Post # 1
We just washed a TON of baby clothes using the Tide detergent that we usually use. Later, somebody told me that it is recommended to use perfume-free detergent because baby’s skin may be sensitive. Is this consideration important enough to rewash all of those clothes? Our baby is not born yet, so we don’t know what her fragrance tolerance will be.
Post # 3
@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 # 4
@mysterybee123: I used cheer or tide all the time and just double rinsed everything.
Post # 5
@mysterybee123: I switched the whole house to tide free & gentle. Dreft has a strong odor.
Post # 6
@mysterybee123: I have never had a problem with detergent with my son and I make my own laundry detergent.
Post # 7
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
@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
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
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
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 Darling Husband has sensitive skin and it works for him.
Post # 12
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
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
@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.
Post # 15
Thanks for the input everybody. I won’t worry about rewashing the clothes just yet. If she ends up being sensitive to the detergent we regularly use, I’ll try some of the special brands you all have mentioned.