As new parents, we are faced with many unknowns, from what to feed my baby to what to use on her hair and skin. But did you ever think that one day you’d also have to ask yourself what the best baby laundry detergent is to use for your baby’s clothes? What are the things to look out for a detergent before washing my baby’s clothes? Is my detergent safe for my baby?
Children with sensitive skin have to be very careful with the products that they use. This can come down to their skincare routine. Including what face wash, body soap. But another big product that children with sensitive skin have to be careful with is what laundry detergent they use. If your little ones are someone with sensitive skin, it may be worthwhile to use a detergent that is non-biological instead of biological.
There are 3 things you need to look out for when choosing the best baby clothes detergent:
1. Non-Bio vs. Bio
When a laundry detergent label says ‘bio’, it means that it contains enzymes. And yes, you guessed it right, ‘non-bio’ means it is without enzymes. But why does this matter? What do enzymes do? And why are we told not to use bio detergents for baby’s clothes?
Enzymes basically are additional ingredients that manufacturers put in to have a stronger stain removing power. However, if your detergent is already formulated quite well, these enzymes are not really necessary anymore.
In essence, enzymes are not really bad but they become a problem when it gets trapped and deposited in the fibers of your baby’s clothes. They can potentially irritate the skin of a baby or even a full-grown adult with sensitive skin.
2. Optical Brighteners
Most, if not all, laundry detergents contain what they call optical brighteners. What these things essentially do is to deposit on fabrics and make them appear brighter to the eye by making light bounce off strongly. Just like magic, a dingy looking white cloth can look dazzling white when it gets loaded with optical brighteners.
Similar to the enzymes, these optical brighteners again are not really bad, but they become a problem when it touches and rubs the baby’s skin or even a full-grown adult with sensitive skin.
You’re probably already seeing a pattern here. Anything that gets deposited in the fabrics could be an irritant, so it’s best to avoid them. But there’s probably one more ingredient that gets deposited that you are not aware of.
Yes, sadly fragrance in laundry detergents does get left behind in clothes. Come to think of it, how would we be able to smell it if it were not deposited in the fabric?
It is best that you stay away from fragranced detergents or fabric softeners, but we understand that the fragrant smell of newly washed laundry brings so much delight in this otherwise seemingly thankless chore, so we don’t want to take this simple joy away from you!
What we would advise is that you look for laundry detergents that have allergen-free fragrance. The fragrance is made up of hundreds of individual ingredients blended together and some of these ingredients can cause irritation when present in high amounts.
Can I really find a baby laundry detergent that ticks all the boxes?
Most of the commercially available laundry detergents would normally tick just one box, which is the ‘non-bio’ bit. If you find that this already suits your needs, then this is good news. But in case you still find yourself or your baby having irritated skin, why don’t you try out our solution, Nimble Laundry Lover? It is non-bio, does not contain optical brighteners and also has a delightful baby fragrance that is free from allergens.
Our founder, Von, who is also our in-house chief chemist, developed Nimble Laundry Lover himself with his nieces and nephew as his inspiration and it’s all made in the UK too. Interested to read more about our story? Click Here!