Tips For Washing Baby Clothes and Removing Stains

It's no secret that babies produce a lot of washing, which means many more loads of laundry than you're used to. And, of course, washing your own clothes is different than washing newborn baby clothes.

To remove stubborn stains from baby clothes, try using some of the following tips and tricks. By keeping your baby clean, happy, and healthy, you can enjoy peace of mind.

Before washing
Like our own clothes, before washing your baby girl clothes or baby boy clothes, we recommended reading and following the care instructions. All clothes sold in Australia should have care instructions. A boring but important fact, all garments sold in Australia must meet mandatory labelling requirements, which is to have care instructions!

Should I Pre-Wash Newborn Clothes?
It is always a good idea to wash baby clothes before they are worn. This applies to newborn baby clothing, infant clothing, and even toddler clothing. Babies have sensitive skin that could be irritated by different detergents, dust, dirt, or other chemicals. Washing newborn clothes can also make the outfit more comfortable and less stiff.

Depending on the material, washing newborn clothes can also make the outfit softer to wear. This is a well-known fact for muslin wraps. The more you wash the softer they become.

How to Wash Baby Clothes
When washing baby clothes, it's a little bit of trial and error. You can use your normal laundry detergent unless you suspect your baby has sensitive skin or an allergic reaction to any detergents.

If you have an explosive poo to wash off, we'd probably recommend NOT washing baby clothes with your washing. It is also a good idea to pre-rinse or soak before popping the poop clothes in the washing machine.

There are laundry detergents that are made for sensitive baby skin in your local supermarket, but there are some that are no different from traditional detergents, and you may need to use specific baby detergents to avoid unnecessary chemicals.

Also, avoid using chlorine bleach or fabric softener when you're washing baby clothes as these can be harsh on the fabric and a baby's skin.

What Temperature to Wash Baby Clothes
Again, we emphasis that all baby clothes should have a care label or washing instructions or washing symbols somewhere on the garment. This is a standard labelling requirement by the Australian Government. Usually, it's best to follow those instructions. Good quality clothes are 100% cotton, In the event that there are no instructions, use a cold to warm water temperature wash and low heat tumble dry.

Use low to medium heat when drying clothes to avoid shrinking, especially with cotton fabrics. Be careful with sequins, lace, and other delicate fabrics–wash by hand or on a gentle cycle before hanging or laying them out to air dry.

How to Remove Stains From Baby Clothes
Baby clothing is going to get dirty. From baby milky spews, food and poo, there will be no shortage of stains you have to deal with as a parent. But luckily there are a few tricks to getting out tough stains on baby clothing.

First, buy yourself a soaking bucket.... An easy option (refer to above about pre-rinsing poo-nami's) for sleep-deprived Mum's is to soak stained clothes warm water and a small amount of laundry detergent before washing.

Second, always pretreat the stain. This prevents the stain from setting in and increases your chances of getting it out entirely. Typically, a spray-on treatment works well for even the toughest stains. Be sure to check the ingredients first if you suspect your little one has any allergies or extra-sensitive skin.

A little trick mothers and fathers have been using for years is Sunlight Soap. Simply rub a bit of of this magic soap into the stain or shave a touch off and let it soak in a bucket.

How to Hand Wash Baby Clothes
There may be some baby clothing that suggests you hand wash the item. It's up to you whether you want to follow that advice, but hand washing baby clothes can be tedious.

To make it easier, fill a small tub with room temperature water and add a little bit of detergent. Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse it thoroughly. Then, hang it up to dry.

What Are the Major Tips for Cleaning Baby Clothes?
Hopefully, you've learned a lot so far about the basics of cleaning baby clothes. As you become more experienced, you'll learn the detergent and stain-removal products and techniques that work for you and your baby.

Another major tip is to have plenty of back up clothing. Babies may go through 3 or 4 or even 5 outfits each day.

If you notice a rash on your baby's skin, consider changing your detergent or check your current detergent ingredients for potential allergens. Talk to your child's doctor if you are concerned about the rash.

And the biggest tip for cleaning baby clothes - don't overthink it! You've got plenty of things to worry about and laundry isn't always the highest priority. As one mother once said... "The one thing thing that will always be there for you is Laundry. Laundry will ALWAYS be there for you!"

Washing Baby Clothes Like a Pro
You have all the information you need to safely and effectively wash your baby's clothes. If you use the tips above you should have no issues washing baby clothes on a regular basis.

You got this!

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This article was written by Bespoke Baby

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