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Old 10-26-2012, 11:28 AM   #11
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Thank you for all of the responses! I will definitely be staying away from Tide! My usual detergent is scented so I think I will pick up a bottle of a "Free" detergent for baby gifts!
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:25 PM   #12
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I like All Free and Clear. I work with food and it gets the stains out. Plus, it's great for children and adults who might be sensitive to perfumes and dyes. One thing I learned is that you have to read labels with detergents and liquid fabric softeners. Some are made for regular washers and others are made for the new energy efficient machines. Those will have the label HE (High Efficiency) somewhere on the bottle. It's usually on the front but Downey likes to put theirs on the back. You're not supposed to substitute the two types of detergent and softeners. Using an HE product in a regular machine won't get the clothes as clean because they use less soap. Using a regular detergent in an HE machine will give you too many suds and you may have to put the machine through another rinse to get rid of it all. It also puts more wear and tear on the machine and can void the warranty.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:52 PM   #13
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I always wash handknitted or crocheted baby gifts with fragrance-free detergent, for sensitive skin. I also use a fragrance-free fabric softener. I wash on the gentle cycle with cold water, and dry on a gentle setting as well.

This is actually the way I take care of ALL my handmade items. I want them all to last.
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