An infant’s skin is extremely sensitive, thus vulnerable to skin infections, rashes, acne and allergies. It is very important to follow proper laundry instructions when washing your child’s clothes. Mentioned below are a few dos and don’ts for washing your little one’s clothing to prevent him/her from skin problems.
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Dos of Washing your Baby’s Clothes
1. Use baby detergents: Regular detergents you use contain harmful chemicals that may leave unsafe residuals in your kid’s clothing when washed causing skin irritation, rashes and skin infection in your baby. Baby detergents are readily available in the market and contain milder cleaning agents that are specifically designed for the gentle skin of an infant.
2. Keep baby’s clothes separately: Unlike the rest of the laundry, the clothes of your tiny one will not be heavily soiled or stained, therefore, keep them separately. Excessively soiled clothes in your laundry may contaminate the baby’s clothes. Also, remember that baby clothes do not require a lot of detergent so use only half as much of detergent as you would for your clothes when washing the baby’s clothes. Excess detergent does not only make the colour of the cloth bleed, but may also leave harmful remnants in them. Place all the washed and cleaned clothes of your baby in a separate drawer to prevent dust infiltration.
3. Use Cold Water to wash Clothes: Cold water enables the prevention of bacteria build-up in the clothes, therefore, baby’s clothes should be washed in cold water. Moreover, clothes do not shrink if washed in cold water. To prevent damage to the beautiful dresses of your little one, go through the washing instructions given on the tags sewed on the inside of the clothes.
Don’ts of Washing your Baby’s Clothes
1. Don’t directly wash the clothes: Pre-treating stains before you put the pile of clothes in the wash tub facilitates easier and faster cleaning. All baby detergents are strong enough to wash away the stains, but they may/may not directly clear the spots. Follow a pre-treatment of stained clothes and then, thoroughly clean them to guarantee germ-free clothes, especially baby nappies. Also, it reduces your effort of washing the stained clothes over and over again.
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2. Don’t overload your washer: Filling your washing machine with too many clothes will not leave enough space for water to get to all sides, causing your baby’s clothes to remain dirty. Also, overloading the washer leads to over work of the machine.
3. Don’t use hot or warm water: Never use hot water to clean your kid’s clothes as high temperature makes the stain set in the cloth, making it difficult to remove it in spite of washing it repeatedly. To fade the poop-stains, you may soak the clothes in cold water for two to three hours.
Even if your newborn’s clothes are new, they need to be washed thoroughly before being worn.