Wondering How To Wash Baby Clothes? All The Answers Here!

Let’s say that you know how to bleach your white clothes, how to shrink them without damages and how to keep them from turning yellow. But what do you know about baby clothes? When did you start shopping for baby clothes? As soon as you found out you were pregnant, right? Buying new clothes for your newborn is so thrilling and exhilarating! However, what you didn’t consider at that time was the prospect of washing loads of minuscule shirts and tiny socks.

Baby clothes get drying

Staring at the huge pile of baby clothes, you must be wondering how something so tiny and so small can go through so many clothes! Quit worrying, mums and dads – we are here to tell you all you need to know about washing baby clothes. Read on!

Choosing the right detergent for your baby’s clothes

With tons of brands available on the supermarket shelves, it can be slightly hard to pick the best detergent for your baby’s clothes. Your baby’s skin is very sensitive, and if you don’t choose the right detergent, it can cause an allergic reaction, skin irritation, rash, etc.

Read the labels carefully before choosing any baby-specific laundry item. We recommend that you choose a non-biological detergent as biological ones have stain-busting enzymes that can irritate an infant’s skin. Invest in an eco-friendly, extra-gentle detergent, free of perfumes, irritants, dyes, or colouring.

It is better to use liquid detergents instead of powder formulas. Washing powders can leave behind flakes while liquid detergents wash out easily. If you are concerned that the detergent you bought might be too harsh for your baby’s skin, wash one or two clothing items in that detergent. Check for irritation or rash after your infant wears it. If the baby is comfortable and there is no rash, you can keep using the baby laundry detergent.

If you don’t want to buy a regular detergent, you have the option of making your own baby detergent as well. Not only can you be sure of the ingredients present in the homemade detergent, but you can save plenty of pounds. There are various recipes for homemade detergents on the internet. However, it is a good option to consult your paediatrician if you are unsure about any particular ingredient.

Baby-only or combined loads?

Many of you might be wondering whether you should wash your baby’s clothing separately or not? When you do baby-only loads, it means a lot more work for you. If you are thinking of doing combined loads, then you should switch the entire household over to baby-safe detergent. 

Your baby is going to come into contact with your clothing anyway, when you feed them, hold them, cuddle them, etc. Therefore, washing your clothes together is a viable option.

There are plenty of reasons why you should isolate your baby’s clothes. Let’s see what they are.

  1. If someone in your home works with dangerous and harsh chemicals, it is better to be safe and wash your baby’s clothes separately instead of risking accidental exposure.
  2. Some people prefer washing their clothes with a scented detergent. If you prefer a heavily perfumed detergent, then you should wash your infant’s clothes separately.
  3. Babies tend to use a lot of clothes throughout the day. If the number of clothes they use daily is enough for a load, then you should do baby-only loads.
  4. If your baby has super-sensitive and delicate skin, and you are using a special detergent for their clothes, it may be too expensive to wash everyone’s clothes together.
  5. If you wash your baby’s clothes separately, the germs and bacteria from other clothes are not transferred to your infant’s clothes.

A woman wash baby clothes

Things to keep in mind before washing baby clothes

Just bought some new clothes for your baby and can’t wait to put them on? It may not seem obvious, but you should wash any new items that you buy before dressing your kid in them. You have no idea what might have come into contact with the garments before you bought them.

Since a baby’s skin is way more sensitive than an adult, it is more likely to get irritated as well. Make sure that all the clothes that you put on your little one are freshly washed with a baby-friendly laundry detergent. Don’t know how to wash new baby clothes? Don’t worry – we are here to tell you that!

Similar to adult clothing, keep lighter and darker colours separate when you are washing your baby’s garments. It is better to wash the clothes at a gentle cycle and at a lower temperature. If the clothes are not very dirty, you can wash them by hand.

Here are a few things you need to keep in mind when you are washing your newborn’s clothes.

  1. Check the label for any washing instructions. It will let you know whether the material is machine-wash friendly or is hand-wash only.
  2. Pre-soak the garments in water. It is better to pre-soak the clothes in hot water as it will kill plenty of germs. However, not all fabrics can be soaked in hot water, so make sure to check every single one of them.
  3. After you wash the clothes, soak them in lukewarm water once again. This will ensure that all the detergent is removed from the garments.

How to hand-wash baby clothes

If you don’t have a full load, or if the fabric of the clothes isn’t machine-wash friendly, you have to wash your baby’s clothes by hand. Here are a few simple steps to ensure you know how to do it properly.

1. Clean Your Hands

Your hands are a source of germs and bacteria. Therefore, before you handle your baby’s clothes, make sure that you wash your hands thoroughly to disinfect them.

2. Check the Water’s Temperature

Since you can’t regulate water temperature while washing the clothes by hand, you have to preemptively ensure that the water isn’t too hot. Check the temperature range in which you can safely wash your baby’s clothes to ensure that you don’t damage the fabric. 

3. Soak the Clothes before Wash

Soak your baby’s clothes in lukewarm water for 30 minutes. Some of the dust and dirt will wash away as a result and you will be able to wash the clothes easily.

4. Wash the Clothes

Put some detergent in a small tub and mix it well with the water. Dip the clothes in this soapy water and let them stay for 10 minutes. Then, wash the clothes gently with your hands, giving extra attention to any stains or marks. Drain the soapy water and thoroughly wash the clothes in plain, cold water

5. Soak the Clothes after Wash

It is better to soak your kid’s clothes in plain, lukewarm water after you hand-wash them. This will ensure that any residual detergent is completely rinsed.

How to machine wash baby clothes

Washing by hand your baby’s clothes is time-consuming and can be exhausting. The washing machine option can be a lifesaver! Here are a few helpful tips for washing your kid’s clothes in the washer.

A boy helps his mam to wash the clothes


1. Wash your Baby’s Clothes First

Machines are a hotbed of bacteria, especially if you wash your own clothes before washing your baby’s. Therefore, we recommend that you wash your kids’ clothes first and avoid transferring any germs or bacteria.

2. Check the Temperature

Wash all the baby clothes at 30 or 40 degrees as this is plenty hot to clean the clothes. It is better for the environment and will save you money as well. Check the label on the clothes to see if they can withstand hot water or not.

3. Pre-Wash the Clothes with Soap

Before you add the baby’s clothes to the machine, you should take a bucket of lukewarm water and add half a cup of baby detergent to soak the clothes in it. 

4. Run Rinse Cycle Twice

To make sure that the detergent is completely removed, we recommend that you run the rinse cycle twice. For the first cycle, add detergent to the washing. Don’t add any detergent in the second rinse cycle.

You can use a fabric conditioner to keep the baby’s clothes soft. However, ensure that you are using a gentle, hypoallergenic softener that is kid-friendly.

Dealing with stubborn stains on baby clothes

As a parent of a newborn baby, you know that stains are inevitable. From puking on a white, crisp onesie to peeing through the diaper and staining the clothes, you need to know how to clean all kinds of stains easily.

If you wash and treat the stains while they are still fresh, it becomes relatively easy to remove them.

A baby eating something

1. Removing Protein-Based Stains

Protein-based stains such as spit-up, breast milk, formula, etc. are most common when it comes to stubborn baby stains. In the case of milk, simply add some stain-removing product to warm water and soak the stain in it for a while. Once the stain fades a little, launder the garment normally.

Formula stains are a bit harder to remove than breastmilk ones. To remove formula stains, soak the garment in lukewarm water. Sprinkle the soiled area with baking soda and scrub with an old toothbrush. This will remove the yellowish milk stain from your baby’s clothes.

2. Removing Urine & Poop Stains

Urine stains are very common when it comes to infant clothing. To remove urine stains, you need to use ammonia. It’s a powerful cleaning agent used to remove stains from silk pillowcases, leather gloves and so on. follow these steps.

  1. Take one tbsp. of ammonia and mix it in one cup of water. You can use vinegar as well instead of ammonia.
  2. Treat the area with this solution.
  3. Mix stain remover and detergent, and launder the clothes.
  4. Make sure that you don’t mix bleach with ammonia as it will create toxic fumes.

To remove the poop stains, firstly, soak the clothing item in lukewarm water. Pre-treat it with lemon before you throw it in the wash. Let the lemon juice soak in for about 10 minutes before you scrub the area with an old toothbrush. Wash the clothes with your favourite baby-friendly detergent.

3. Removing Oil Stains

Check the care instructions of the garment and wash it in the hottest water that is safe for it. Add some detergent and let the clothes soak for a while before you gently wash the stained area. You can use a grease-busting detergent to remove the stains of baby oil from the clothes. 

Oil stains tend to disappear when the clothes are wet, so make sure to air dry the garment and check if the stain is gone.

Drying your baby’s clothes

Thinking that those tiny clothes will dry quickly? Think again. Since baby clothes have a decreased surface area, it takes them a bit longer to dry completely. You can dry your baby’s clothes just like you would dry your own. Things such as lacy dresses, soft sweaters, etc. should be laid flat to dry

Tiny clothes drying in the nature

To speed up the drying process, you can toss in the tumble dryer, a clean, dry towel with the baby clothes. We suggest that you line-dry your infant’s clothes instead of putting them in the dryer. 

Sunshine not only bleaches the whites but also kills germs as well. However, make sure that you don’t hang fragile fabrics out in the sun as they can deteriorate and the colour can fade as well. You can always go for a rotary washing line and make your life easier!

When you were excitedly awaiting the arrival of your newborn as a new parent, you probably didn’t take into account the amount of laundry that you would have to do. Kids, especially newborns, go through many clothes each day, and you will be doing load after load.

However, all that laundry will not be an issue for you once you master the laundry tips and tricks that we have mentioned above! Follow this helpful article, and your laundry hampers will never overflow.

Happy Parenting, Folks!

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