Baby Guide, Care & Health

How to wash baby clothes

Use a mild detergent to keep baby skin from irritating – baby clothes and the sensitive organism: as soon as the offspring is there, household laundry is enriched with baby clothes. How often does it have to be washed? Is there anything special to consider?

Particularly important: pollutant-free

When buying baby clothes, responsible parents make sure they are free of harmful substances: when worn, they can be released and come into contact with the skin. Also, babies like to put everything in the mouth, so harmful substances can penetrate into the organism. This is still under development; the immune system is not yet fully developed. Therefore, various pollutants, both on the skin and internally trigger symptoms or at worst even in the long term lead to diseases and allergies.

Since wearing the clothes promotes the formation of nuclei, for example, by sweating, it must – also for the good of health – be washed frequently. Contamination by spitting, vomiting or the diaper contents also occur.

For all cleaning measures, the same applies when buying baby clothes: The textiles should remain free from harmful substances. This makes parents face special demands because more aggressive detergent is not suitable for small children and stronger impurities need to be removed without any chemical agents.

Also, care must be taken to ensure that the baby clothes are not washed together with textiles that are contaminated with pollutants.

How often do you wash?

New baby clothing should always be washed at least once before wearing it for the first time to remove any residue. These may be contaminants or impregnation agents. Also, you do not know what the clothes came into contact with during manufacturing or trading.

Then your baby wears the clothes, and it comes, as adults, to new impurities. Baby clothes must, therefore, be washed regularly. There is no rule of thumb for the frequency. For obvious spots and impurities, of course, always a cleaning due.

Since babies like to drool or suck on the sleeves, the clothes in everyday life with all sorts of touch and babies are still quite sensitive; the intervals should not be too long otherwise.

Detergent, softener and stain remover

Use a mild detergent so as not to irritate the baby’s skin unnecessarily. If your child has particularly sensitive skin or is allergic, it is advisable. In the trade, you receive appropriate products, especially for baby laundry. If you also use them for your laundry, there is nothing to prevent them from being put into the machine together with your baby’s.

However, if you have the suspicion that your clothes could be polluted, separate washing is advised. The addition of a disinfectant is by the way not necessary for baby clothes, the ingredients of detergent are sufficient for cleaning.

It is often recommended not to use fabric softeners as they are suspected of triggering allergies. An old housewife tip for soft laundry is to admit some vinegar. In the dryer, the clothes also softer, as if it dries in the air. However, you do not have to do without fabric softener in general, because manufacturers also offer special means for baby laundry here.

Especially with baby clothes, stains and heavy soiling are not uncommon. Chemical stain removers are unsuitable for the reasons already mentioned. Many, even more, intensive soiling can be successfully treated with gall soap, without leaving stains behind: rubbed into the stain, then the clothes can be washed as usual.

Milk stains can be washed in advance with cold water. For grass stains, it is recommended to treat them with lemon juice before washing. For spinach spots there is a tip from “grandma’s times,” she before washing with a potato half.

Detergents, softeners and stain removers suitable for baby clothes can be found here.

The right temperature

Basically, of course, the manufacturer’s specification is crucial at what temperature the clothes can be washed. Often 40 ° C is given as the maximum value and sufficient, with greater pollution, such as may be caused by vomit or diaper accidents, should be treated in advance accordingly.

Bed linen should always be washed at 60 ° C to 95 ° C. These temperatures are also useful if your child suffers from a house dust allergy to kill mites and reliably remove their legacies. When you buy, pay attention to the temperatures at which the laundry is suitable.


  • Wash before first use
  • Use gentle detergent
  • Pay attention to a suitable softener
  • no chemical stain removal agents
  • Observe the temperature specifications of the manufacturer



  • Access used clothes (available on baby bazaars or in thrift shops)! This protects your wallet and is better for the health of your child, as these clothes have been washed frequently

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