How to Get Breastfeeding Poop out of Carpet (and other things)

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How to Get Breastfeeding Poop out of Carpet

How to Get Breastfeeding Poop out of Carpet (and other things)

Parenthood is full of unexpected surprises and for me, one of the most traumatizing experiences came at time when I didn’t have my little one fully diapered. I mean, who knew a tiny little child could literally project poop all the way across a room?!  I mean, seriously…why didn’t the baby books warn me about that?!

The first time it happened, I was in front of my son at the changing table, I saw him begin to poop and I instinctively swerved my body out of the way. It was like a Jedi ninja move and for a moment, I was so proud that I instinctively moved my body out of the way, but then a second later, I realized that the poop that’d missed me had been sprayed all over our carpet. The next time it happened, I just stood still and in a moment of despair I let it splatter all over my shirt.   Sigh.

At that point, I learned two very important things, always keep your infant’s bum covered during a changing session and secondly, I needed something to successfully get the poop and smell out of our carpeting. Usually, I’d be embarrassed to write about this sort of thing but I’ve learned I’m not alone in this tragic experience, so… here are a few homemade recipes for cleaning poop out of carpet, onesies, and anything else that may become soiled as your little one grows! File this away, trust me, it’s a keeper!

Option #1: A simple solution

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Baking soda mix

Application Directions:

  1. Absorb whatever liquid you can by blotting the stain.
  2. Put a generous handful of baking soda on the stained area, a small mound if you will. Next place hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and spritz it onto the powder covering the stain.
  3. Work the mix into the carpet using a scrub brush, dishcloth or your hands (if you’re wearing gloves). This will penetrate the stain.
  4. Make sure the area is well ventilated and wait for the solution to dry over the course of an hour or two. Once the baking soda has dried, it will clump up and can be vacuumed.

Option #2: DIY Homemade Cleaner

  • Blue Dawn (teaspoon)
  • Hydrogen peroxide (1/3 cup)
  • Vinegar (1/3 cup)
  • Baking Soda (teaspoon)
  • Water (1/3 cup)

Application Directions:

  1. Once again, absorb any liquid by blotting the area first.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda on the stained area.
  3. Mix the peroxide, Vinegar, Dawn, and Water solution in a spray bottle, spritz the stain.
  4. Vinegar is great at removing odors and will also remove the soapy residue in this solution, which attracts the dirt particles.
  5. Once again, let this solution dry for a few hours and then vacuum it up!
  6. This tried & true recipe is mommy-approved and was received from Chicagoland Mommy!

 An important note: Never use Hydrogen Peroxide which is more concentrated than 3% and test this process out on a small section first to ensure it doesn’t discolor the material.

Do you have any other stain removing suggestions? If so, let us know!


Written by Melissa LaHann, Founder and CEO of Happy Fig, LLC

Like many moms before her, Melissa cradled her hungry, crying baby as she clumsily adjusted her bra and sat uncomfortably holding up her shirt. Before she knew it, her baby was squirming, her shirt was falling, and the nursing session was interrupted. She needed a better solution, so she created LatchPal, the first nursing clip of its kind.

LatchPal is a breastfeeding shirt clip that holds up a mother’s shirt during breastfeeding. It eliminates shirt re-positioning and feeding disruptions, and helps a mom nurse hands-free in comfort to maximize milk flow. LatchPal was designed with moms in mind. The multi-use solution only requires one hand to latch. It’s a must-have breastfeeding accessory and essential for post-partum moms, pumping moms, and nursing in public.

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