Before you start your baby’s laundry

Before you toss all the baby clothes into the washer, check every garment’s care label for instructions. Ideally, you should do this the first time you wash any new item, before you let your baby rock their new outfit. Wash before wearing to remove any dust, residue, or other irritants it may have picked up. It’s especially important to do this for sleepwear, which may have special washing instructions due to their flame-resistant properties.

Then, all the regular rules you follow for the rest of your laundry should apply to your baby’s clothes. Separate the colors from the whites to keep both fabrics looking fresh; washing them together can dull the fabrics, especially whites. Zip up zippers, button up buttons, stick together Velcro, and fasten hook and loop fasteners so that fabrics don’t get caught and damaged.

Basic laundry tips for baby clothes

You can wash your baby’s clothes with other items to save time and cut down on water waste. When you use a hypoallergenic, gentle laundry detergent for all your washing, there’s no reason to separate loads. Treat your baby’s clothes as you would your own: delicate items should be washed on low spin using cool water, while sturdier fabrics can take higher spin and warm water. However, to make it easier on yourself, place small items like baby socks in a mesh bag so they don’t get lost. 

While baby clothes are fine to wash with other items, cloth diapers (as well as heavily soiled clothing) should be washed separately from other laundry.

Washing cloth diapers and treating stains

To make washing cloth diapers easier, rinse soiled diapers immediately with a spray over the toilet. Then, store them separately in a diaper pail with a lid until it’s time to wash, which should be daily or every few days.

Start with a cold prewash. Don’t soak diapers overnight as that can breed bacteria. The same goes for heavily soiled pieces, which should be rinsed and treated as soon as possible so the stain doesn’t set. To treat substances like spit-up, food stains, formula, baby oil, or pee and poop, rinse the fabric in cold water right away. Don’t use hot water, which helps stains set. Apply a prewash stain remover and follow the instructions for letting it sit before washing.

Once stains have been treated or rinsed, it’s time to wash the cloth diapers and heavily soiled fabrics. Use hot water for this load. If you have an HE washer and the garment care instructions allow, use the heavy soil setting for extra agitation to get substances out. Don’t forget to use an all-natural liquid laundry detergent, too. 

Charlie’s Soap is a proven-safe laundry detergent that is gentle on skin and ensures that no soap residue gets left behind in fabrics.

Drying clothes and diapers

Once washed, delicate items like sweaters and dresses should probably be laid flat to dry. Check garment care instructions if you’re unsure, but most clothing items and cloth diapers can be put in the dryer to tumble. Skip fabric softener, or stick to a softener that’s fragrance-free and dye-free if your baby’s skin is sensitive. 

If you can, line dry items out in direct sunlight for an extra dose of bacteria-killing and energy efficiency. 

Using the best baby-safe detergent

Doing laundry when you have little ones doesn’t have to be complicated, especially when you use a laundry detergent that does its job and is safe for everyone in the family. Charlie’s Soap Laundry Liquid in 1 gallon can last for up to 160 wash loads. You can get your baby’s clothes and diapers clean, in addition to your clothing, linens, towels, and whatever else needs to be washed. If you are new to Charlie’s Soap, and you want the best experience, garments previously washed in other detergents should be washed in Charlie’s Soap a few times to fully remove old residues.

Pretty soon, your baby’s clothes and diapers will be sparkly clean… and you won’t dread laundry time. Maybe.