Laundry Detergent For Baby Clothes. What Should I Know?

By: The Cleancult Team

September 18, 2017

If you’re looking at this page, chances are you are a first time parent (or future parent) and, like any responsible parent, are wondering what is best for your baby (Good for you!). And honestly, all the baby clothes detergents and laundry pods options make everything a little overwhelming. And the giant piles of laundry that you’re gonna get in the following months or years are not going to make things easier. We’re talking clothing, bedding, towels, bibs, cloth diapers, car seat covers, etc.

When thinking about which detergent to use for baby clothes, some of the questions that may come to your head are: “What is the best detergent for babies? Should I use Dreft detergent? Purex detergent? Are all baby detergents the same? Which one is safer both for baby clothes and for my baby’s skin? Does regular detergent clean baby clothes the same way they clean ours? Should I use a gentle laundry detergent for babies’ clothes?”

Well, the answer is that, even though regular detergents can clean every type of clothes, the problem is that all the residue that is in the clothes after you wash it may harm your baby’s skin. They can even cause eye or skin irritation and, in some cases, skin breakouts. If your baby’s skin is sensitive, you should opt for a mild, or gentle, detergent specially made for babies’ clothes. Skin rashes may look harmless at first, but may actually be painful for your baby. For some tips about skin rashes related to laundry detergents, head on over to our blog!


However, choosing the best kind of laundry detergent to buy for our babies can be hard and confusing. The main things you should consider are: is the detergent gentle and specifically made for baby clothes? Is the detergent chemical free and/or non toxic? How effective is this detergent? Remember that not all baby detergents are the same, so be sure to know which one you are buying and what chemicals may be inside your bottle of detergent or in your laundry pods. The best way to know which is the best detergent for your family is by reading reviews online and looking for information about the detergents that you are thinking about buying before going to the store, that way you won’t feel pressured to buy the first thing you see on the baby aisle and then going back to buy a different one if you’re not convinced.

Once you decide which detergent is better for your baby, you may consider washing your own clothes with that detergent, too! There are good chances that your baby is going to come into contact with your own clothes more than a couple of times in a day, either when cuddling, cradling, feeding or playing. In other words, your baby is definitely going to come into contact with the laundry detergent that you are using. If the detergent you are using on your own clothes contains harmful or toxic chemicals, then your baby is going to experience them as if he is wearing them. Remember this when choosing the detergent with which you wash your clothes.

So our recommendation is that you use chemical free and non toxic laundry detergent when washing both your baby’s clothes and your own, whether or not they are specially made for baby clothes, since they don’t leave behind the toxic goop leftover when washing with regular detergent. These leftover chemicals are one of the most harmful aspects about washing your baby clothes with regular detergent. Avoid them at all cost! Cleancult is a great option in this sense. It’s non toxic, free of harmful chemicals and safe for the environment. Our different laundry plans make it easier for families to never run out of detergent, too! So be safe, be clean, and enjoy being with the newest member of your family!