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Washing Machine Tips

Washing Machine Tips

Washing the baby's clothes in washing machine saves a lot of time and energy. It eases out the washing process. Washing the clothes in a washing machine requires sorting out of the clothes. Here are few tips for washing your baby’s clothes in a washing machine.

Are there any special tips for loading the washing machine?

Loading an automatic washer to capacity saves time and energy, but overloading causes poor cleaning because the clothes will not swish around.  Do not pack them down, say the experts; drop them loosely into the basket.  Permanent press clothes especially will retain their shade better if they are not crammed together.  Clothes also get cleaner when you have a mix of large and small items.  But be sure to load evenly. Do not, for instance put all the towels on one side and all the underwear on the other.

Should I use hot water or cold water?

Cold water is fine for the average wash so long as your tap water is around 70 degrees.  Some liquid detergents will do okay at lower temperatures, but powdered detergents need warm water to dissolve completely.  Hot water is unnecessary unless you are disinfecting diapers and beddings or washing whites.  Rinse water can always be cold - it actually keeps the clothes from wrinkling.

Which items require special care?

Here are some items which require special care.

Plastic items

Pants, bibs - should be washed on a short cycle for about 4 minutes and tumbled in the dryer without heat.  The same thing applies to vinyl-backed soaker pants.

Woollen blankets

These should be soaked in detergent water for about 10 to 15 minutes.  Then water should be drained out of the washer and the usual rinse cycle should be used.  Dry for 10-15 minutes in the dryer.  While the blankets are still damp, take them out and spread them on a flat surface to finish drying.


Flame-retardant sleepwear should not be washed with soap because it leaves residue which interferes with the flame-retardant properties.

What precautions should be taken?

Have a quick look at the precautions that should be taken while washing your baby’s clothes in washing machine.

Wash Baby’s Clothes Separately

Do not mix your clothes with your baby’s clothes. A baby’s clothes are dirtier than an adult’s clothes. Therefore, while washing them together can cause the stains from your baby’s clothes to get passed on to your clothes.

Sort Baby’s Clothes Properly

Before dumping your baby’s clothes into the washing machine, you will have to sort them carefully. Make sure that you keep and clean the clothes in which your baby has pooped separately. It can become quite a mess if these clothes enter your washing machine. There are the chances of other clothes getting the stains of poop. The best way is to wash such clothes immediately instead of keeping them stocked for washing them in bulk.

Choose the Right Detergent

There is no need to buy a separate detergent for washing your baby’s clothes. You can use the one which you are use for washing your clothes provided that it is not too harsh. Make sure that the detergent does not contain fabric softener, bleaches or perfumes.

Do not put too much of detergent in the washing machine. Before putting it in the washing machine, make sure that you let it dissolve in water and put it in the washing machine after that. The detergent particles may not dissolve properly and get stuck in your baby’s clothes. Such remains of detergent in baby’s clothes can prove harmful to her skin.

You must also take few precautions after you finish washing your baby’s clothes in your washing machine. Do not leave clothes damp for long time and let them dry in sun or air. While putting the clothes for drying, check that there are no remains of detergent in them. After clothes get dried, fold them properly and check that there are no ants or other insects in them.

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Rajeshwari.3 years ago
Washing machine saves a lot of time and specially when it is baby clothes. But one must check with the detergent and for how many minutes the clothes will be washed. Like you should not go overboard in-terms of baby's clothing.You can also download the app called Parentlane They give super amazing advices & tips on parenting and baby growth!
Ananya.9 years ago
a baby must wear light clothese which make them feel comfortable and are also easy to wash.
Carolyn Cestnick
Carolyn Cestnick.9 years ago
as soon as thse the potential stain hits the garment - coat it with spray & wasp and you can leave it until you have time to clean it - stain usually comes out!
Lialah.9 years ago
what do i do if a bleach stain gets on my new clothes but it's had time to settle (2 hrs.)
jazmine.9 years ago
would the fabric softener be affective to other things like people or plants?
jazmine.9 years ago
what chemicals are in fabric softeners?
Anastasia.9 years ago
would fabric softener be irritated by the chemicals
diamond.9 years ago
are your products good?
Melissa.9 years ago
please note that using a fabric softner on infants sleepwear is no longer recommended because the softner removes the flame resisitant coating on infant sleepwear.
paula.9 years ago
they should have sports clothes as they are light and looks good
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