Laundry detergent and baby

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@mysterybee123:  My baby isn’t here yet, but I’ve heard the same thing. They try to sell you draft, but any fragrance free, dye free soap would probably be okay. Me bought All Free & Clear. With all that said, I probably wouldn’t rewash your clothes if I were you unless I had literally nothing else left to do to prepare for baby. 

Post # 6
6658 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@mysterybee123:  I have never had a problem with detergent with my son and I make my own laundry detergent.  

Post # 7
260 posts
Helper bee

I have heard this, but have always used regular detergent and have never had a problem.  I’d say wait and see if you’re baby has sensitive skin before you go buy a seperate (more expensive) detergent and go crazy rewashing.

Post # 8
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@mysterybee123:  I actually just washed baby clothes for the first time this weekend. I had some sample packets of Dreft and someone got us a bottle of it. I actually hate it. It’s expensive, and the baby clothes smell really strong. We use All Free and Clear, so I think I am going to start using that for the remainder of the clothes. I don’t plan on rewashing anything at this point though.

Post # 9
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i personally am allergic to tide, and most other laundry detergents (and all fabric softeners and dryer sheets). the only one that doesn’t bother my skin is purex, and i prefer the ultra free and clear one.

IMO, dreft isn’t that great. when my niece was born, my mom bought a bottle to keep in the house. it didn’t get her clothes clean at all. so mom used purex on them, and she was fine. so was my nephew.

Post # 10
1558 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wouldn’t switch detergents yet.  If you notice your baby having allergies or sensitivity issues, I would address it then.  Because, from what I understand, it isn’t as common as everyone makes it out to be.  Also, I have heard Tide and Deft are almost identical formulas, so I think you are fine!

Post # 11
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We use trader joes, it’s scented with lavender essential oil but you can’t really smell it at all. Well just continue to use that for baby because DH has sensitive skin and it works for him.

Post # 12
1414 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve been washing my baby’s clothes with Gain and it doesn’t seem to bother him. At first I was washing his clothes separate from ours so I could use a baby-friendly, mild detergent but it’s so much easier to wash all of our laundry together.

Post # 13
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

This is one of the things I freaked out about during pregnancy and spent way too much time researching. I landed on Nellie’s Laundry Soda and it is the most wonderful detergent I’ve ever used – no fragrance, cleans great. And while I originally got it on Amazon, I often find it for super cheap at TJ Maxx now.

Post # 14
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@mysterybee123:  I started washing all of DS clothes in Tide Free & Clear and without a dryer sheet. Then I added the dryer sheet because his clothes were really staticy. Then I realized how much time he spends on our clothes/bedding that is washed in normal Tide (nap time on Mommy, Tummy Time in our bed…etc), and that he’s never had a reaction. So after I used up the first bottel of Free&Clear, I now wash everything together in regular Tide.

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