After a baby arrives, it can seem as if the laundry doubles! Many parents think
they need to use baby detergent to clean their little one's clothes.
And when a newborn's skin is sensitive, this can be true.
But if baby detergent isn't getting rid of stains and odors as well as you'd like,
it might be time to switch to a regular liquid detergent. (Liquid
detergents can rinse out easier than powder detergents, so might be better for sensitive
Unless your baby has allergies,
dermatitis, or another condition causing sensitive skin, washing your little one's
clothes with the rest of the family's clothes isn't likely to irritate your baby's
If you switch from a baby detergent, test wash one piece of your baby's clothing
with a color- and fragrance-free detergent. If you notice a skin reaction, stick with
baby detergent for a little while longer. Whatever detergent you choose, avoid anti-static
products or fabric softeners, which often have chemicals and fragrances that can irritate
Note: Cloth diapersdo need to be separated from your regular laundry because harsh detergents
can cause diaper rash. Wash these with mild baby detergent
in hot water and be sure to double rinse each load.