You are expecting a little addition to your family and the nesting instinct has well and truly kicked in.
The nursery is all set up and you have bought the everyday items like nappies, wipes and clothing essentials like swaddles, bibs, singlets and grow suits.
Mums know how sensitive babies skins are but they also want to make sure the cleaning and washing products that they use are effective with removing dirt and stains but not going to irritate the delicate skin of a baby.
It is a wise idea to wash all new clothing for a baby and also wash any hand me downs too.
Clothing has handled by others and many fabrics also have been treated with different chemicals to prevent wrinkles and even to stop clothing going mouldy during the transport from overseas
If the new clothing smells of ‘new clothing’, then it is a great idea to thoroughly wash the clothing before a baby wears it.
Low Allergy Laundry Powder Options
When choosing a washing powder it is important to select a low allergy formulation.
There is no need to use fabric softeners as they only add a coating to the clothing and are not recommended to be used on any childrens or infants sleepwear or pajamas as it reduces the fire retardancy of clothing and sleepwear will have a warning label about this.
When choosing a washing powder for babies – the skin irritants to avoid are:
- Fillers – these are salts in the powder that bulk it up. The common one is called Sodium Sulfate
- Fragrances – Majority of laundry products use synthetic fragrances and this is what causes the majority of skin reactions
- Optical Whiteners – Another added chemical that can be irritating to delicate skin
- Enzymes – Can be a potential irritant in the delicate skin
You may decide to use a specific baby laundry powder for your newborn.
Or you may decide to switch to a low allergy washing powder for everyone.
If you are going to do separate wash cycles for your baby having a specific baby washing powder might be a great option.
These are usually Scent Free and will contain either no or lower amounts of the above irritating ingredients.
The other option is that you make your own baby laundry powder.
They use ingredients like grated laundry soap, washing soda and borax and you may even add a couple of drops of baby safe essential oils for fragrance. Always seek advice if using essential oils in your own formulations.
Or you may decide to switch detergents for the entire household to a low allergy formulation.
Now this may seem like you will have to put up with a lesser standard in laundry powder. But you will be pleasantly surprised when you realise there is a washing powder that will clean better than the leading regular brands of washing powder and there are no irritating ingredients in the formulation.