Washing and ironing baby clothes
Washing baby clothes for the first time can be challenging for new parents. What kind of washing powder should you use? Should you use a fabric conditioner? What about ironing delicate fabrics? Your baby’s skin requires special treatment which is why you should keep in mind a few ground rules.
When should you wash your baby’s clothes? It is best if you do it right after you buy them – new, seemingly clean clothes are in fact home to acari and microorganisms that can provoke an allergy. This is why you should wash your baby’s clothes before your baby wears them for the first time. It is best to use special baby-safe laundry detergents and set the temperature at min. 60°C.
Make sure that your baby’s clothes are made of natural fabrics that can be safely washed in high temperatures – even at 95°C. This way you are sure to kill a vast majority of acari and bacteria. Clothes made of cotton, batiste or terrycloth are best.
What is the best way to wash baby clothes – together or separately?
Standard washing powders or liquids usually contain ingredients that can irritate baby’s sensitive skin. Specialists say that baby clothes should be washed in dedicated hypoallergenic detergents with no fragrance. Moreover, chemical agents added to conventional detergents available on the market can provoke allergic reactions. For a similar reason you shouldn’t use fabric conditioners, unless they are designed for baby clothes – the detergent’s name will usually point out that it is “sensitive” or “delicate”.
You should wash your baby’s clothes separately for a minimum of 12 months. Doctors recommend using special detergents until your child is 3 years old – this is when the baby’s epidermis matures. Naturally, if your baby’s skin is extra sensitive and easily irritated, you will need to extend that period.
What is the best way to iron baby clothes?
Ironing baby clothes is more than just removing creases. High temperatures work like a steriliser – they help to remove residue detergent and kill microorganisms that settle on fabrics during drying. Specialists recommend that baby clothes and bedding should be ironed at least for the first 3-6 months. In addition, ironed fabrics are softer – this is important if you don’t use a fabric conditioner.
At best ironing should be done on left side of clothes to protect delicate fabrics from damage. Always check the symbols on the care label for maximum ironing temperature and information about ironing, e.g. whether you should use a wet cloth.
Washing newborn’s clothes doesn’t have to be complicated – to keep your baby’s skin safe you just need to follow the above-mentioned rules. The right choice of laundry detergent and water temperature will eliminate stains and bacteria and a hot iron will act like a steriliser. This way your baby will avoid skin allergies, rashes and irritation.