Taking care of kids: how to wash kid's laundry

Taking care of kids: how to wash kid's laundry

When someone has a smooth and velvet skin, it is said that he has “a skin like a baby”… a delicate and perfumed skin, particularly reactive and thin. In the first months of life, it still has to form and to start accomplishing all its functions and, for this reason, it is really permeable and undefended.


In fact, for little kids it is important to use suitable products, in the respect of their skin pH, less acid than the adults’ one. It is also important to clothe them with well-washed clothes, that in contact with skin, will not cause cutaneous allergies because of the fibers’ composition and the possible residual of treatments or detergents on tissues.

The newborn layette includes an ample range of clothes: from bodysuits, bibs, rompers, shirts, tshirts, panties, pyjamas… to washable diapers (for the most green and courageous mums). Then there are blankets, sheets, towels and also toys and puppets! Tissue types are a lot, but of course, during the choice, it is better to entrust to natural materials such as cotton, bamboo, chenille that are the most soft and do not cause irritations by contact or rubbing. But how to wash all these clothes?


First washing newborn’s clothes


Before the birth, it is appropriate to wash all the clothes of the baby layette to erase every trace of treating substances, probably used during the production, or dust deposited before the use.
It is better to use the washing machine, sanitized with the Percarbonate, about 150 gr in the basket with an empty washing at 60 °C. For the laundry, it is suitable to use an ecological liquid laundry detergent for kids’ clothes, with vegetable origin raw materials, possibly with a short production chain and from organic farming, like our Biricco Liquid Laundry Detergent: it is dermatologically tested and it is indicated also for delicate and wool clothes, easily to rinse. Then, hang the laundry to make it dry and put it in bags with hermetic closure or as indicated by the hospital (that normally gives a list of things for the birth).

The list ok kid's dowry


Following washes…


It is always a good thing to separate bodysuits and linens from clothes, that most of them is colored, and wash them separated. A hand washing is suitable for delicate or not particularly dirty clothes, but you have to pay attention to the rinsing to avoid soap and detergent residuals. For that, it is important not to exceed in the dose and to use a liquid detergent easy to rinse. The washing machine has of course a more efficient rinsing and it is possible to programme it with a double rinsing. The washing temperature has to be set up following the machine instructions and the detergent quantity has to be dosed with the dosing ball, to avoid useless and damaging overdoses.


Which detergent to use for baby clothes?


As told earlier, liquid or powder, it is better an ecological detergent with natural origin and not petrochemical raw materials. The liquid is more indicated in case of delicate or not so dirty clothes, with washing until 40 °C, while the powder is more efficient in case of very dirty tissues or stained by fruits, with washing over 40 °C.

It is useful to look for information about ingredients, on the label or on the web, and possibly to avoid:

Optical bleaches that drop down on tissues, wash after wash, compromising the absorbency of some tissues and they could cause irritations, as in touch h24 with the delicate skin of kids;

Perfumes, that could cause allergies by contact.


How to sanitize and whiten kids’ clothes


To sanitize, it is useless to add bicarbonate to the washing, as some mums do: let’s dispel the myth of the bicarbonate used as disinfectant… its action intensify the solution’s pH, so without a real efficacy on the washing, but it can also cause the limestone deposit on tissues, making them harder and damaging them without bactericide action.
To have a sanitizing action, it is useful to add to the washing a tablespoon of Sodium Percarbonate, possibly formuled with ingredients that impede the limestone deposit on tissue, and to programme the washing at a temperature over 40 °C, where the formula makes active oxygen free: it sanitizes and erase bad smells, including the ammonia smell, that sometimes can stay on the washable diapers. Percarbonate is recommended to be used on light clothes or with resistant colours, because it has a whitening action, more powerful if you hang the laundry out at the sun.


The Bleaching Percarbonate is suitable to sanitize the kid's laundry


How to pre-treat the kids’ clothes


It is better to avoid the Marseille Soap, because it can stay on some tissues, like the washable diapers: it covers them and so it reduces the absorbency. Moreover the stain remover action of Percarbonate, a more specific product comes useful to spray on the spots, even on delicate clothes. Let it act few seconds before the washing. We suggest the ecological Stain Remover or the Multi Surface Degreaser (for grass stains) from Solara line: following the label instructions, they do not leave residuals, for that they are safe for the delicate skin of kids.

Softeners: yes or no?


All the mums would like for their children a soft and perfumed laundry, like their baby’s skin, but not all of them know that softeners contain substances that deposit on tissue compromising the absorbency. Moreover, they contain thickens, perlants and perfumes (often of petrochemical origin), that can easily irritate the baby’s skin and cause dermatitis. It is suggest replacing them with Citric Acid, a natural product with lots of benefits: melt in water for a solution at 15% and pour it in the washing machine softener bowl (and so during the rinse). It is useful to sweeten the water, to softener laundry’s fibers and to erase possible residuals of detergents and addictives. In fact, it neutralizes the alkaline factor and brings tissues to a pH closer to the kid skin’s one.

The Citric Acid replaces the softener in the kid's laundry


In the end, kid’s laundry looks like complicate but these are just suggestions to help mums in dissolving any doubts on the various products on the market. Good advices for a perfect laundry, even with adults’ clothes. Following these modalities, we can guarantee to your babies a less polluted and safer world for their health!

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Buongiorno, grazie per il bel articolo, avrei bisogno di un consiglio per i pannolini lavabili, dal momento che ci sono spesso residui di feci li pre-tratto sempre con sapone di Marsiglia anche se tende a cerarli. Però dopo averli sciacquati li lascio una notte a bagno con la soluzione di acido citrico al 15% e il giorno dopo faccio il lavaggio in lavatrice. Potrebbe essere efficace? Anche perchè le feci le devo togliere prima di mettere i pannolini in lavatrice. Per il percarbonato invece sapevo che era attivo già con i 40°, infatti i pannolini li lavo a 40°, devo aumentare la temperatura? Inoltre ho acquistato il libro sui detersivi ecologici e ho trovato molto utile fare una soluzione con il vostro detergente all'ossigeno attivo che utilizzo per disinfettare e lavare i sanitari e altre superfici o per sbiancare alcune macchie dai capi bianchi. Andrebbe bene anche per i pannolini lavabili? Inoltre posso mettere la diluizione all'ossigeno attivo in lavatrice come candeggina delicata? Grazie per le risposte

Officina Naturae's reply

Buongiorno Alessandra, grazie a te, perché ci dai modo di chiarire: la soluzione di Acido Citrico al 15% non ha alcuna efficacia contro la ceratura causata dall’uso del sapone di Marsiglia. Quindi, se vuoi pretrattare i pannolini col sapone di Marsiglia, ti consigliamo un ammollo oltre i 40 °C con Percarbonato (max 5 ore se si tratta di tessuti bianchi). Il Percarbonato, infatti, essendo alcalino, aiuta a rimuovere la ceratura dai tessuti. In alternativa, se vuoi sbiancare macchie marroni/gialle a freddo, puoi utilizzare lo Smacchiatore Igienizzante Solara ma, in questo caso, non avresti alcun effetto sulla ceratura. Per il lavaggio in lavatrice dei pannolini è sicuramente più efficace una temperatura superiore ai 40 °C, a prescindere dall’utilizzo del Percarbonato, dipende da quanto sporchi sono i pannolini ma anche dalle indicazioni di fabbrica degli stessi. In caso di pannolini molto sporchi da feci o ingrigiti, consigliamo l’uso della Polvere Lavatrice, che contiene già Percarbonato ed è sicuramente più efficace di un detersivo liquido. Invece, per quanto riguarda la soluzione che usi per detergere i sanitari, se come “detergente all’ossigeno attivo” intendi il nostro Smacchiatore Igienizzante, ok, puoi utilizzarla per smacchiare i capi bianchi e pannolini lavabili ed eventualmente mettere 20 ml nella pallina dosatrice durante il lavaggio. Se però come “detergente all'ossigeno attivo” intendi il nostro Detergente Universale, fai attenzione, perché non si può mettere in lavatrice, ti creerebbe troppa schiuma e danneggerebbe la lavatrice. Speriamo di essere stati esaustivi, ti invitiamo comunque a chiamarci o a scriverci via email a info@officinanaturae.com per ulteriori informazioni. Grazie!


grazie per i vostri consigli. da tempo già utilizzo il vostro percarbonato e, devo dire, rende puliti tutti i capi, anche quelli con le macchie più difficili. l'acido citrico lo sto usando al posto dell'ammorbidente, ma non sono completamente soddisfatta

Officina Naturae's reply

Ciao Chiara, siamo felici che il nostro Percarbonato ti piaccia e ci dispiace un po’ per l'Acido Citrico. Chiaramente l'Acido Citrico non può assolvere completamente a tutte le funzioni dell'Ammorbidente. Noi lo consigliamo soprattutto a chi desidera avere un bucato morbido ma non profumato per motivi di delicatezza della pelle o allergie ai profumi. L’Ammorbidente è sicuramente più performante dell’Acido Citrico: quest’ultimo è già contenuto nell’Ammorbidente, ma ci sono altri ingredienti, la cui azione rende i capi ancora più morbidi e profumati. In ogni caso, se vuoi chiederci ulteriori spiegazioni, ti invitiamo a scriverci via email a info@officinanaturae.com. Grazie!