Of Baby Laundry
Ah, the sweet smell of a clean baby! You may be tempted to enhance that
clean, fresh smell by running baby diapers and onesies through a final
rinse with fabric softener - but don't! The perfumes in fabric softener
can irritate a baby's sensitive skin, or spark allergies that cause
uncomfortable rashes. With all those adorable babies and teddy bears
on fabric softener packages, who would have guessed?
Here's another handful of tips for taking care of baby's clothes during
the first year, focusing on laundering and stain removal.
Choose a detergent that's free of dyes and perfumes. There are a number
of brands of laundry detergent that are specially formulated for baby's
clothing, including Ivory Snow and Dreft. It's really not necessary
to resort to those, though. You can wash baby's clothes with yours,
as long as you use an allergen free, no-dye, no-fragrance detergent.
Baby's sleepwear especially should be washed in a mild detergent made
without animal fats or other water conditioners. Flame retardant sleepwear
is specially treated to keep children's pajamas from flaring into flame
if ignited by a spark. The flame retardant chemicals can be affected
by fabric softeners and conditioners. Don't use them on baby's sleeping
gowns and stretchies.
Getting Rid of Baby Stains
Formula, baby food and - well - baby poop, are among the worst challenge
for laundry detergents, thanks to their high protein content. To keep
spills from becoming tough stains:
-- Scrape off as much as you can, being careful not to scrub it in instead.
-- Get the stained item into cold water as soon as possible. If you
can get it into the washer right away, let it agitate in cold water
through a cycle - without soap. If you catch the stain before it dries,
it may be enough to keep the stain from setting at all.
-- Do NOT use hot water on formula stains, baby food stains or baby
diaper stains. The heat can set the stain permanently by 'cooking' it
into the fibers of the fabric.
-- If the cold water cycle doesn't do the trick, add another tub full
of cold water and detergent, and let it soak for half an hour. Run it
through, wash in warm water, rinse and repeat. If it's really stubborn
and still there after a soak and two washes, try it one more time -
soak in detergent and cold water for at least half an hour, then wash
in warm water, rinse and repeat.
-- If you use bleach to help get the stain out, make sure that you rinse
well to get out all traces of bleach that can irritate baby's sensitive
Cloth diapers call for special treatment. If you don't have a diaper
service, make sure that you have what you need to deal with the laundering.
The basics are a covered diaper pail, Borax, baking soda, bleach and
First: Fill the diaper pail with warm water and half a cup of Borax.
Rinse diapers out before placing them in the Borax solution to soak.
Second: When you're ready to wash, use laundry detergent, hot water
Third: Wash a second time, using just water to remove bleach and detergent
residue. Add vinegar to the final rinse to help loosen detergent residue
and whiten diapers. You can also add baking soda baking soda to the
final rinse to help soften fabric.
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