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What do you use to launder baby's clothes?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

So these nesting posts got me thinking I should wash some clothes/blankets this weekend.  So popped to the store to buy laundry detergent and feel a bit confused.  I picked up some soap called "Baby Soft by Purex" but then saw all these fabric softeners with baby's on them.  I thought I read that you should avoid fragrance etc for baby's clothes.  So is liquid fabric softer recommended to use or even dryer sheets?  I was just going to use the soap, now I don't know!  Do I need something for the static cling? 

 

TIA!

post #2 of 21

I enjoyed this link (it's for cloth diapers, but I think it's good in general too): http://www.diaperjungle.com/detergent-chart.html

 

I haven't used softeners in years, just sometimes vinegar in the rinse (in a Bounce ball if you wish) or heavy duty aluminum foil balls in the dryer.

 

Apparently there are natural fabric softeners out there (Ecover? or Nature Clean?).

 

I just bought some Nature Clean to use on baby clothes and diapers.

post #3 of 21

I always put vinegar in the rinse and I don't have any problems with static cling. I haven't used fabric softener or dryer sheets since my son was born. He had sensitive skin (what newborn doesn't though:) so I avoided anything 'extra' especially if it had fragrance in it.

post #4 of 21

Same thing the rest of us use, which is currently the free/clear version of Purex (about 1/3 to 1/2 a cap, extra rinse with vinegar).

post #5 of 21
Just regular detergent, same as the rest of our clothes, unless she's sensitive to it.
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 

Laurie, Thanks for that link.  Good info on there.  How much vinegar do you guys put in the rinse cycle?  I like the idea of putting the vinegar in a bounce ball so I don't miss the rinse cycle.  So I bought detergent for the clothes, but forgot about washing my cloth diapers!  I did get some small samples of deteregent when I bought my dipes so that will do for the initial washing.  I'll just have to decide on a diaper detergent....

 

 

post #7 of 21

I use country save for everything. It is good for high efficiency washers and it's biodegradable. It is also very gentle because it doesn't have dyes or fragrances or harmful chemicals. I buy it in bulk from amazon; I pay about $65 for two years worth. 

I don't use any fabric softeners, I have dryer balls and they work just as well. They also cut down on drying time so they save electricity too. 

 

post #8 of 21

i use tide free and clear for everything. i do use fabric softener in the dryer for clothes. 

post #9 of 21

We now use tide original powder for everything.  It works for the diapers, so we started using it for everything.  I put vinegar in every rinse cycle, I do not know how much, it is just in the tray to the fill line.  I do use dryer sheets sometimes, but not liquid fabric softener.

post #10 of 21

We use Purex free and clear on everything and works fine. It still has brightners in it but most commercially prepared stuff contains some harmfull ingredients. I drive my dh crazy, everything he wants to buy is full of surfactants and fragrances. Yuck!

post #11 of 21

I use Seven Nations all natural whatever for most of our laundry....it's pricey, but I've been really lazy about buying the stuff that is just as good (if not better) in bulk online, so I'm being punished for my laziness with costly detergent from the store! I have a septic system, so I take biodegradable/septic safe pretty seriously and would never use Tide or anything like that. Will/would never use any kind of softener.

For baby clothes I'm using Rockin' Green for Hard Water in an attempt to avoid build-up on the cloth, so far so good.

Absolutely DO NOT use Dreft or anything like that. That stuff is so freaking nasty it's not even funny. Those softeners and fragrances are made from very, very bad things and is the very furthest thing from "good for sensitive skin". I cannot figure out why that stuff is what "Everyone" uses for baby clothes! YUCK!

post #12 of 21

We use All Free & Clear and vinegar for dipes. I'm open to switching if there's something better and easy to store....storing bulk is the issue and since we have hard water I stopped using powder detergents.....Need to start sunning the baby clothes and dipes!

post #13 of 21

We just use the same detergent for everyone. The baby is going to be held by me, my husband, and the children, who all get their clothes washed in Tide. If we have issues, I'll be marking this thread for ideas. 

 

post #14 of 21

i dont know what we will use for diapers but i use a natural, biodegradeable, hypoallergenic detergent on our clothes. i cant remember the brand but i like it because it doesnt smell like anything and its ok for our septic.

 

why exactly are fabric softeners and dryer sheets necessary? ive only ever used detergent on my clothes and when i smell clothes that have been washed in that smelly stuff, i find it really off putting. nevermind the awful ingredients in them.

post #15 of 21

Fabric softeners (whether liquid or dryer sheets) are not necessary.  If you don't overuse detergent (and the amount indicated is often too much), use adequate water so that clothing can agitate freely, do not overstuff your washer, then you won't need softener.  Softener just adds a layer of goo that covers up scratchy detergent residue--and along the way, reduces absorbency of textiles while increasing wear.  Getting all the detergent out does wonders.  Also--don't overdry (wrinklesaver = static buildup) and if you have static issues, don't dry synthetics and natural fibers together.

 

We use vinegar in the rinse cycle to help get the rest of the detergent out.  And we usually give towels an extra rinse.

 

post #16 of 21

That makes a lot of sense because once we switched to a HE washer and stopped using so much detergent (less than they recommend) and stopped drying the clothes for so long we stopped having scatchy clothes and stopped having static cling, I don't miss fabric softener at all anymore and we don't use anything at all but the dryer balls. 

post #17 of 21

I'm using Nellie's washing soda for everything now. Seems to work great! Dryer balls in place of fabric softener. I like how the dryer balls cut down on dry time for me. And repel pet hair. :)

post #18 of 21

That is interesting on the level of detergent.  We use about a TBL and then a vinegar rinse.  I don't use liquid fabric softener ever and I occasionally use dryer sheets.   Even though our detergent is scented, the vinegar must really get it out.  I'm always surprised at how strong smelling stuff is that my mom washes for us.  I'm used to non-scented laundry now.

post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by BroodyWoodsgal View Post

I use Seven Nations all natural whatever for most of our laundry....it's pricey, but I've been really lazy about buying the stuff that is just as good (if not better) in bulk online, so I'm being punished for my laziness with costly detergent from the store! I have a septic system, so I take biodegradable/septic safe pretty seriously and would never use Tide or anything like that. Will/would never use any kind of softener.

For baby clothes I'm using Rockin' Green for Hard Water in an attempt to avoid build-up on the cloth, so far so good.

Absolutely DO NOT use Dreft or anything like that. That stuff is so freaking nasty it's not even funny. Those softeners and fragrances are made from very, very bad things and is the very furthest thing from "good for sensitive skin". I cannot figure out why that stuff is what "Everyone" uses for baby clothes! YUCK!



I've never understood the Dreft thing either!  It smells nice, I guess if you aren't aware of much more beyond that and you don't have sensitive skin, it doesn't matter?

 

I hadn't heard of any special detergent for hard water, I might have to try that! I remember using some kind of water softener in a box to strip diapers in the past so I'm wondering if I will have problems again. Once I took my diapers on vacation to Cape Cod where the water is a lot softer and I could not believe the suds that came out of them when I did a presoak!

 

Anyway, my answer for now is I have some unknown brand of a free and clear type detergent. For everyone else I have some cheap smelly stuff dh got that I am trying to use up and a thing of Arm and Hammer. I used to get the giant Costco jug of free and clear, I will probably go back to that. 

 

My washer has a thing on the agitator for fabric softener (or vinegar) and it's broken. So everything either goes in at the beginning or not at all.

post #20 of 21

ugh, I just looked at the ingredients in our detergent and would like to use it up before baby arrives---Purex Free & Clear (isn't all that). We definitely have hard water, but cost is an issue. I'd really like to use the same detergent for everything, dipes included. What do you all think? I looked at Rockin' Green but it seems like alot of $ cf: to what I'm paying.....

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