Baby-Friendly Laundry Essentials
Because everything that touches baby skin matters, it is important to use baby-friendly laundry products. Read our tips and recommendations below!
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A Safe Laundry Detergent
Laundry Detergent: Babies have sensitive skin and care should be taken when selecting a baby-friendly laundry detergent. Unfortunately, many of the main brand detergents are petroleum-based and can be toxic and irritating for your little one. I recommend selecting a detergent that is plant-based and non-toxic. Also, pick a detergent that is frangrence-free to avoid additional potential irritants. Here are a couple of great options:
For a complete list of safe laundry detergents, go to the Environmental Working Group's Guide,
A Good Spot Remover
Spot Remover: Yes, there are going to be a lot of messes and if you want to save your little one's outfit, you are going to need a good spot remover. Here are couple great safe and non-toxic spot removers:
For a complete list of safe spot removers, click here for EWG's Guide.
Another great stain remover is placing your items in the sun the old fashion way! The sun bleaches out stains and smell. Here are some different clothesline options.
Laundry Bags: Laundry bags are great for washing small items such as mittens and socks or items that have velcro such as bibs that you don't want to stick to other items. You can even clip one of these bags to your hamper to keep your small items sorted out from your other laundry items.
Wool Dryer Balls
Hamper: Sure, any hamper will work but I recommend buying one you can easily wipe out or one with a liner that can be washed.
Hangers: Velvet hangers are great because they are non-slip and they are more compact than plastic hangers which will give you more space in your little one's closet. Most kids hangers are good for sizes 3 months and bigger.
Before your baby arrives, prewash all their clothes in blankets in a baby-friendly detergent.
Skip the fabric softener. Fabric softeners can also contain irritants.
Fasten bibs and other items with velcro or snaps before putting them in the washer.
If you are using cloth diapers, invest in a diaper sprayer and clothesline or drying rack to dry the shells.
Use clothes dividers to keep your little one's closet organized.