When you’re getting ready to welcome your little bundle of joy, chances are you’ll constantly be reminded by well-meaning relatives (and sometimes even the old woman at the bus stop) how important it is to hand-wash all baby clothes with a specialist baby detergent. But while it’s true that most babies do have extra sensitive skin and many are prone to skin conditions – like eczema – that can be aggravated by harsh detergents, there’s really no reason why you can’t machine-wash baby clothes using Breeze.
Protecting their Skin and their Clothing
If you decide to machine-wash your baby’s clothes (when they need ten changes of underclothes each day, it’s a real time-saver), you do need to give the clothes a bit of special care – for both your baby’s sake, and the sake of the clothes themselves. After all, with the prices of baby clothes, you want to make them last as long as possible. Here’s how to wash your baby’s clothes in the machine without causing damage or skin irritation:
- Stains. Sometimes you’ll need to pre-treat stains, as bright-coloured baby food, juices, and – dare we say it – poop don’t always respond to a simple laundry detergent. Don’t be tempted to use a store-bought stain remover, as these usually contain chlorine bleaching agents that can actually harm your baby’s skin. Instead, rub a little baby bubble bath into the stain first, before putting it in the machine.
- Detergent. Contrary to popular belief, you really don’t need to buy a specialist baby laundry detergent. You can use Breeze for washing baby clothes. Also make sure that the soap is as pure as possible, and contains no chlorine bleach, fabric softeners, or perfumes.
- Load Sizes. To protect the clothes themselves, don’t overload the washing machine. This is easier said than done when you’ve got a basket full of dirty laundry to get through – and many mums are certainly guilty of doing this on occasion – but it may very well end in disaster! If your machine is too full, there’s not much room for the clothes to move about, and they will become tangled up and may even snag on the inside of your washing machine. They will probably be less clean at the end of a cycle too!
- Gentle Cycles. Another way to help protect your baby’s clothes is to use a very gentle spin cycle, or – if your machine offers it – a ‘hand-wash’ setting. This spins the clothes less vigorously, reducing the risk of snagging. Pick up one of your own tops now, and one of your baby’s outfits. Can you feel how they’re different? The fabric and weave used to make baby clothes is often much more delicate and loose, so that your baby doesn’t overheat under all those layers, but this does mean they can be susceptible to unraveling if not looked after properly.
Don’t be Afraid of your Machine!
Rest assured: using a washing machine to clean your baby’s clothes is perfectly fine and it definitely doesn’t make you a bad parent! Machine-washing just makes incredible sense for busy parents who are constantly on the go, feeding, changing, and playing with the baby. It’s a brilliant time-saver, and is very effective at tackling even the most stubborn of stains. Do you have additional tips on how to wash baby clothes? Let us know in the comments below!