although whether it has any effect on humans is often disputed, one definite side effect is that it turns otherwise nutritious vegetables into potential luminous green stains.

Blackcurrants and beetroot are both excellent sources of vitamins and minerals, but are also used commercially to produce dyes and inks. As you would expect, these dyes can be very difficult to remove from clothing as they are very efficient at latching on to natural fibres.

The reason that Vanish works so well when compared to ordinary detergents is that it uses enzymes and biological substances to break down the starches and proteins that make up these dyes, meaning that whether your baby wants to eat their food, or wear it, their clothes will always look like new.

How to Remove These Stains:
The critical factor with these stains, as with most, is time. The sooner you tackle these stains, the easier it will be to get them out. First, rinse under warm-water from the back of the material to wash out any of the actual food still stuck on, without forcing it further into the fabric. Then use a scoop of Vanish Gold Oxi Action, and mixing it into a paste with some more warm water, work this into the stain. Don't forget to also do this to the back of the stain, so the Vanish can get to work from the other side as well. Once you've done this, launder with the rest of your wash, adding an extra scoop of Vanish to ensure that these stains don't stand a chance.

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