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Doing BabyÍs Laundry

A newbornís skin is delicate and can be very sensitive to perfumes or dyes, so itís best to care for your babyís clothes and bedding separately from the rest of the family. Donít be concerned that this strategy will leave you with less than a full load of laundryóyouíll have plenty.

  • Washing
    Itís a good practice to rinse potential stains while theyíre fresh if you cannot wash them right away. If thatís not possible, use a stain remover on the spot before washing. As with any other wash, separate the clothes and nursery bedding by color. Use the warmest water suggested by the manufacturer. Your detergent should be made especially for babies or one thatís extra-gentle. Add an extra rinse cycle because some babies are sensitive to soap residue. Do not use fabric softener.

  • Drying
    Hang clothes to dry or use a dryer according to the instructions on the tags. Clothes should be removed from the washing machine as soon as they are done to prevent mold and mildew from forming. Check that stains have been removed before drying or they will set and be harder to get rid of.

  • Special Considerations
    Diaper stains and odors need special care. Keep a container of baby stain remover in your laundry kit and use a toothbrush to scrub it into the stain before washing. Lingering odors can be removed by adding a dye-free, perfume-free color safe bleach to the wash water. Run an extra rinse cycle to prevent irritation from chemicals.
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