Top 10 Laundry Tips for Children’s Clothes

by Elaine on May 25, 2006 · 8 comments

in Baby Things,Family,Popular,Reviews

GSI Commerce- Babies R UsDuring my second pregnancy, I unpacked all of my firstborn’s baby clothes that I had so carefully boxed away two years earlier. I was so disappointed to see so many stains from spit up, baby food, and… well, never mind! I realized that I had learned a lot about laundering children’s clothes in the last two years. I thought I’d share these tips with all you parents out there.

  1. Keep a bucket of water and half a scoop of OxiClean in the laundry room for soaking heavily soiled items until you are ready to run the washing machine. On laundry day, drain the bucket and place the wet clothes in the washer. If your washing machine has a “Drain/Spin” or “Rinse/Spin” setting, use that to remove as much of the dirty water as possible. Add the remaining laundry & the detergent after the initial spin cycle is completed.
  2. Pre-treat all stains with Spray N Wash or or similar product. Place in the soaking bucket if you’re not going to wash the item right away.
  3. Add a scoop of OxiClean along with the detergent to keep clothes looking new.
  4. If you avoid bleach and hot water, you can don’t need to separate whites & colors. I just wash all the baby and toddler laundry together.
  5. Unscented laundry detergents work just as well as those marketed to babies. Some infants are even sensitive to the “baby scent” added to certain products. The same goes for OxiClean vs. Baby OxiClean.
  6. Do not use fabric softener or dryer sheets on children’s clothes. This removes the flame retardant coating placed by the manufacturers.
  7. When baby spits up (or worse) on Mom or Dad, treat the soiled clothes just as you would the children’s. Pre-treat, soak, etc.
  8. For newborns and those with sensitive skin, wash parents’ shirts, infant bedding, baby towels, and anything that comes in contact with baby’s skin just as you would the infant’s own clothes.
  9. Use the extra rinse option, if your machine has it.
  10. Add bedding, towels, or your clothes to the children’s clothes if you don’t have enough to run a full load.

See also Tip #5 of Top 10 Must Haves for New Parents. Do you have any other great laundry tips? We’d love to hear them!
GSI Commerce- Babies R Us

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1 Kayan June 5, 2006 at 9:23 pm

For stubborn stains like sauces, ink, etc:

You can use lemon. Works like a clorox, just put a few drops on the stain. But the you would have to put it outside under the sun for more effective results.

But if you want a very very very fast way… use agua oxinada – stains go away in a few blinks of an eye. I got this tip from the nurses who always have to keep their white uniform all bright and white.



2 Marlo June 6, 2006 at 12:34 am

Thanks for your tips, Kayan. I just found out what’s agua oxinada, hydrogen peroxide. That can sure take out any stain along with the skin on your fingers if you are not careful.


3 neisola July 6, 2007 at 8:36 am

I was researching laundry detergent and came across this discussion.

Appreciate the info, but I question the logic of leaving a soaking bucket around with toddlers and babies. Even if you have a tight fitting lid, it’s easy to get lazy and forget to put the lid on.


4 Marlo July 6, 2007 at 10:33 am

Hi neisola,

We agree with you, leaving a bucket full of water on the floor is extremely dangerous to children. This is why we have the soaking bucket sitting inside the laundry tub. The tub is high enough to keep out of reach from children.

We appreciate you for pointing that out. We will clarify it on our post.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


5 Maternity Clothes February 20, 2008 at 6:03 am

Great tips! Definitely going to be using some of those. Thanks a lot.


6 Amanda January 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Thanks for the tips! I had the same problem when I pulled out some baby clothes. Oxiclean did the trick for all the ones that I found. I also found that white vinegar acts as a natural fabric softner. My friend and I started a laundry service from our homes and it’s great!
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