Caring for babies always requires the extra mile. We prioritize breast milk to feed them, use sterilizers for their bottles, and supplement their health with vitamins. But what about cleaning their clothes? Should we simply put their used clothes in the washing machine along with the others? What could we use in washing baby garments? And what would best remove the stains?
There are a lot of different stains that could go onto your child’s clothes. From drool, food, milk, and poop. When removing the stains, the first step is to normally rinse to remove small debris and then soak in water. Soaking helps remove the stain by loosening them. If the stain does not come off after this, then consider applying these additional steps.
For breast milk, formula milk, food stains, and spit-up, use an enzyme cleaner. These are non-toxic and effective when cleaning by breaking the stain. A good example is the Citra Solv Homesolv CitraDrain Natural Enzyme Drain Cleaner Valencia. If this does not solve the issue, apply a combination solvent and then wash as usual.
If you’re cleaning nappies with poop stain, consider using baking soda. There are other bleach options that you can try, such as the Hydrogen Peroxide and Oxygen Bleach, but these might be irritating than baking soda, which is nonabrasive and very light. Just pour some baking soda in the stain area and brush a bit before washing normally.
Conversely, most babies are often first introduced with fruits and vegetables, so these are also included in the top most possible stains on their garments. To deal with these, mix the soaking water with rubbing alcohol (1:1). If the stain still does not come off, lightly bleach the area by soaking it in a one-to-one mixture of white vinegar and water.
Baby products, such as baby oil, petroleum jelly, lotion, and other creams could also stain your baby’s clothes. To remove these, you could use cornstarch or talcum powder to absorb the oil; this is best when the stain is still fresh. Then, scrap off the stain after 15 minutes. Afterwards, apply a combination solvent, like Shout and Spray ‘n Wash before washing normally.
However, there are times when we can’t hand wash the clothes or follow the above instructions one by one because who has time for that? But that does not mean that baby garments would be left soiled. Thanks to technology, there are washers that are specifically made for baby garments. A good example is the Sumo Twin Tub Baby Clothes Compact Washing Machine.
There would also be times when washing baby clothes separate from our clothes would be difficult to do. In this case, Samsung Baby Care Washer, Stainless Platinum (for Baby Clothes and Reusable Diapers) saves the day! This has six additional rinses that removes detergent residue that can be harsh to your baby’s skin while still keeping your baby’s clothes, cloth diapers, and your own active wear both soft and clean. Finally, it also has a high temperature sanitization that safeguards your baby’s clothes from germs and bacteria. (Just be sure that before dumping the baby clothes, you’ve already rinsed them removing small stain debris.)
Washing clothes is already a task in itself but cleaning baby clothes is a level up endeavor. Good thing there are tips and appliances we could use to make this simpler.