When it comes to their newborn babies, most mothers do not dare take risks and leave anything to chance. They are vigilant in making sure each and every item for their babies is only the best, whether it’s the most recommended baby formula, or the gentlest and most hypoallergenic baby shampoo.
The same level of care and meticulousness comes to washing the dirty pile of clothes, blankets, and pillows of their babies.
New clothes for babies must be washed before use. This is to ensure the clothes are thoroughly cleaned and sanitised before coming into contact with a baby’s skin, which is usually sensitive and can be harmed by the slightest residue or irritant. To avoid damaging or losing small baby clothes when washing them, place the items in a mesh bag, before loading them for machine-wash and dry. Experts in laundry services in Dubai add that if there are hooks or fasteners in your baby’s clothes, make sure these will not get caught with the others to avoid getting damaged.
Another precaution is to look at the care label of your baby’s clothes so you can quickly get an idea what should and should not be done. For example, some baby clothes have flame-resistant materials. If you use bleach on them, the effectiveness of these fabrics may be compromised.
Most parents would rather be on the safe side, so they choose a baby-specific detergent for washing their baby’s clothes and other laundry items. Others opt for non-biological detergents as these do not contain stain-decomposing enzymes that may potentially irritate baby skin. However, some experts say going this far is only necessary if your baby has sensitive skin. If not, you can use normal cleaning agents that you usually use with your everyday laundry. You may prefer a liquid detergent, as this can be completely rinsed out, unlike with powder detergents.
Stains should be treated as soon as possible. Immediately washing them with water usually does the trick, and prevents the stain from solidifying or soaking further into the fabric.
For stains caused by proteins (baby formula, breastmilk, spit, or food stains), it is best to soak the fabric in cool water, with a product that has enzymes. As an alternative, you can try an all-purpose stain remover and wash the fabric normally.
For urine stains, treat it with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of ammonia diluted in 1 cup of water. Just dab a small amount of the mixture on the affected area. For best results, use a stain remover and wash regularly.
For fruit/vegetable stains, there are three methods you can try. First is to wash the stain with cool water. Second is to soak the garment in a cleaning solution containing 1-to-1 parts of water and rubbing alcohol, then hand wash normally. Third involves the use of a prewash stain removal product, then normal laundering. If that does not work, you can leave the garment in a solution of 1-to-1 white vinegar and water. If you need professional assistance in managing the pile of baby clothes sitting at your home, visit the GCL.AE website and contact their laundry experts and dry cleaners.