Laundry Guide for Organic Cotton Baby Clothes

Ishy Latheef

Posted on December 08 2017

Clothing your little baby in organic clothing is a great way to protect them and the planet we leave behind for them. You can go a step further by incorporating some of the following laundry practices when caring for the organic clothes to make them last longer and don;t end up with the nasty chemicals you are trying to avoid.


Washing Organic Cotton Clothes

I hate to say it, but the safest and most eco-friendly way to wash organic clothes is hand washing, but honestly, I don't know any parent who has the time to hand wash one piece of clothing, let alone entire loads. So, I'm guessing most of us will be opting for the washing machine route, because, Kate Upton's grandfather went to the trouble of inventing the wonderful piece of equipment it for a reason. But before you turn that dial on the machine, check the label on the clothing and proceed with caution.

 

How's your washing machine?

If you've been washing your clothes using normal detergents, run a couple of empty cycles to make sure there isn't any residue. Once you've done that, I suggest using a natural toxin free detergent like the Abode Laundry Powder range. As you would do normally, separate the darks from the light clothing and wash clothes inside out.

Drying

 

Whenever possible, air dry your clothes. If you have to use the dryer, always use the gentle or delicates cycle on organic clothes. Because organic clothing isn't treated with chemicals to prevent wrinkling, shrinkage or the colors from running, drying your clothes in extreme heat will cause them to look worn pretty quickly. 

Treating Stains

The sooner you get to stains the better. For your run of the mill stains, use cold water to soak the spot and pat try. You may need to put some absorbent cloth behind the stain to absorb it as you pat. If the stain is stubborn, try rubbing it with an ice cube while holding the absorbent cloth behind it.

If that doesn't work, as a last resort you could try Cornstarch, Borax, Lemon or Baking Soda. If you are going to try one of these natural stain removers, do a patch test in an inconspicuous spot, because natural dyes are sometimes unpredictable. 

Organic clothing are a great investment in the health of your family and the planet. Treat them gently and they can be passed down from sibling to sibling.

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