Once your baby arrives, your daily laundry doubles too. While it is okay to wash baby’s clothes with the family’s, do pay extra attention if your newborn develops skin rashes or itchiness. If your child has a sensitive skin, eczema or allergies, you may want to consider using gentler laundry detergents that are formulated with less harsh chemicals for children’s clothes.
If your baby is using cloth diapers, you will need to separate them from your regular laundry as strong detergents can cause diaper rash and decrease the efficacy of the diapers.
Here are some tips and guidance to cleaning baby’s clothes:
- All of your baby’s clothes – whether new or preloved – should be washed before you use them. Newborns usually have sensitive skin, and washing them removes residues and other irritants.
- If you decide to try regular detergent for your baby’s clothes, choose a liquid type as they tend to rinse out more thoroughly – especially if you have “hard” water. Laundry powders have a tendency to leave residues on fabric that can irritate you baby’s skin.
- If you’re not sure whether your baby’s skin will react to regular detergent, do a test by laundering one or two batches of baby’s clothes along with the rest of your family’s wash. If your baby’s skin seems fine after she wears those clothing, go ahead and toss in all her clothes. If not, switch to a mild baby detergent and double rinse the load.
- Make sure to read and follow the garment’s care label instructions before washing. As children’s sleepwear are usually flame-resistant, be sure to avoid bleach on them as it might ruin treated fabrics.
- To remove stains from formula, breastmilk, spit-ups, food and diaper disasters, soak clothes in cool water with a detergent containing enzymes. If that doesn’t work, use an all-purpose stain remover and wash as usual.
- If you are cloth-diapering, be sure to choose a mild, non-biological baby detergent that comes with no enzymes, fabric softener, brightener, fragrance and dye to maintain efficacy and absorbency.
- Use hot water and be sure to double rinse each load of your cloth diapers.
Let’s find out the variety of laundry detergents available in Happikiddo:
Baby Organix Kids Wear Liquid Cleanser 1 litre
Specially formulated for stains on kids’ clothes, this eco-friendly biodegradable cleanser is free of phosphate, dye and artificial fragrance, is hypo-allergenic, and rinses thoroughly.
Seventh Generation Baby Natural 4x Laundry Detergent
Gentle and environment-friendly, it relies on the power of enzymes to clean what baby leaves behind. It does not contain optical brighteners and is suitable for all baby laundry needs, including cloth diapers.
Seventh Generation Natural 4x Laundry Detergent 1.47 litre
Super concentrated in which a little goes a long way and a bottle can wash up to 66 loads. It’s free of iffy stuff and great for removing the most stubborn stains. Hypo-allergenic and non-toxic, it’s made without dyes, synthetic fragrances and optical brighteners.
Baby Organix O’Clean Laundry Powder 1kg
This laundry powder is formulated with zero nasty ingredients that can irritate your child’s skin. It is effective in removing stains yet safer for the environment.
Pureen ABD Anti-Bacterial Detergent 1kg
Biodegradable and super concentrated, it features powerful oxidizing action that kills harmful germs effectively and removes stains as well as dirt. It contains non-chlorine bleach and a refreshing fragrance.
GroVia Tiny Bubbles Laundry Detergent 1.7kg
Formulated with cloth diapers in mind, it’s also great for daily use. Free of dye, phosphate, fragrance and optical brightener, it’s completely biodegradable and gentle for sensitive skin. A box serves 60 loads.
Available at Happikiddo stores or shop online here.