A newborn baby has very sensitive skin and their clothes should be washed with special care. A newborn baby is also a clothes-dirtying machine. All those cute clothes will get spit up, drool, or poop on them. Learn how to cope with the demanding and unending laundry challenge that is baby clothes.
What Kind of Detergent to Use?
Don’t use too harsh of a detergent. This could make your child break out in a rash or feel uncomfortable. Your baby’s clothing should be washed with something gentle, preferably with no dyes or fragrances.
There are lots of options out there for gentle or baby detergents. Many people choose a special baby detergent and wash their baby’s clothes separately from their own. First, if it’s not safe for your baby, why is it okay for you? Even if you’re not concerned about using regular detergent on your own clothes, consider this: if you are using a harsher detergent that you consider unsafe for your baby, they are still coming into contact with it. Aren’t you cuddling, holding, and cradling your baby up against you and your shirt? Your detergent affects your baby, so whichever detergent you decide upon, consider having the whole household make the switch.
How to Remove Urine or Poop Stains
Always try to get to the stain as fast as possible. This will prevent the stain from setting in and making it more difficult to remove.
Soak the stain in cold water first. This will loosen the stain before cleaning and make it easier to remove. After soaking, scrub the stain with a toothbrush and soapy water before washing with a very mild baby soap in the washing machine.
How to Remove Food Stains
First soak the stain in cool water a few minutes. Then scrub the stain with a toothbrush and a solution made from 1 part rubbing alcohol and one part water. Then launder as usual.
How to Remove Spit Up
Again, a cold water soak for a few minutes. Scrub with a toothbrush and soapy water to remove the spit up. Then launder as usual.
Clean and Cozy Baby Clothes
A lot of time goes into picking out cute clothes for children. We want babies to look presentable, but stains happen whether we like it or not. Use these tips to keep your baby clothes clean, stain-free, and safe.
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