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The 101 on laundry for newborns

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Dressing your newborn right goes beyond matching colours and styles. The right laundering practices can make wearing their clothing more comfortable while still looking their best.

By Naomi
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Good laundering practices for baby clothes can make wearing them more comfortable for babies while keeping them looking their best.

Washing preparation

When you buy or receive new clothes for your baby, it’s best to wash them before your baby wears them for the first time.  Newborns have sensitive skin, and washing removes any potential irritants.

 

Read the care label carefully before washing. Fasten any fabric fasteners to keep clothing from getting caught and damaged in the wash. Any small items like socks are best placed in a mesh bag when washing and drying.

 

Choosing the right detergent

You don’t have to buy baby detergent so long as your infant doesn’t have allergies or very sensitive skin. Regular liquid detergents will do, although if you want to play it safe, go for non-biological detergents, or detergents with no dyes or fragrances. Powered detergents may leave behind residue that irritates an infant’s skin.

 

Laundering the clothes

Baby clothes are best laundered at 30oC or 40oC. If you’re using the same detergent for other clothes, just wash your infant’s clothes as part of a full load of laundry to conserve water and energy.

 

If your baby’s skin is extremely sensitive, try double-rinsing their clothes to get any excess detergent off.

 

Washing machines like the Electrolux Time Manager with Vapour Action not only allows you to customise a laundry cycle, but you can also utilise its vapour cycle to sanitise the clothes and kill any lurking allergens.

 

Getting rid of common stains

In general, treat stains while they are fresh. Make sure to remove as much of the staining substance as possible before laundering.  For protein-based stains like breast milk and food stains, soak it in cool water with an enzyme-based detergent. If that doesn’t work, use an all-purpose stain remover and launder normally.

 

Urine stains require a two-step process. Dilute one tablespoon of ammonia in one cup of water, and use it to treat the area. Use a stain-removal product and launder normally.  For fruits and vegetables, place the garment in equal parts rubbing alcohol and water, and wash normally. If that doesn’t work, soak the garment in a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water.

 

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