My Aunt is arguably the laundry pro in the family. She can get a stain out of anything and she fits her daily laundry loads into her schedule with ease. I’ve learned a thing or twenty from her, but I hadn’t seen her wash very many baby clothes so I had to figure out a bunch of that process from scratch. These are a few of the things I’ve learned (most the hard way.) I’m hoping that both she and Martha Stewart would be proud:
- Save trouble later: Fasten all velcro when it comes off the baby
- Got a tricky or stinky stain? Wash first, then hang in the sun for about 3 hours
- Secure socks and other mini items into a delicate lingerie bag
- Use half to a quarter of the recommended amount of laundry detergent
- Check your load when the basin fills; there should only be a few bubbles breaking the surface, no super suds.
- Don’t use fabric softener on baby clothes
- If you’re doing cloth diapers don’t use fabric softener with any loads. The residue stays in the dryer and coats your items, making them water repellant instead of absorbent.
- Dry on low to avoid shrinking