Updated: Sep 23, 2020
The baby is about to arrive and it's time to do the laundry. But how? What products to use? At what temperature?
It's actually simpler than you think, there are only small recommendations that need to be kept in mind. First of all it is good to always wash clothes before putting them on the child, even if they are new. We do not know how these clothes were transported, who touched and handled them before us and how long they have been on display in the shop. For the first few months it would be advisable to wash the baby's clothes separately so that there is no contact with potential germs present on the adult clothes. The laundry basket should also be separated. If your circumstances do not allow you to do separate washes, be careful not to put the baby's clothes together with work clothes. It is also important to choose a suitable detergent. Not necessarily a "baby" detergent (much more expensive), a hypoallergenic and organic liquid detergent will do just fine. In the case of hand washing, a neutral soap is recommended. Softener, on the other hand, is not recommended because it increases the risk of unwanted reactions on the delicate skin of the newborn. It is not necessary to wash clothes at high temperatures, you can choose the cycle for delicates (or a different program by adding the "extra rinse" function in order to eliminate all traces of detergent) and excellent results are obtained already at 30-40 degrees, with energy and economic savings. Furthermore, there is no need to sanitize the garments, we do not live in a sterile environment and sanitation would last very little. The sanitizing substances are also very aggressive both on the baby's skin and on the environment. Not to mention that excessive cleaning increases the risk of allergies and dermatitis! For the dreaded stains (milk, pee, poop and subsequently food and grass) it is advisable to rinse the garment immediately with neutral soap to prevent it from drying out. In this way there is more chance that it will go away. The dryer can be used even if, for an economic and environmental issue, it is advisable to hang the clothes if you have the possibility. Last trick is for washable nappies. It is not necessary to wash them separately and you do not need detergents or special products. They can in fact be washed with the rest of the laundry as long as they are first soaked with neutral soap. Good laundry everyone!