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Best way to wash baby clothes

Get answers to all your questions about washing baby clothes in our ultimate guide.


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Key steps

Use these tips for washing baby clothes to feel on top of your little one’s laundry pile:

  1. Check the care label and use appropriate cleaning methods.

  2. Wash baby clothes before use and when they’re dirty.

  3. Treat stains immediately.

  4. Use gentle washing detergents and fabric conditioners. OMO Sensitive and Comfort Baby are a good partnership!

The care labels on your little one’s garments will answer many of your questions about the best way to wash baby clothes. Learn the symbols and you’ll make your laundry life easier!

Understandably, new parents have lots of questions about how to wash baby clothes: how often, what temperature, what detergent? If you’re looking for the best way to wash baby clothes, you’ve come to the right place! Read on for our top tips for washing baby clothes.

Safety Warning

Always follows the detergent's instructions and test stain removers on a small area first.

Washing baby clothes before first use

Washing baby clothes begins before your precious little bundle has even worn them! That’s because clothes can pick up dirt, dust and irritants on their journey from factory to warehouse to shop to home. Now let’s move onto how to wash baby clothes before use.

Washing baby clothes in washing machine

Unless the states that the garment is dry clean or hand wash only, you can pop it in your washing machine. It will make life much easier, which is what all new parents need!

Select a gentle spin cycle, or even the ‘hand-wash’ setting on your machine, to protect any particularly delicate items. Follow other standard machine-washing rules, like separating whites from colours, removing them from the drum as soon as the cycle’s done, and not overloading your machine. You may also want to use a laundry bag to provide added protection to small or delicate items.

How to wash baby clothes with stains

Before washing baby clothes in washing machine, help your machine and detergent do their job by treating major stains. If stains soak into the fibres, they might stick permanently so it’s important to act quickly.

  1. Wipe away as much of the stain as you can.

  2. Pre-treat the stain with a dab of neat detergent or soak the stain in water first. 

  3. Wash as normal in your washing machine.

  4. Repeat steps 2-3 as necessary. Don’t let the item dry until the stain is fully removed or you’ll have a tougher job getting it out

What temperature to wash baby clothes

When it comes to what temperature to wash baby clothes, you might not always want to go as high as the care label allows.

A quality detergent will often get your baby’s clothes clean at lower temperatures, like 30C. It will be kinder to the clothes, the environment, and your energy bill.

The exceptions are when your little one’s clothes are very dirty or if your baby’s been ill. Then you might need to use the highest temperature advised to get rid of all the grime and germs.

Washing powder for baby clothes

Newborns have delicate skin, so you’ll want to use a mild detergent on their clothes. Pick one that’s dermatologically tested, like OMO Sensitive. You want the perfect balance of being tough on stains yet soft on the skin.

If the care label on the clothes doesn’t advise against using fabric conditioner, then this is a great addition to washing powder for baby clothes. Not only will it help keep fibres soft and smooth, but it will also save on drying time, as clothes will hold less water during washing. Again, you’ll want to use a gentle product, like Comfort Baby

How often to wash baby clothes

As well as washing baby clothes before first use, you’ll want to wash them whenever they get dirty. You might choose to freshen up baby clothes after each wear, even if there are no visible marks on them.

Now you know the best way to wash baby clothes you can feel confident that you’re protecting your baby’s clothes – and their precious skin – so you can both focus on the important task of having fun and bonding with your new arrival.

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