How To Get Milk Stains Out Of Bibs (5 Practical Steps)

Anywhere a baby is stains follow and sometimes these stains can be massive. Are you wondering how to get milk stains out of bibs?

As you may know, a bib is a must-have in your baby’s nursery, and it does not matter what stage of feeding your baby is.

Whether weaning or letting your child feed himself, you will probably find yourself constantly washing bibs.

Due to all the wear they receive – not to mention the countless amounts of milk that are spilled on them – keeping them clean is a challenge. This article discusses how to get milk stains out of bibs. Read on

How To Get Milk Stains Out Of Bibs

What You’ll Need

  • Bucket or kitchen sink
  • Warm water
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Bristled brush or toothbrush 


  • Firstly, take the soiled bib and rinse off under cool water. 
  • Next, get a bucket and place the soiled bib in warm water (not too hot though). 
  • Pour a 1/4 cup of Oxiclean (a commercial brand stain remover) into the water and stir around in the bucket. Let soak for at least 45-60mins. 
  • Use the toothbrush to remove any heavy stains (if any) after it has soaked. 
  • Finally, launder as usual in the washing machine. 

Soak again in a mixture of water and vinegar if the stain refuses to go. Then rewash the bib for a final time.

Another effective stain remover and whitener product that I found helpful in dealing with stains on bibs or baby clothes is Napisan Non-Biological Stain Remover(3-pack)

This product works by releasing active oxygen to remove stains and kills germs that are too microscopic for human eyes. 

Since you’re dealing with baby items, I recommend you go for mild stain remover, such as Napisan, a non-biological stain remover that whitens and disinfects fabrics. 

A regular wash at 30C or 40C should be enough to clean a fabric bib. If it’s filthy, a wash at 60C might be better. 

However, check the care instructions carefully, as some bibs, particularly those with waterproof backing) require a lower temperature.

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It’s best to use a mild laundry detergent to reduce the risk of irritating your baby’s sensitive skin.

Pro Tip: 

HE washers use less water, preventing stains from washing out. Throwing in a soaking wet bib helps remove set-in stains, but using the “add water” feature to your wash will also help. 

Also, when you soak the fabric for over an hour, it helps eliminate various kinds of stains, if not all. 

Do not wash or rinse stained fabric baby bibs in hot water because it can cause stains to set permanently and cause the fabric to shrink or expand.

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How To Get Stain Out Of Plastic or Silicone Bibs

Bibs made of plastic or silicone are easier to clean than fabric bibs. Since you don’t need to factor in drying time, you may be able to buy just one or two.

Once your baby is done eating, take off the bib, shake any leftover food from the scoop into the trash can, and then clean.

If the bib is not too soiled, you can give it a quick clean with a baby wipe. If it needs a proper wash, you can use regular washing-up liquid, air dry, or use a towel.

It’s also possible to wash some bibs on the top rack of the dishwasher, but check the manufacturer’s instructions first.

How To Get Stain Out Of Fabric Bibs

Unlike plastic bibs, you should adequately wash fabric bibs after use rather than wipe them clean, but the washing machine can handle them just fine.

If the bib is completely soiled, it’s highly recommended you soak it before washing to help get rid of the worst grub.

To avoid snagging on other clothes, do up your bibs with Velcro around the neck before washing them, or place them inside a mesh laundry bag.

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Wash cotton bibs with similar colors; white bibs will look dirty if washed with dark clothes.

Fabric bibs can usually be line-dried, tumble-dried, or radiator-dried, but double-check the washing instructions.

I prefer hanging them outside on the washing line on a sunny day to eliminate stains. UV sunlight is surprisingly effective in bleaching out stains.

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How Do You Remove Mold, Mildew, and Stains out of Bibs?

Firstly rinse the bib in cool water, create a solution using 50% water and 50% rubbing alcohol, and then soak for about 15 minutes. Soak again in a mixture of water and vinegar if it’s still there. If the stain disappears, wash as usual.

Then rewash the bib for a final time.

How Do You Clean Smelly Bibs?

Eliminating the smell out of bibs is not an easy task, especially from milk. Soaking in diluted bleach or sterilizing solution (I recommend you try Milton – here on Amazon) can help eliminate the smell.

Can Baby Bibs Be Washed?

Washing or rinsing stained fabric baby bibs in hot water can cause stains to set permanently and cause the fabric to shrink or expand. For the best results, always wash fabric bibs in cold water.

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Wind Up

I hope this article has given you in-depth knowledge on how to get milk stains out of bibs. Let us know if have successfully removed breast milk stains or any kind of stain from your clothes before.

Or if you know any other tips that have worked out for you in the past that we haven’t mentioned in this article, do share with us.

Furthermore, still on stains, you can read all about some home tips to try on all kinds of stains on baby clothes (from blood, ketchup, and formula stains).