It's happened! There's a baby in the house. All you want to do is cover the little one in kisses. But you also have to cover the bundle of joy in clothes. And these clothes will need cleaning. Because one thing that babies love to do is make a mess. Very often. And then you start thinking of all the questions: What temperature should I use to wash my baby’s clothes and blankets? Should I add fabric softener? How can I be sure my baby’s clothes and bedding are sanitized? We have answers to all these questions. Follow our tips.
TIP NO. 1
WASH BABY CLOTHES BEFORE THEY ARE WORN FOR THE FIRST TIME
After your baby is born, you’re often a little overwhelmed, to say the least. And in all the rush, you may forget that it's preferable to wash new baby clothes and bedding first before they're worn. Just imagine all the hands that must have touched them in the store in order to be convinced...Since newborn skin is delicate, a quick wash is recommended to avoid any risk. Follow your fabric care label instructions.
TIP NO. 2
CHOOSE A GENTLE DETERGENT THAT ISN'T HARSH
To protect a baby's delicate skin, it's best to invest in a dermatologically tested hypoallergenic detergent. Choose one that is free of dyes or perfumes...in short, a gentle, neutral detergent. Even better, opt for a mild, organic detergent to protect both the baby’s health and the environment. This type of detergent will considerably reduce the risk of allergic skin reactions, and it's ideal for the whole family.
TIP NO. 3
FORGET ABOUT FABRIC SOFTENERS
Fabric softeners or conditioners have chemicals that don't mix well with infant skin. We highly recommend that you remove them from your home. For a true gentle touch, your baby always has you.
TIP NO. 4
LIMIT THE AMOUNT OF DETERGENT
We all have a tendency to overdose on cleaning products, thinking that the more we use, the more effective they’ll be. This mistake can cost you dearly when you have a baby and need to wash often...Reducing the amount of detergent does not reduce its effectiveness. Using too much risks leaving irritating residue on your baby's skin. An eco-tip: use half the recommended amount of detergent, and make up the other half with bicarbonate of soda.
TIP NO. 5
SANITIZE YOUR BABY'S CLOTHES AND BEDDING
Wash your baby’s clothes at the highest possible temperature permitted. And because dust mites and bacteria love to make their home in bedding and cuddly toys, sanitize fabrics that need to be washed at low temperatures with Laurastar Dry Microfine Steam (DMS).
Laurastar's natural and hygienic steam kills 99.9% of viruses, bacteria and fungi and 100% of dust mites: it's an invaluable ally for purifying the environment of infants, whose immune systems still can't defend well against bacteria. A simple solution to adopt now for your baby’s clothes and bedding so that he or she grows up healthy, and your family can flourish with total peace of mind.