How to wash baby clothes?

How to wash baby clothes?
How to wash baby clothes?

Many new responsibilities come up on your list when you become a parent. One of the concerns of parents is how to wash baby clothes. It includes a lot of questions, like choosing the right detergent that can help remove stains from the clothes or selecting a proper drying method. In this blog, you will learn how to wash baby clothes by following simple and easy steps.

Firstly, we will answer some common questions, then see a step-by-step guide to washing baby clothes.

Is it necessary to wash baby clothes before using them?

Parents are very careful about the health of their children because babies have sensitive skin. It is a good practice to wash the clothes before using them for the first time. It helps to remove the chemicals that were left during the manufacturing and shipping processes. It is advised to use hypoallergenic detergent to minimize the risk of irritation for the baby. You can also wash your baby’s clothes separately to prevent any potential transfer of adult laundry detergents or other substances.

How to wash baby clothes in a washing machine?

Washing baby clothes in washing machine
Washing baby clothes in washing machine

One of the most convenient ways to wash baby clothes for busy parents is by using a washing machine. You just need to consider some important points before washing your baby’s clothes. There are some clothes that need to be hand washed; therefore, you need to read the label before washing them.

Follow these steps while cleaning and washing clothes in the machine:

  • Use cold or warm water, and select the gentle cycle.
  • Avoid using fabric softeners because they may contain additives that can irritate the sensitive skin of your baby.
  • Rinse thoroughly to remove all detergent residues.
  • Dry baby clothes on low heat in a dryer or air dry to preserve fabric integrity.

What you’ll need to get started

Remember, babies can be sensitive to harsh ingredients. Use a gentle detergent like Swash® Free and Clear, made without perfumes or dyes. You will need a washing machine and a dryer. You can also have a stain remover and a soft-bristled brush on hand.

Step 1: Separate baby clothes from the rest of your laundry

  • Keep baby clothes separate from other clothes because they are more delicate.
  • Make a separate pile just for baby clothes.

Step 2: Check the clothing care labels

  • Check the laundry labels on each item.
  • Follow the instructions for the correct washing cycle and temperature.
  • Sort baby clothes based on fabric type if needed.

Step 3: Pre-treat any stains

  • Treat stains from spit-up, diaper blowouts, or baby food.
  • Use detergent or a stain remover.
  • Gently scrub with a soft brush, like an old toothbrush.
  • Some washing machines (like Whirlpool®) have a Pretreat Station for soaking, scrubbing, and washing in one spot.

Step 4: Prep the baby clothes and place in the washer

  • Button all buttons, close zippers, and turn clothes inside out.
  • Use a mesh laundry bag for small items like socks and bibs.
  • Place the prepared load in the washing machine.

Step 5: Add detergent and select a cycle

  • Use a gentle, fragrance-free detergent.
  • Add detergent to the washer’s dispenser.
  • Use warm water on a “normal” or “gentle” wash cycle.
  • Check fabric care tags for the right wash temperature.
  • For Whirlpool® machines with Load & Go™, you can skip adding detergent every time for 20–40 loads.

Step 6: Dry the baby clothes

  • You should place your baby clothes in the dryer once the wash cycle has completed. Most baby clothes can be tumbled dry on a low setting to help prevent shrinking.
  • If you are concerned about the shrinkage of baby’s clothes or if the garment care tag recommends air drying, hang the item on a clothing line or a drying rack.

How to disinfect baby clothes

Disinfecting baby clothes
Disinfecting baby clothes

You can use hot water, preferably above 140°F (60°C), and mild detergent to reduce bacteria while washing your clothes in the washing machines. Add the laundry sanitizing product or a cup of white vinegar to the wash. Dry the clothes in a hot dryer or directly under the sun because it has natural disinfecting properties. You should avoid fabric softeners because they usually decrease the effectiveness of disinfection.

Clean and disinfect your washing machines regularly to protect your clothes from bacteria. Always follow care labels and consult with pediatricians for specific concerns about the clothes of your baby.

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