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Helpful Tips to Wash Your Baby’s Woollen Clothes and Keep them Soft

If you’re wondering how to wash sweaters, socks, caps and other baby clothes made of wool, here’s your handy guide. You need to be extra careful when washing your baby’s woollen clothes to protect your child’s sensitive skin.

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Helpful Tips to Wash Your Baby’s Woollen Clothes and Keep them Soft

Woollen clothes are an investment. Whether they’re yours or your baby’s, you want to protect and make them last longer.

You probably have questions like: Should I dry clean a woollen sweater? How to wash woollen socks without shrinking it? Can I wash woollen clothes in the washing machine? What’s the best washing powder for wool? Should I use a washing liquid? 

In this article, we’ve compiled a few tips to help answer your doubts. 

1) Wash Less Frequently

Wool is a natural fibre and doesn’t need to be washed frequently. To spot-clean stains on your baby’s woollen clothes, gently blot the stain with a paper towel. Rinse the stained area with plain water and air-dry. 

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2) Soak Before Washing

Before washing your baby’s woollen clothes, soak them in a bucket of cold water. Add 1 tsp. of baking soda to it as this acts as a disinfectant and also keeps the woollens soft.

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3) Check the Care Label 

Always read the care label to check whether to machine-wash or hand-wash your baby’s woollen clothes. Use lukewarm or cold water, a mild detergent and a gentle wash cycle.

4) Select a Mild Detergent

Whether you’re hand-washing or machine-washing your baby’s woollens, always choose a mild detergent.

5) Use Lukewarm or Cold Water

Hot water causes woollen clothes to shrink. Always use lukewarm or cold water to wash your baby’s woollen garments. If you’re machine-washing them, select the wool setting on your washing machine.

6) Separate Colours 

Before washing woollen clothes, always separate the laundry load by colour. Wash dark and light-coloured garments separately to prevent colour bleeding.

7) Drying  

After washing, don’t put your baby’s woollens to dry on hangers. The moisture might weigh them down and ruin their shape. To avoid this, lay a clean towel on a flat surface and place the woollen clothes on it. Wrap the towel by gently pressing to soak the moisture content. Once done, unwrap it. Lay another clean towel on a flat surface and place the woollens on it and allow them to air-dry.

These tips will help you keep your baby’s woollen clothes fresh and soft. It’s never been easier!  

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