Baby Laundry Advice

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
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