December 20, 2016

How to wash your baby’s clothes: A parent’s guide

Caring for babies is tough because besides the baby, you have to take care of their stuff. Like their clothes. We prioritize breast milk to feed them, use sterilizers for their bottles, and supplement their health with vitamins. But what about cleaning their clothes? Just put them in the washing machine and be done with it, right? No, actually, don’t.

So say you wash them normally without help of a washing machine. You remove the splotches of Gerber and mashed potatoes and carrots and all that, then you soak them in water. Then you rinse them but the stains are still there. Here are some things that can help you out.

Enzyme cleaner


For breast milk, formula milk, food stains, and spit-up (that’s a nice way of saying your child puked all over his/her clothes), use an enzyme cleaner. These are non-toxic and effective in breaking down stains. A good example is the CitraSolv’s Homesolv: CitraDrain Natural Enzyme Drain Cleaner (Valencia Orange). If there’s still a faint trace of the stain, apply a combination solvent and then wash as usual.

Baking Soda/Alcohol/White Vinegar

If you’re cleaning nappies with poop stains (or worse, a deluge of poop, like it’s poop with clothes on it), consider using baking soda. There are other bleach options that you can try such as hydrogen peroxide and oxygen bleach, but these might be more irritating than baking soda, which is nonabrasive and very light. So just pour some baking soda on the stained area and brush it off until it disappears before washing normally.


Most babies are introduced to fruits and vegetables early on and some fruits and vegetables can leave nasty stains. To deal with these, you can mix soaking water with rubbing alcohol (1:1) then apply and rub it on the stain. If the stain still does not come off, lightly bleach the area by soaking it in a one-to-one mixture of white vinegar and water.

Cornstarch/Baby powder

Baby products, such as baby oil, petroleum jelly, lotion, and other creams could also stain your baby’s clothes. To remove these, you could use cornstarch or baby powder to absorb the oil but only when the stain is still fresh. You can scrape off the stain after 15 minutes. Afterwards, apply a combination solvent, like Shout and Spray ‘n Wash before washing normally.

Baby Clothes Washing Machines


However, there are going to be times when you can’t hand wash your baby’s clothes because you’re incapacitated or terribly busy. But you can’t just leave your baby’s clothes dirty just like you can’t leave your clothes dirty because then what are you gonna wear and what is the baby gonna wear? Thank goodness for technology, right? There are washers now that are specifically made to wash baby garments. A good example is the Sumo Twin Tub Baby Clothes Compact Washing Machine.


But what if you don’t feel like needing another machine in the house to wash just baby clothes because you lack home space, there’s the Samsung Baby Care Washer, Stainless Platinum (for Baby Clothes and Reusable Diapers). This has six additional rinses that removes detergent residue that can be harsh to your baby’s skin while still keeping your baby’s clothes, cloth diapers, and your own active wear both soft and clean. Finally, it also has high temperature sanitization that safeguards your baby’s clothes from germs and bacteria. (Just be sure that before washing the baby clothes, you’ve already rinsed all the loose stain and debris away.)

Washing clothes is already a task in itself but cleaning baby clothes is the extra mile you have to go for your baby. Do you know of any other tips and tricks to help clean baby clothes? Write it in the comments!