Being a new parent not only comes with a precious, fragile new life, it also comes with piles and piles of cute little items of clothing that are just waiting to be washed.
Choosing the best detergent for your baby’s clothes can be somewhat of a nightmare as you could feel unsure about what works well with your baby’s delicate and sensitive skin.
There are detergents on the market that may cause irritation to your baby’s skin, which is why it’s best to find one that is strong enough to do the job, yet gentle enough to offer your baby comfort.
Wondering whether it’s safe to use certain washing powders, bleaches and fabric softener products on your little one’s clothes may give you sleepless nights where you stress that your precious bundle may break out in a painful rash, all because you made a mistake with your chosen products. You may feel the need to buy baby-safe detergents, but health experts will tell you to relax and take a deep breath. The majority of available washing products are safe to use on your little one’s clothes when used sparingly.
Tips for Washing Baby’s Clothes
- All of your baby’s clothes should be washed in a delicate solution of detergent and fabric softener before he or she arrives. This will ensure that all of the germs and residue from the shop are removed, leaving them clean, fresh and ready for your baby to wear. You can place your little one’s clothes in a mesh bag, and then into the machine. This will help to protect them from getting tangled and damaged in the machine.
- Babies can go through a mountain of clothes in one day. Keeping up with all of the laundry may give you a headache. To avoid this hassle, you may choose to buy a large amount of clothes to ensure that you always have an outfit on hand in the event of a spill or stain, or you may buy fewer clothes and wash them regularly.
- You may choose to buy baby-safe detergents for baby’s clothes, but that is not necessary. You can continue to use the same washing powder, bleach and softener that you use on the rest of the family’s clothing and linen. Just be sure to read through the little labels with the garment care instructions to see if you’re allowed to use bleach on the items. You can do a test run with the detergents by washing one or two items of your baby’s clothes and let them wear it. If your little one’s skin doesn’t have an allergic reaction then the detergent is safe to use. The use of a liquid detergent is best for clothes as it is easier to rinse out compared to powdered detergent.
- When treating your baby’s stained clothes, its best to wash them while the stain is still fresh. Soak his or her clothes in a gentle stain remover, or in a product that contains enzymes. When attempting to remove fruit stains, proteins or urine, use a pre-wash stain remover and soak in cold water before adding it to the washing pile.
- As a new mom, there will be no hiding from the clothes that are stained with faecal matter. The best way in which to tackle this obstacle is to make a paste of washing powder and water, and apply it onto the stain. Let it rest for half an hour, then wash it and rinse. You can repeat this process as many times as you need to until the stain is removed.
Keeping your little one’s clothes looking good and smelling fresh and clean can be a daunting task. To finish off the laundry process, use a delicately scented baby-safe fabric softener for your baby’s clothes and linen.