Get through that washing basket like a pro with these savvy laundry tips for new parents.
New parents are always surprised at how their tiny baby can create such mammoth amounts of laundry. The fact is, when there’s a baby around, spills and stains will happen every day – the following tips and tricks should help to make your laundry nice and easy.
Bringing baby home
Even though you are going to be washing baby clothes non-stop once you bring your baby home, it is important to wash all of their clothes before they wear them. This will help avoid your baby having any skin irritation that may occur from chemicals being left on their clothes from the manufacturing process. Also wash all products that your baby’s skin will come in contact with, such as blankets and the car seat cover.
Washing baby clothes
Use a non-biological liquid detergent on your baby’s clothes. Also, avoid fabric softeners and any heavily fragranced products. Always read the care tags on the clothes first and follow the instructions given. Treat all stains as soon as possible, as this will make it easier to remove them.
How to remove stains
Soak items with stains in cool water before you treat them. Cool water may be able to get rid of some stains, such as reflux or milk, by itself. And if this won’t work, soaking the stain in cool water will make it easier to remove before you wash it with detergent.
Stain removal solutions:
- Protein stains: this includes breast milk and formula, as well as spit-up and many food stains. Soak the stain in cool water and then pre-treat it by dabbing a small amount of non-bio liquid detergent on it. Then wash the clothes as normal, following the care tag instructions.
- Nappies: Disposable nappies should be treated the same as a protein stain as above. But, you can also add a few tablespoons of white vinegar to the water for the pre-soaking.
- Oily stains: To treat stains such as baby oils and creams, remove any excess of the substance and cover the stain with cornflour, talcum powder, or baking soda. Leave this on the stain for 15 minutes and then remove it and wash the item as normal.
- Fruit and veg stains: Soak these types of stains in cool water. Even stains that have had time to set will loosen while they soak in water.
Family laundry tips:
- Always separate your whites and colours.
- Most washes are ‘medium soiled,’ but if the clothes are particularly dirty set the wash to a ‘heavy soiled’ wash and a ‘light soiled’ wash for delicate clothing.
- For lightly soiled clothes or garments that are specifically designed for being cleaned quickly, a quick wash cycle will wash your clothes in half the time.
- Don’t overload your washing machine. It is bad for your machine and it means that your clothes won’t be cleaned properly.
- If it is possible, put on a wash every day. Skipping a day, or a few days at a time, will cause your laundry pile to grow very fast and it can leave you stuck and take days to catch up.
- It is also a good idea that after you have noted how to wash a certain item of clothing, you remove the tag so as that it can’t rub on your baby and cause them discomfort.
Instead of using fabric softeners, add a dash of vinegar to your machine to keep clothes soft. Fabric softeners can break down the flame retardant protection on the fabric. Adding a splash of vinegar can also help keep them bright and white.
Mixing baking soda and water to form a paste and spreading it on stains will absorb odours and help to remove the stain.
“I put on one wash a day. I iron/fold and put away clothes in the evening watching some TV, that way I don’t feel the time pass.”
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