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janae1987 10-25-2012 02:34 PM

washing baby items
Good afternoon!

I am working an a couple baby blankets that i want to wash before gifting. Am i ok to use my regular detergent or should i use something like dreft?


GrumpyGramma 10-25-2012 02:36 PM

What's Dreft? LOL I know, it's a special detergent for baby things. I never used it. My kids and grandkids clothes have only ever been washed with whatever detergent we use for everything else. I'd not worry about it. Assuming they are machine wash and dry, I would make sure to use some fabric softener.

suzeeq 10-25-2012 03:25 PM

As long as it's not Tide, your regular detergent should be fine. Maybe use a little less if you wash it by itself.

janae1987 10-25-2012 04:43 PM

As long as it's not tide...why not tide?

janae1987 10-25-2012 04:44 PM

As long as it's not Tide...why not Tide?

GrumpyGramma 10-25-2012 04:50 PM

As I've not used Tide in about 30 yrs. I can't say it's still the same but I found it to be harsh, stinky, and very hard on fabrics in general, and irritating to my skin. The smell is enough to keep me from using it today, and I actually have found that the "environmentally friendly" brands clean better, rinse out better, and don't leave a nasty smell behind. I suppose I should say that to me a clean smell is no noticeable odors (fragrances) at all, just neutral.

suzeeq 10-25-2012 04:57 PM

Yeah, Tide can be overly harsh, hard to rinse out and some people get reactions from it. Granted that was the powder years ago, maybe the liquid is better, but I just stay away from it. I use the cheapest detergent I can get, usually Sun and it's fine. I also don't care for perfumey scents either, which would be another thing to stay away from for baby things.

GrumpyGramma 10-25-2012 05:00 PM

I just remembered, when my DD got a brand new washer/dryer they got a free sample of Tide. She was trying to get someone to take it, she didn't like it at all. The powder was really hard on washing machines too. I was told it was because it was mostly sand; true or not I cannot say.

Antares 10-25-2012 05:05 PM

You might consider using a scent-free detergent as some parents are concerned about creating allergies. Luckily you can find lots of "-free" laundry detergents in the cheaper brands.

Jan in CA 10-25-2012 08:23 PM

I use Tide liquid for my husband and I and I like it fine. I've never noticed a harshness myself. However, for baby things I donate or gift I use my regular wool wash which is Eucalan. Although I rinse they say you don't need to.

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