Happy Mother’s Day! On this very special day, no mom anywhere should be doing any laundry. And that goes for you new moms, too. Even though little bundles of joy seem to make little bundles of messes, it’s not your problem today. Now tomorrow, that’s another story. When the celebration is over and it’s back to business as usual, here are some tips for keeping your little pumpkin’s clothes clean and fresh.
Pre-wash – before baby wears it, wash it
Your baby’s skin is sensitive, especially newborns, so be sure to wash baby clothes, sheets and blankets before using them. New clothes and bedding are often treated with chemicals during the manufacturing process, and you don’t want these irritants to come in contact with your baby’s skin.
Pre-treat – when baby stains it, pre-treat it
Those jammies you just pre-washed and then put on your baby – the ones with the footies and bunny tail – are so stinkin cute. And then your baby spits up on them. This is going to happen all the time, so it’s best to just accept it. Not all is lost, though. Save the outfit by first scraping off anything that caused the stain. After that, a simple soak in cool water can loosen and break up the stain. For extra power, treat with a stain remover before tossing the clothes into the washer.
It’s best not to put stained garments in the dryer. Try line-drying instead; the sun can remove stains (it’s often recommended to dry cloth diapers in the sun because of the sun’s bleaching power). If you aren’t able to hang clothes out to dry, then check to make sure the stain is completely gone before putting in the dryer on a low setting.
Pre-tend – after baby wears it, wash it…and pretend someone else will do all the folding.
Laundry doesn’t have to be your life. Keep it simple and routine. Start by using a detergent that’s gentle enough for baby’s delicate skin but still strong enough to fight stains. Try this detergent that’s a mom’s best friend, because it’s pre-measured in a convenient package that can just be tossed into the wash, saving time and hassle.
Baby clothes can go right into the dryer if there are no stains. Keep the setting low to prevent any shrinking or wear on the fabrics. And stay away from dryer sheets and fabric softeners, which can also cause skin irritation and could potentially reduce the effectiveness of fire resistant chemicals on fabrics.
Bonus tip: Use a mesh bag for itty bitty socks and other little items that can easily get lost in the wash. This makes folding and putting them away much easier too.