Babies have notoriously sensitive skin. They get rashes at the drop of a hat, they burn easily, their bug bites get huge, and as parents, we hate that for them. That’s why when many of us are shopping for laundry detergent specifically made for baby clothing, we’re looking for something with their sensitivities in mind.
What to Consider
All baby laundry detergents are made the same, right? Wrong! But what exactly makes one a good fit for your little one? I contacted dermatologist Anna Chacon, M.D., to fill us in on a few key elements to look for in your baby’s next laundry detergent. She tells Best Products that while babies don’t necessarily need a specific laundry detergent, those who are showing sensitivity may want to consider something special.
Chacon says that in that case, you’re going to want to look for one that is free of dyes and fragrances, noting that these are best for those who “are prone to allergies or have an atopic tendency, meaning that they tend to suffer more frequently from asthma, hay fever, and/or atopic dermatitis.” Have a baby who breaks out at the drop of a hat? Dye- and fragrance-free are undoubtedly the way to go.
There’s something else important to consider here, says Chacon, and that is that “some products that are called fragrance-free or unscented may still have masking fragrances.” And that “hypoallergenic products such as detergents may still be irritating in children with sensitive skin and may still rarely cause a contact allergy.” So you might need to try a few different options if your little is super sensitive.
Other than that, it’s genuinely all about what will get out those stubborn stains. Because let’s be real, babies are stain-producing machines. We’ve made a list of the best gentle baby laundry detergents that are fierce on stains and sensitive to your baby’s needs.