Baby skins are delicate and sensitive. Therefore, every baby cleansing product is different than that of adults. When baby cleansers and cosmetics need to understand their skins’ delicacy, washing their clothes also requires extra attention. Washing baby clothes accurately ensures your tot’s skin comfort. Otherwise, they may get rashes, baby bumps, and other skin allergies. So, this article is to make you informed about every detail of washing baby clothes. We hope maintaining the following will assist you towards a perfect wash.
Is it Necessary to Wash Clothes Before Use?
Yes, it is essential. Often parents don’t get the necessity of cleaning the clothes when they purchase them from a branded or trusted store. Either it is a second-hand product or a new purchase, textiles can never be unsullied. The warehouses where materials stay for long may also contain numerous germs, beetles, and other impurities. And, to keep fabrics looking fresh and modish, the use of formaldehyde is nothing new.
These chemicals, insects, or grimes are injurious for a baby’s sensitive skin. Thus, to keep your infant protected from impurities, it’s safe to wash before. It helps to avoid any irritation or allergy on the skin.
When you are in the last stage of pregnancy, it is wise to buy some clothes, blankets & towels and wash them before delivery. So, after the delivery, you don’t have to take the stress about your infant’s clothes.
Some Preparation Before Wash:
Firstly, you have to buy a suitable detergent before proceeding. Maximum health specialists say that it’s unnecessary to buy a baby detergent unless your baby has allergies. But we urge you to remain safe. It will not cost much, but your baby will stay secure.
We will recommend using liquid detergent rather than powders because the liquid can rinse out more than powders.
There are many baby detergents available in the market, and you can use dreft’s stage 1 for your newborn baby and dreft’s stage 2 for your toddlers. Dreft is tough on blemishes and soothing on babies’ delicate skin and a pediatrician-recommended product.
Secondly, always read the care label first. The manufacturer always knows the better procedure of using their products than us. Do read the care label if you don’t want to miss any detail about the cleaning process.
Washing Procedure of Baby Clothes by Hand:
The washing procedure for baby clothes is not much different from yours. Use detergent in warm or cold water as per label. You can add a little amount of Dettol in water to get rid of germs.
If you are confused about the temperature, we advise to use a 30-degree temperature; it’s suitable for most of the fabric.
Gently sink the clothes into the detergent mixed water and then keep for some time. Then take them out and rinse the clothes twice with clean water. Make sure the thorough cleaning.
That’s the procedure of hand wash, but we prefer to machine wash rather than hand. Always try to buy machine-washable clothes, as you have to clean countless garments.
How to Clean Baby Clothes in a Washing Machine:
The procedure is nothing different, but don’t use any extra chemical infused items like conditioner or softener. Using fabric softeners may create irritation on infants’ skin. So it’s better to avoid chemical except for baby detergent.
How to Remove Stains:
There can be various types of blemishes in baby clothes, some are from urine, some from milk, and some are from oil. Therefore, every cleaning procedure varies from one to another.
Stains from proteins like milk, formula: Try to wipe or rinse thoroughly with normal water. Then keep the blemishes in cool water containing enzymes. If it doesn’t work, try to clean with stain remover and rinse thoroughly with normal water. Make sure that there will be no pigment from stain remover or enzyme.
Stains from urine: First, try to wipe or rinse thoroughly with normal water, then treat the stained area with ammonia. It may affect Colorfastness, so try on a small portion first. If there is no problem, then use ammonia to remove urine stains. After treating with ammonia, if the blot doesn’t remove entirely, use a stain remover. Then rinse with normal water several times, make sure that there is no ammonia in clothes.
Oil stain: Treat with stain remover and rinse with hot water, don’t forget to see the care label instruction before using hot water.
Spots from fruits or vegetables: Firstly, rinse the stain with cool water. Then make a solution of 1:1 with alcohol & water and wash the stain with it. After that, if the spot is still there, use stain remover and wash the marks with a mixture of vinegar and water. Don’t forget to wash the garments with normal water.
Washing Instruction for Cloth Diapers:
The techniques and procedures of washing cloth diapers are slightly different.
Always try to clean dirty diapers immediately with a spray of water in the toilet. Then you can store diapers in a large bucket. It will be easier for you to wash all diapers after two or three days (all together). Rinse with hot water; don’t use any softener or fragrance. It may cause allergies.
How to Dry Baby Clothes?
Expert says that fabric shrinks more in the tumble dry. But you don’t have an option during the winter or rainy season except for tumble dry. Be careful if you are tumble drying babies clothes with metal snaps/zips etc., they get too hot.
Some Tips Regarding Buying Baby Clothes:
• Always try to buy machine-washable clothes. You have to wash a lot of clothes till your baby is two years old. Don’t stress yourself too much in washing clothes for which you won’t be able to give the time your baby or your body requires.
• Always try to buy cotton clothes, choose the soft ones. It’s not sensible to use a softener during the wash.
• Try to avoid wool or acrylic fabric; it may irritate your baby’s skin.