Taking the best possible care of your baby’s health comes above everything. That includes making sure the laundry products you use get rid the bacteria that flourish on your baby’s clothes, while also being kind to their delicate skin. New to the world, your baby’s immune system is so much weaker than your own and that means you need to take additional care.
Here are five tips which can keep bacteria at bay when washing new-born baby clothes:
1. Separate your clothes from your baby’s
With your own laundry, you can use harsher detergent and laundry products as your skin is tough enough to take it. But a baby’s skin can be very sensitive to additives like dyes and scents, which are likely to cause irritation.
Your baby’s clothing can be contaminated by the stains and bacteria from your own laundry, which is another good reason to wash baby clothes separately.
2. Use Dettol Laundry Cleanser Sensitive
Use baby laundry detergent and an anti-bacterial laundry cleanser, like Dettol, for really clean baby clothes. Dettol Anti-Bacterial Laundry Cleanser Sensitive kills bacteria left behind by regular detergent, even at temperatures as low as 20°C.
Simply add two capfuls to your fabric softener drawer to kill 99.9% of bacteria. Our cleanser is fragrance-free and dye free too.
Ironing baby clothes helps eliminate bacteria: the high temperatures act like a steriliser.
Many of us are starting to wash our laundry at lower temperatures to save energy but, because your new-born is more sensitive to bacteria, you should always wash baby clothes at the highest possible temperature. Bacteria and illness causing germs can survive at low temperatures and spread between different clothes in the same load, creating a real ‘germ soup’.
USE HOTTER WASH
4. Double rinse
With your baby’s skin being so sensitive, it’s a good idea to use a double rinse in your washing machine even if you’re using special detergent for baby clothes. This will make sure all the suds are flushed out of the clothing fibres and can help prevent any irritation the next time the clothing is worn.
5. Dry your baby’s clean clothes straight away
Leaving wet laundry in the washing machine, even for a short time, can allow germs and bacteria to flourish. Hang clothes out to dry or pop them in the tumble dryer immediately to avoid this.
Even with the best intentions, the many distractions of a new parent can mean damp clothes occasionally sit in the washing machine for more than 30 minutes. When this happens, we’d advise running a second cycle with Dettol laundry cleanser to make sure all the bacteria is successfully removed.