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Baby Care: Spit-Up Happens! How To Get It Out

When it comes to spitting up, babies aren’t afraid to let loose. They’ll do it on the couch, the carpet, the beautiful baby blanket from Grandma Gloria, Grandma Gloria herself. But don’t throw in the (burp!) towel—here are four super-easy ways to clean it, quick.
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When it comes to spitting up, babies aren’t afraid to let loose. They’ll do it on the couch, the carpet, the beautiful baby blanket from Grandma Gloria, Grandma Gloria herself. But don’t throw in the (burp!) towel—here are four super-easy ways to clean it, quick.

1. The it’s-worked-for-eons method. Laundry stain sticks and sprays are modern-day miracles, but in a pinch try this: Dab (don’t rub) the big blobs of spit-up with a burp cloth or sponge. Then dip a wet washcloth in baking soda and blot the stain.

2. The au-naturale method. A little lemon juice and plain old sunshine bleach out spit-up stains. "If I’ve washed something and there’s still a trace of spit-up," says Christina Poston, a mother of one in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, "I squeeze lemon juice on it and let it dry in the sun. It always works. I just don’t use it on anything dark because it’ll fade it."

3. The always-good-in-an-emergency method. It’s guaranteed to happen at least once (or 10 times): Baby spits up all over you when you’re out and about. This is where baby wipes come in handy…for you. I always have wipes on me—they’re pretty much surgically attached to my hands these days—so I just use them remove spit-up from clothes," says Lisa Smith, a mother of two in Houston, TX. "Wipes take it up easy and leave no smell."

4. The oops-let-me-get-that-for-you method: So the relatives stop by to meet your little sweetie for the first time. He coos, he smiles, he belches, he spits up all over Uncle Joe’s shoulder. No worries: People understand it’s one of those things that babies do. Simply grab a wipe or washcloth and dab the mess. Humor helps. Laugh and say something like, "Oh, that’s just his way of showing affection," or "He’s prepping for his college years."

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 14reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 Great! I'm going to try the lemon juice on my couch cushion! There is a huge spit up stain on it! December 19, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by FINALLY LEARNT HOW TO REMOVE STAINS LOL THANKS TO THIS POST November 26, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Resolve stain remover works great too. The only problem is you have to get it on the fabric right away and then wash it right away to work properly. If you're out an about this won't help very much. The wipes method is the best for when you're out and about. May 10, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by wow my son continuously spits up and throws up on my mothers fabric couches and she freaks out when it stains...ive tried wipes but the fabric is more absorbable ..ill try the baking soda next time and not to scrub but dab. July 11, 2013
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