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post #21 of 36
Even if you're going to give away what you don't want, please wash everything int he oxyclean/vinegar solution that was recommended. It's such a help to the folks that have to sort through things when they have been freshly laundered.
post #22 of 36
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You ladies are right. To be honest, it's really only the 0-6 month stuff that's got really bad stains, and even that would be fine for sick days or inside days where they're to get spit up on anyway.
Anything bigger than that is definitely "play clothes" worthy, I simply don't have the room to store it all. SIL reacted with a "don't you DARE give that back to me," (she lives in a very small house, smaller than ours) so I'll give what I can't keep to Goodwill after washing.

I checked up on women's shelters and crisis clinics in the area, but they all specifically do not accept any clothing. I'm sure they'd be overrun by it.

Thanks everyone!
post #23 of 36
Thanks for the update. Just keep what you can store in this case.

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Originally Posted by CalaRei View Post
I checked up on women's shelters and crisis clinics in the area, but they all specifically do not accept any clothing. I'm sure they'd be overrun by it.
Have you tried freecycle? I see babyclothes coming and going on our local list all the time.
post #24 of 36
My husband and I have been very generously given a TON of hand-me-down clothes for our first, due in October. It's been wonderful, because we don't have a lot of money and have gotten so many clothes that we're not really going to have to buy much at all. I kind of freaked out about the stained stuff, too - I'm in MAJOR nesting mode and found myself thinking that I was NEVER going to put my new, clean, baby in something with gakky yellow stains all over it... I still feel that way, but what I did was put all the things I deemed "too nasty" in a big bag and set them aside. I'm going to try and get the stains out, but I figured that my squeamishness about this is something that will fade in time. I mean, I fully expect that once the hormones fade and I get (inevitably) jaded, that I won't care nearly so much!!! Maybe the OP could try that? I totally agree about not tossing them in the trash, though... Try Freecycling them or donating to a pregnancy crisis center or something... There ARE people out there who desperately need them.
post #25 of 36
We had some shirts with small stains as well. I took the time, to either paint over them with a textile marker or I stitched something over it. Now they are cuter than before
post #26 of 36
I'd probably save them for a rainy day.
post #27 of 36
This is our first baby and unless it has been on major clearance, all of the baby clothes we've bought have been at consignment stores. Granted, DH is really picky about the stains but we've found, esp in the 0-6 mos range, that the clothes must've been rarely, if ever worn, because they are nearly new. Some of the sleep sacs I've bought are more worn, but as they are strictly for home use, to sleep in, I don't really care.

I'm sure Goodwill or Salvation Army will be glad to take the donation of whatever you don't want!

-Katrina due 11/7 w/ Gabriel Lucas
post #28 of 36
I have a few questions about the OxyClean solution for getting the stains out:

Is liquid OxyClean okay, or does it need to be the powdered stuff? And I know there are specific OxyClean Baby products...does that stuff just smell different, or is the formula gentler?

Thanks!
post #29 of 36
I've gotten loads of hand me downs from my sister and have even purchased some at yard sales and the like. I see nothing wrong with tossing whatever came your way that you dont think is to your standards. I've tossed (actually donated) things that I didn't thing were "in style" enough. If it were stained then I just toss it.

Because it's my sister I don't feel bad about it either.
post #30 of 36
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Originally Posted by Lily's_Mom View Post
I have a few questions about the OxyClean solution for getting the stains out:

Is liquid OxyClean okay, or does it need to be the powdered stuff? And I know there are specific OxyClean Baby products...does that stuff just smell different, or is the formula gentler?

Thanks!
I've only ever used the powder because I didn't know you could get liquid. I don't know about the baby formula, I just rewash it all with a gentle detergent after soaking to be on the safe side.

I've been given loads of secondhand stuff and I have a small pile of lightly stained items that I plan to dye as they're in otherwise good condition. I'm thinking hot pink or purple dungarees and vests will look fab. Shame I'm not more creative or I could tie dye.
post #31 of 36
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Originally Posted by belltree View Post
We had some shirts with small stains as well. I took the time, to either paint over them with a textile marker or I stitched something over it. Now they are cuter than before
I've been known to tie-dye stained hand-me-downs. I like them much better after they are nice and colorful anyway!
post #32 of 36
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Originally Posted by tessie View Post
I've only ever used the powder because I didn't know you could get liquid. I don't know about the baby formula, I just rewash it all with a gentle detergent after soaking to be on the safe side.
I think I will get some of the powder. Dh likes using the liquid oxyclean on his stuff, and the fragrance is quite strong.

I've also got some of those magically-appearing spit-up stains on a lot of dd's baby clothes that were stored away clean over 3 years ago and come out now with yellow spots on them!
post #33 of 36
So call me a moron, but what is oxyclean exactly? Is it an enzyme? Is it toxic or biodegradable?
post #34 of 36
I get clothes from my sister too and when they are stained a lot, I just don't like them...but...I do have the option of donating them to a place that recycles textiles no matter what condition they are in. So if they are too stained, maybe you could find something like that instead of throwing them in the garbage.

Also, I thought none of my little baby clothes had stains? I kept a special box of them from 4 years ago and I opened it a couple days ago and saw some magically appearing stains!
I'll try that oxyclean. I hope they come off because I really obnly kept my very favorite ones.

Deb
post #35 of 36
Sometimes age brings out stains deep in the fibers that weren't noticed before. These stained items are great for things to wear when doing a messy activity. It's not snotty at all to want a child in clean clothes when going out and about. The only snotty thing would be to have an unwillingness to put a child in something stained when finger-painting or something. You can try washing and sun-bleaching these items otherwise, or even dying them another color.

Rather than trash, always either donate to a charity (they can always find a use for them, even if they end up being used as rags), or offer them for free as playclothes on CraigsList or Freecycle (look on freecycle.org for the group nearest you, and people who want it will pick it up from you).
post #36 of 36
I just have to say I love love love Oxiclean. I don't know how I did 2 years without it. Lily's Mom - the liquid stuff doesn't work as well as the powdered stuff. You can buy a big box of Oxiclean at Costco for I think around $12 (cad). I also saw it at London Drug's but I think it was $15 there.
I thought for sure some clothes the girls had were ruined with stains. I soaked them in Oxiclean and 99% of them came out clean.
I just went through all my 0-12 month stuff to hand down to whoever needs them, and I was surprised by how many of them had stains on them. I was so sure I didn't put stained clothes away. I guess stains really do seem to appear over time. So I oxicleaned them and they all came out clean.
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