Looking after a baby involves a lot of chores, including the regular cleaning of the house! After all, it’s about adapting what we do to make it safe for the sensitive little ones. So, how do you care for tiny baby clothes and associated items like baby blankets and bedding? In this article we cover the basics to make sure your baby is always kept in clean, fresh laundry.
How to wash baby clothes in a washing machine
Busy parents will be pleased to hear that most baby clothes can go in the washing machine. And happily, washing baby clothes in washing machines is usually as simple as doing the same for adult items. Simply pop them in, decide on settings, add your detergent and fabric conditioner, and away you go! If any items have detailing that might be damaged by a machine, try putting them in a mesh bag, as this can often provide effective protection.
Should baby clothes be washed separately?
When washing baby clothes in washing machines, it’s best to stick to baby items only, as adult clothing and other heavier items like towels can cause damage to smaller, delicate pieces.
How to hand-wash baby clothes
Hand-washing baby clothes is sometimes necessary. This tends to be for anything that might be particularly vulnerable to a full-on machine-wash – think heirloom baby blankets or particularly precious fabrics. For example, if a kind relative has hand-knitted your baby a woollen cardigan or hat, it’s generally worth hand-washing these. Do so in warm water with your regular detergent or one specifically designed for the fabrics you’re washing, and follow the instructions on the label.
What detergent to use for baby clothes
The best way to wash baby clothes, whether second-hand or new, is with detergents that are appropriate for sensitive baby skin. This generally means non-bio and hypoallergenic products, such as Persil Non-Bio, which are kind to skin. Good to know: all Persil’s research has been certified by the British Skin Foundation and has been given their seal of approval!
Using fabric softener on baby clothes
Now that you know what detergent to use for baby clothes, should you be using fabric softener on baby clothes too? Generally, yes, fabric softeners are a great way to ensure baby clothes and bedding are soft and gentle on infant skin. Just as when choosing a detergent, it’s important to use a softener that will be gentle on fabrics and skin. Why not try Comfort Pure for a mild yet effective wash?
Those are our top tips on how to wash baby clothes in a washing machine or by hand. Remember, most of the principles are the same as doing laundry for adult items. Just be sure to choose a gentle detergent and fabric softener that will keep newborn skin protected and get your clothes clean and fresh!
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