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Baby Laundry in 4 Steps

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Author: RealMomofNJ

Baby laundry. It's not that hard to do.  It's just that the volume and frequency at which you do it makes it seem overwhelming. The tiny clothes are so cute, but a full load of baby wash seems to have about 1000x the number of articles as an adult load. And thanks to spit-up, baby food, and other bodily fluids, it feels like there are million times more stains.

So, to make the baby laundry easier for myself, I follow 4 steps:

  1. I sort the clothes. For this, I have an upstairs and a downstairs baby hamper. You never know where your kid will be when it needs to be stripped down to its diaper, and you have to have a place to put the gross clothes that are now in your hand.
  2. Before I throw anything into one of the hampers, I treat stains with a stain spray. This includes burp cloths, blankets and sheets, bibs, clothes that have been barfed or pooped on…so, pretty much everything. I hang a bottle of stain spray on the side of each baby hamper so it's always handy, and I don't forget which articles need the extra help come laundry day. I reluctantly used a petroleum-based spray until Seventh Generation released a baby stain spray. It's especially nice because it's formulated specifically for baby-made stains.
  3. I wash baby clothes separately from all other laundry because I prefer to use special baby detergent (cloth diapers are washed separately from the baby clothes). I like detergents that are formulated for a baby's sensitive skin but will also get out hardcore baby ick. I also want something that is plant-based but unscented, as I like my baby to smell like a baby and not a garden. Seventh Generation 4x Concentrated Baby Detergent meets all of my criteria. It's also great for pretreating and soaking (see #4), which is nice because my previous detergent was only good for washing.
  4. If stains are really bad, I presoak. I use a bit of detergent on the stain, let it sit for a bit, then soak the item in cold water overnight.

Another thing about the 4x Concentrated Baby Detergent: it's OK for cloth diapers as well as clothes. I previously needed a separate product to launder cloth diapers, but now I can use the same one I use on the baby laundry. Anything to save me money, time, and confusion!

Do you have any shortcuts for baby laundry?

 

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rachelsmith89
03/04/13
Washing baby clothes properly is very important as they contain a wide variety of stains and you can not compromise with the hygiene. Very nice and excellent steps has been provided by the author. I would certainly share these tips with my sister having 3 months old daughter.
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Consumer Insights Team
11/06/12
To answer your question "Why the special detergent?" Baby 4X has a quadruple enzyme system that targets tough stains like milk and formula residue, spit-up, pureed fruits, diaper disasters (you get the idea) and more. Effective on cloth diapers and all of baby's washable things, this premium performer rinses clean, leaving a wonderful, fresh scent.
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allison2714
11/02/12
This might seem like a silly question: Why do people use a special baby detergent? I guess I'm not sure about other people, but I have come to the conclusion that I should probably be just as concerned about what goes on my clothes. If something in a person's laundry detergent isn't safe for a baby or causes skin sensitivities, it's probably not worth it to put on an adult body. **We have used 7Gen free & clear laundry detergent in the past (& really liked it!) & have only switched to home-made because of our changed view of finances.
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VM
10/19/12
When my son was born, I was amazed at the quantity of laundry he generated. He's now four years old and I've used Only 7th Generation to wash his clothes and bedding since he was born. (As well as ALL the household laundry, in fact.) I simply pre-treat stains with a bit of laundry soap and let them sit for a few minutes. That usually does the trick! Keep in mind, babies and toddlers grow fast - which means they grow out of their clothes fast, too. If you're stuck with a little stain, your child won't be wearing those clothes very long anyway - problem solved!
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1st class cleaning
10/17/12
Here's another one that might compliment it http://www.1stclasscleaningnyc.com/cleaning-tips-2/the-most-efficient-way-to-organize-your-laundry.html