By Edie Mindell
Clothes right off the shelves come from industrial factories or stock rooms; and you can only imagine the amount of invisible dirt mounting in that outfit. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that baby clothes be washed first before letting the baby wear them.
Grown-up clothes gather more dirt than baby clothes. Dirt residue from washing them together can cause allergies or skin irritations in babies, especially if one member of the family has bacterial or fungal infections. So, it is advisable to separate your soiled baby clothes from the adults or the members of the family soiled clothes. Soiled cloth diapers also need to be washed separately.
Mild detergent or specific detergent for the baby clothes is also recommended. Don’t let harsh chemicals in regular detergents, such as fabric softeners, bleach, enzymes, optical brighteners and dyes touch your baby’s sensitive skin.
For stubborn stains, which you may encounter when your child starts on solid food, soak baby clothes in warm water and mild detergent for a couple of hours before washing. To kill fungi, soak baby clothes in vinegar first before washing them.
Most moms believe that ironing baby clothes can eliminate causes of skin irritations and kill germs. Air-dry baby clothes under the sun as it is still the best disinfectant for washed laundry.
There is no doubt that cloth diapers are fading into memory, and being replaced by the more convenient disposable brands which are available. For families that choose to use these, however, there are some special considerations. The most sanitary way to clean reusable cloth diapers is to contact a diaper service. This will not only take away the hassle of washing the diapers at home, it will ensure that the replacement diapers are sterile.
It’s a good idea to make sure that most of the baby clothes you buy can be machine-washed. Choose fabrics and colours that will survive the washing machine and tumble drier and which require little or no ironing.
Don’t forget to do up zips and fastenings on clothes before machine washing them, as they can catch and pull delicate fabrics. Tiny baby items like socks hats and gloves can get lost in the machine. Wash them inside an old pillowcase. They will still come clean and you won’t lose any!
Finally, make sure you clean your baby’s closet thoroughly before stocking up your little one’s tiny clothes. These small outfits are your baby’s first armor against the real world so they deserve the utmost care.
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