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Using Laundry Detergent for Newborn & Baby Clothes

Are you unsure how to wash your newborn's clothes? Find out everything you need to know about using laundry detergent on baby clothes here.


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Every parent wants to do right by his or her child, and when it comes to doing laundry – it’s no different. You want to know the best way to keep your baby’s clothes clean and stain-free, but most importantly, you want to ensure the detergent you are using is suitable for your baby’s skin.

Baby clothes are best washed on a low temperature in order to protect the delicate fabric. Be sure to read the instructions on the product label and patch test on a discreet part of the garment to make sure it’s an appropriate choice.

Choosing a baby friendly laundry detergent

When it comes to choosing a detergent for baby clothes, a parent’s immediate instinct might be to select a newborn baby detergent designed to protect sensitive skin. But as your baby grows, the amount of mess they make will increase, and so will the amount of stains. Consequently, your focus might shift to a laundry detergent for babies with the best stain removal power!

Although it might seem logical to go for baby detergent brands, as these are often considered to be the gentlest solution for baby’s sensitive skin, regular detergent brands have the added benefit of enzymes: active ingredients that make light work for parents of breaking down tough protein stains – like milk and food – found on babies’ clothes.

These days, laundry products like are also some of the best detergents for babies. They are multifunctional (can be used for the whole family and as stain spot-cleaners too). They also have the added bonus of being effective at low temperatures, so they are energy efficient and help to keep laundry costs down.

Of course, not every garment can be washed the same way: woollens and clothing made out of natural fibres, whether adult or baby, should be handled with care. It’s a good idea to select a detergent specifically designed for washing these types of clothing to avoid shrinkage or damage and ensure effective stain removal.

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Can I use my regular detergent to hand wash my baby’s clothes?

Many baby safe laundry detergents can be used for hand-washing too, but you should always take care to read the instructions and safety labels on the bottle first. While a baby’s delicate clothes might need handling differently, every day clothing can be put in your washing machine with the rest of the family’s – just be sure to check the care labels first to select appropriate water temperature and washing cycle. For more advice on using detergent, browse our laundry tips.

How can I use my detergent to spot-treat stains?

Stain treatment of any type relies on speed – if a stain dries it will be much harder to remove. The great thing about laundry products like Breeze is that they can often be applied directly to stains, either before or after soaking, allowing the active ingredients to get working straight away. But remember:

  • All stains are not equal. Always look up a treatment method appropriate for the type of stain (some stains, for example, are better removed with cold rather than warm water)

  • Make sure you protect your hands with rubber gloves before you get started.

  • Mix laundry powder with a little water to form a paste and apply to the mark with the back of a spoon; or rub liquid detergent straight into the fabric.

All in all – as long as you are using a good quality detergent like Breeze, there’s no reason why you can’t use it to wash the whole family’s clothes.

  • Select a high quality detergent such as .

  • Use specific detergents for garments made of natural fibres (like wool)

  • Select the appropriate washing method according the care label and the nature of the stain.

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Frequently asked questions on baby clothes and laundry

Can baby clothes be put in the dryer?

Babies tend to go through a lot of clothing so it can be easy to turn to the simplest option for drying and put them into a dryer. However this is not recommended for baby clothes. Using a tumble dryer could result in shrinkage, color fading and fabric deterioration.

Is it ok to wash newborn clothes in regular detergent?

The simplest answer is, yes, you can use regular detergent. This being said, ensure that you use a mild, non-bio detergent, as this is the best option for babies and children who have more sensitive skin.

What are baby romper suits used for?

Rompers are a simple one-piece usually worn by babies and younger children such as toddlers. Moe often than not, they have long sleeves and legs, and use a variety of closures from snaps or zippers around the legs to ensure that you can access the diaper to change it when required. They are designed to be perfect for sleeping in, as well as the best choice for making parents’ lives easier when it comes to diaper changing.

Is all baby detergent safe for newborns?

Yes, baby detergents are designed to be gentle on the skin and safe for your baby from the early newborn days and beyond. Until they are between 1 and 2 years of age, we recommend that you stick to baby detergents or non-bio detergents to protect their delicate skin.

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