The best baby washing powders for your baby’s clothes, bedding, and soft toys

Best baby washing detergent

by Aimee Jakes |

When doing your baby's laundry, it is advised to use a baby washing powder that has been specifically designed for a baby’s delicate skin.

You might be surprised at just how much dirty laundry your little human is capable of producing, so you want a detergent that is strong enough to get those tough stains out in one wash (to save having to wash them a second consecutive time), without being too harsh on your little one's skin.

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Our pick of the best baby-friendly washing powders and detergents

Here's a glance at our shortlist of the best baby washing detergent and detergents you can buy.

Surprised not to see some of the big brand names on our list? We've deliberately chosen those detergents that are specifically designed for babies' delicate, sensitive skin. Want to find out more and know what you should be looking for? Read on!

What to consider when choosing the best baby washing detergent

There are three main things to consider when choosing a baby-skin friendly detergent:

  • Use non-bio detergents: Non-bio simply means the product doesn’t contain enzymes that deposit in fabrics.

  • Use liquid detergent: Unlike powder detergents which are made with insoluble ingredients, liquid detergents dissolve easily so less likely to leave residue behind.

  • Use eco-friendly detergents: Unlike mainstream detergents which are made with petroleum-based chemicals, plant-based ingredients found in eco-friendly products are very gentle on fabrics and skin.

A few tips for your washing detergent include:

  • Choose fragrance-free: Try not to be tempted to buy beautifully scented detergents that use chemical fragrances. Instead, opt for ones that are fragrance-free. You can always spray some natural oils, such as lavender, around your nursery to make it smell wonderful, instead of adding overpowering fragrances to your baby’s clothes and linens.

  • Try a patch test first: Before you do a whole load of washing with a new detergent, try washing one item, such as a baby grow or blanket, with the new product first. This way, you’ll know straight away whether it has a negative effect on your baby’s skin – and be able to pinpoint it to that one item. It’s then easy to switch detergents if your baby does have a reaction.

  • Look at the ingredients: Some common chemical ingredients can be harsh on sensitive skin, so before you buy, check the packaging. Detergents and softeners that use low-toxicity, natural, plant-based ingredients are much more delicate on baby-soft skin.

So what are the best baby laundry products out there? Here's our guide to the best baby clothes washing detergents:

Expert advice on choosing the best baby laundry products

We've spoken to Von Sy, founder of plant-based cleaning product brand Nimble and detergent chemist. He has over a decade of experience working for the world’s largest detergents manufacturer. He shared his thoughts on three main things parents can keep in mind when choosing a detergent for little ones' clothes:

“Through my work in the detergents industry, one of the key things I learned when looking for a detergent to use on sensitive skin is to pick one that will leave minimal residues. Big brand manufacturers often use surfactants (the cleaning ingredient) which are derived from petroleum, which contain heavy metals and other impurities which deposit on the fabrics and can cause irritation for baby’s sensitive skin."

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