It is indeed daunting to realize that once a baby arrives, not only does your laundry chore doubles, but you need to make arrangements to shield off the tender skin of our baby from harsh clothes. Fabric softeners for baby clothing then becomes a necessity.
It may be reassuring to know it is not always necessary to use a baby detergent for your baby's clothes. Because a baby detergent does not always get rid of stains and odors on your baby's clothing as you'd like, it may be better you switch to some other detergent.
Switching on to fabric softener
Before switching to a fabric softener, make sure to test one article of clothing first. Unless your baby has allergies, eczema, atopic dermatitis, or other conditions affecting your baby's sensitive skin, liquid detergents meant exclusively for babies are your best bet because they work for all types of clothes. But if there seems to be some irritation, you can still try using a fabric softener detergent that does not contain colors or fragrances.
Why Fabric Softeners?
· Better than an ordinary baby detergent that only washes because they come with choices to meet the need of your baby's sensitive skin. Fabric softeners come in two types: sheets and liquids; they also come in scented as well as fragrance-free options.
· Fabric softeners give fabrics a softer feel and help reduce static cling (particularly useful for synthetics and permanent press items).
· They are designed to make clothes feel softer and smoother, and at the same time reduce wrinkles in clothing and mitigate the need to iron.
How to Use Fabric Softeners
· Liquid fabric softeners: Add liquid fabric softener during your washing machine's final rinse cycle for enhanced softening. Make sure there is water in the machine when you add the softener; however, avoid overfilling the washing machine. Staining may result if a fabric softener is poured directly on the clothes. And most importantly, keep your baby's fabric softener in an environment where it will not freeze; freezing leads to thickening of the liquid fabric softener.
· Fabric softener sheets: While using sheets, it is always advisable to add them just before you start your drier. The drier's heat activates the softening properties of fabric softener sheets. Staining might result if you allow a fabric sheet to sit in a wet load of clothing.
Remember to avoid washing your little one's clothes with the rest of the family's clothes; the harsh detergents are likely to irritate your baby's skin (most common of them, diaper rash). All said, remember to always read the manufacturer's instructions and follow them; also look for any special cleaning instructions that may appear on the labels of your baby's clothing. Following these will ensure soft, fluffy clothes for your baby's comfort.