Laundry Tips for the Potty Training Family

The following is written by LifeasMOM contributing writer, Prerna:

We are in full potty-training mode at our household. Our daughter has moved to toddler underwear and while we are thrilled about her ditching the diapers, the switch has meant an additional load of laundry to deal with accidental messes and smells.

In true mama spirit, I’d love to share some laundry tips and tricks to help you deal with laundry during toilet-training time.

1. Get the Stains and Smells Out

One of the biggest challenges that we faced were dealing with the poop and pee stains and smells. During the initial days of potty training, accidents were common and getting the stains and smell out were of highest priority. So, here’s what worked for me:

For Stain Removal

First of all, get rid of the solid waste by flushing it into the toilet. Next, swish the soiled underwear in a half-filled bucket of water, rinse, repeat if necessary. Throw away the dirty water. Apply a paste of detergent, oxygen-based stain remover and water, let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes. Use a scrubbing brush to scrub away stains. Toss into washing machine or wash by hand.

Getting Rid of Smells

Soaking the underwear in a vinegar-water solution before washing them by hand worked to not only get rid of the stains but also the smells.

You can also try soaking the stained and soiled underwear in a solution of soda bicarbonate and water and then, washing as usual. I’ve also found sprinkling soda bicarb in shoes that have gotten wet during an accident works well to get rid of pee smell.

2. Laundry Hygiene and Toddler Toilet Training Clothes and Underwear

I wanted to keep her underwear separate from our loads of laundry for two big reasons: One the thought of washing poop and pee-stained underwear with our regular clothes was too icky. Two, washing her toddler underwear with our delicates and undergarments was also, too icky. So, I may be paranoid but I do a separate load of laundry with just her underwear and maybe a mattress cover or two.

3. Have a Toilet Training Laundry Plan

Since moving your toddler to cotton underwear will translate into extra loads of laundry, especially if you haven’t been using cloth diapers before, you want to have a laundry plan in place. You’ll also have to hand wash the clothes that have been soiled due to “accidents” so that they don’t sit around smelling and stain-setting for long. So, hand wash clothes like shorts, socks or skirts that get wet right away and reserve a day for doing your toddler’s underwear.

Since I do several different types of laundry loads, it meant doing her load of underwear on the day I did our delicates and undergarments as well. So, find out what works for you and create a plan. Else, you’ll end up with a stash of dirty toddler underwear before you know it.

Are you a potty training mom?

How do you keep on top of the laundry pile when potty training?

– Prerna Malik is a mom, a wife, a writer and woman who believes in parenting with love, being postively productive, and creating a home that invites you to put your feet up and relax. Find her sharing her simple tips and easy-to-do ideas at The Mom Writes or follow her on Twitter.

For Further Reading:

Potty Training in 10 Days or Less
One Clever Potty Seat
A Travel Potty Seat – Don’t Leave Home without It

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  1. We have one potty learning and one still in diapers. All of the accident clothes go into the diaper pail–easy peasy.

  2. I’m starting to think I may be very, very lazy when it comes to washing toddler undies. Is it weird that I’m not at all skeeved out by washing the pee undies right along with our clothes? I don’t know… maybe? :) Still, I enjoyed reading all these tips!

    • Ha ha, I’m not either. :) Maybe I’m just worn down from cloth diapering. My 5 y/o still has accidents where he dribbles on his clothes and I usually just through them in the laundry after they dry. Poop, on the other hand, would be a different story. Any item with poop would be rinsed and chucked in the diaper pail.

  3. That’s the benefit to having a younger one still in cloth diapers. The toddler’s wet and dirty undies just went straight into the diaper hamper to get the heavy duty treatment with the baby’s diapers!

  4. My tip? Don’t use undies ;). My daughter is diaper-less most of the time so most of what I clean is floors. We have about 5 pairs of underwear and she doesn’t wear bottoms right now, so my laundry has been mostly uneffected. (I do use underwear sometimes, just so she gets used to it. Also, I dont go anywhere in the early stages of potty training so going diaper-less is not offensive :P )

  5. It seems like my kids always have accidents right after the last shred of laundry has been folded and put away. Then there’s nothing else to wash them with. I don’t worry to much about it because there will be a load’s worth by the next day. I just rinse out the soiled clothes and hang them over the edge of the bathtub until there’s a new load of dirty clothes. My husband always has nasty work clothes to wash so I don’t mind throwing potty training laundry in with that.

  6. I plan my laundry so any accidents go straight to the washer in the morning! My little guy even knows to drop his super undies in the washing machine after he’s changed.

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