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How to Find the Right Baby Detergent

Jan 29, 2024Andrew Linfoot

When it comes to washing your baby's clothes, it's crucial to choose the right detergent. Babies have delicate skin, and the wrong detergent can cause irritations or allergies.

In this guide, we'll walk you through selecting the perfect baby detergent, focusing on the most suitable ingredients and what to avoid.

Which Ingredients Should You Look For?

Opting for natural ingredients in your laundry detergent is the best choice for your baby. Here’s what you should look for:

  • Mild Surfactants: Gentle surfactants like Palm-Free Decyl Glucoside found in our laundry sheets are kind to delicate skin.

  • Natural Fragrances: If you prefer scented detergents, choose ones with natural fragrances that are less likely to irritate the skin.

  • Biodegradable Ingredients: These are not only better for the environment but are also usually gentler on the skin.

Which Ingredients Should You Avoid in a Baby Detergent?

Certain ingredients in laundry detergents can be harsh on a baby's skin. Here’s what to steer clear of:

  • Harsh Chemicals: Avoid detergents with strong chemicals like chlorine, phosphates, and synthetic fragrances.

  • Dyes: These can be unnecessary irritants in detergents and are best avoided.

  • Brighteners: Chemical brighteners can leave residues on clothes that may irritate a baby’s skin.

What is the Best Baby Detergent Option?

The best baby detergents are those that are gentle yet effective. They should have:

  • Mild Cleaning Agents: To remove stains and dirt without being harsh on the skin.

  • Skin-Friendly pH: A balanced pH level ensures that the detergent is gentle on delicate skin.

Do You Need a Separate "Baby Detergent"?  

It's not always necessary to use a separate detergent for your baby’s clothes, especially if you choose a detergent that's free from harsh chemicals.

However, if your baby has sensitive skin conditions like eczema, you might need a specialised detergent.

If Your Baby Has Eczema  

If your child suffers from eczema, it's essential to:

  • Avoid Fragrances: Choose fragrance-free options as fragrances can aggravate eczema.

  • Gentle Formulas: Look for hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested detergents.

Tips for Washing Your Baby's Clothes

  • Normal Wash: You can generally add your baby's clothes to a normal wash unless they have eczema.

  • Pre-Wash New Clothes: Always wash new clothes before your baby wears them for the first time to remove any residues or chemicals from the manufacturing process.

Choosing the right baby detergent means finding one that’s gentle, free from harsh chemicals, and suitable for your baby’s specific needs.

Our sheets are an excellent choice, combining mild cleaning agents and eco-friendliness, ideal for keeping your baby's clothes clean and their skin irritation-free.

Discover our range of baby-friendly laundry solutions at The Green Company.

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