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how to wash children's clothes washing powder for children

If you know me a little, you know that I care for my child's skin with special care, which you could find out by reading about the absolute minimum number of cosmetics in our bathroom and on the changing table of our child. However, the protection of babies' skin does not end there. We must not forget that our children's skin is in contact with clothes, sheets and diapers almost 24 hours a day, so what we wash them in is also very important. Why?

The skin of a small child is several times thinner than the skin of an adult

The skin of a child up to at least three years old does not have full protective functions. First of all, the skin of such a Baby is at least 5 thinner than that of an adult. Secondly, the epidermal cells are still loosely arranged and do not constitute a good barrier against the passage of the substance. Thirdly, the blood vessels of such a Baby are very shallow (the skin of children is often visibly pink), which means that absorption through such skin is much greater than in adults. A child's skin built in this way is permeable like a fishing net, through which many substances penetrate into the interior of a small organism. Also, therefore, we should consciously limit the child's skin access to substances that after penetration of the weak skin barrier can be harmful or cause allergies. Unfortunately, the ingredients contained in the powder remain in the washed fabric even after double rinsing.

What ingredients in baby powders should we avoid?

On the list of components that are good to avoid in washing powders of children's clothes we can find:

  • enzymes - they dissolve stains from food that are difficult to remove, unfortunately the clothes are rinsed off hard and in contact with skin they can cause irritation not only of the skin but also of the respiratory tract and allergies
  • Optical brighteners - these ingredients do not remove stains but they settle in the fabric, creating the illusion that the fabric is whiter
  • phosphates - soften water and prevent deposits, but unfortunately they are very harmful to the environment

What should you wash your baby powder with?

In addition to what is obvious, i.e. baby clothes, diapers or bedding, it should wash all the things with which the baby's skin comes into direct contact. Preparing the house for the arrival of a new family member, we also changed our bedding to one washed with powder for children. I washed all my clothes that I took for childbirth, as well as - or most of all - nursing underwear in a special powder, not forgetting about the shirt for Dad so that he could safely "kangaroo" our Happiness. Since then, we have washed our bedding, pajamas and clothes intended for walking around the house in baby powder.

Do we wash children's clothes before the first putting on?

I don't know if you've noticed that clothes straight from the store get less dirty, keep their shape better and wrinkle less? Personally, I love this effect on my clothes, but I always wash baby clothes before wearing them for the first time. I made an exception once - we were packing for a family weekend, our son was already about 18 months old, and we just received an order from an online store and my heart was stolen by a body with drawings of suitcases, balloons, cars and the Eiffel Tower - the travel theme perfectly matched our leaving and I thought… he is so big, he will probably be fine. Unfortunately, after a few hours, I noticed that our child was scratching his back a lot, and what I saw under the aforementioned body was very irritated and even more scratched skin. Of course, not every child has to be so sensitive to external factors, to clothing chemicals, but this does not mean that their skin should absorb them. Fabrics for sewing clothes ordered at one end of the world, sewn on the other, shipped in containers, touched by dozens of people at every stage of production or dusty on store hangers, it is really worth washing.

Our choice

I will not say that advertising slogans do not work for me, but I know that I can only trust myself, so before I pack a product in the basket I simply read the composition of what I buy: cosmetics, food, clothes, and since I am a mother also washing powders . When I was asked to test Bobini powder, it turned out that the composition is almost identical to our previous powder, does not contain enzymes or optical brighteners, dyes or phosphates, and in the washing test it did just as well, but due to a half price lower and a more pleasant smell Bobini Baby KOLOR washing powder lives in our laundry for good.

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I am curious if you have thought about the powder compositions before? How do you wash children's clothes and everything that has contact with your little ones?

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  • beehive
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    29.11.2019

    Hey, cool article 🙂 I have this question - what do you think about tumble dryers like here - https://www.prorankingi.pl/rankingi/agd/suszarki-do-prania/ If I dry clothes in them and don't crease them, then continue to iron them? Do you think it is useful equipment for such application at all? greetings

  • Lilen
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    08.08.2019

    Great text, I also think that you should pay a lot of attention to what the dressed children walk in and what is washed. There is now a lot of natural clothing for children on the market, from cotton to linen or even hemp. It is also important not to choose clothes with intense colors, because they mean that strong dyes were used (the possibility of their absorption through the skin). I recommend you make yourself a powder, where it is very simple and all the ingredients to buy on the Internet:
    1 glass of soda ash,
    1 glass of sodium percarbonate,
    1 cup of borax.
    20 drops of essential oil, e.g. lavender.
    For washing, 1-2 spoons fall. Very good effect and zero adverse ingredients.

  • Asia
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    08.06.2018

    I only use powder, but I only buy clothes from Polish producers, e.g. Dear Sophie or Ewa Collection. Nothing happens with these clothes, they keep their shape and structure. I tried soap flakes but I bet on proven, plain powder.

  • Milena Gawryluk
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    19.12.2017

    I give Bebble washing liquid instead of powder. I don't believe powders, and they are often not hypoallergenic at all

  • Danuta
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    07.07.2017

    Certainly, detergents with a lot of chemistry should not be used, at least for my daughter it caused a lot of skin problems. And when it comes to clothes, we mainly buy them at 5.10.15. Favorite store for years.

  • Nina
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    28.06.2017

    Certainly, detergents with a lot of chemicals should not be used, at least for my daughter, this caused a lot of skin problems. And when it comes to clothes, we mainly buy them at 5-10-15. Favorite store for years.

  • Justine
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    15.09.2016

    Our son is almost 2 years old, but we still wash in washing powders / liquids for children. Our number 1 is Lovela, but we also used Dzidzia and Bobini and we were satisfied with all of them. I also prefer to wash my bedding in baby powder and rinse it in baby softener - because it does not smell so intensely.

  • Ula
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    09.09.2016

    I wash the bobbin liquid 🙂 I think it is better to rinse than powder:) my first washes for getting ready Natalia 🙂 I heard about it that some recommend washing the parents' bedding, but I think that it is enough to put the baby on a diaper and there is no such baby protect. But with bras I think that's a good thought 😉 greetings 🙂

    • 13.09.2016

      We also have liquid 🙂 if a small child sleeps with his parents, I would treat their pajamas and bedding as his own, and if it is only a matter of laying the baby for a moment, of course, that a diaper is enough. I used to feed in bed sometimes, it is our playground to this day, so I usually wash our bedding with children's bedding.

  • Facebook User
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    05.09.2016

    good text

  • Daga
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    01.09.2016

    Something tells me that in powders, whatever they are, we can find artificial, chemical substances ... What do you think about soap flakes? I also heard that you can wash in nuts ...
    Pozdrawiam

    • 01.09.2016

      Beloved - and it tells you very well! But when we decide on unnatural products, we can always choose better and safer 🙂 soap flakes are cool but hand washable - they leave a huge residue on the washing machine. I also heard about nuts, tried, but so far I haven't found out ...

  • Emilia
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    01.09.2016

    Great post! He perfectly suited my current situation because I am at the stage of preparing my layette for my son. It just happens that I am just facing the choice of washing powder. It is especially important for me because I am allergic myself and my husband was hospitalized in the past by some popular powder. I will definitely pay attention to the one you recommend. I am still thinking about the Lovela brand and the form itself: only powder, powder + rinse / softener, or washing liquid? I will be grateful for the advice :-) Probably the less chemistry the better, but I would like to be sure that the clothes are clean, pleasant to touch and above all safe for our baby.
    I greet warmly,
    Emilia

    • 01.09.2016

      Emilko, fabric softener is added to the last wash and it stays in the fabric, fragrances that have nothing to do with nature as well, which is why we initially gave up on it completely. I tried to start using it for about a year, but quickly came to the conclusion that after ironing the clothes are also cuddly and I will not risk allergies and we do not use it until today. On the other hand, I rinse my clothes in fabric softener, especially with the baby detergent. I wash white children's clothes in washing liquid, I also have Bobini - initially I had one that was twice as expensive, but I couldn't get it once, I bought a Bobini in Rosman for about PLN 15 and we praise it very much, the composition is also very good, delicate.

    • Anita
      06.09.2016

      Best for rinsing… 2 tbsp apple vinegar

    • 13.09.2016

      Really, really? and what effect does it provide? 🙂

  • storks
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    31.08.2016

    I wash our baby's clothes using the same means as our "adult" clothes. I just turn on the extra rinse. I always do the washing before putting on clothes for the first time. I admit that I have never thought about the composition of the powder.

    • 01.09.2016

      I once watched a program on TV and the words comparing the skin of a small child to a fishing net stuck in my memory very much, it was before pregnancy so I immediately bought a baby powder, the most delicate one I found.