Green-washing your baby clothes
Take special care when washing baby’s clothing. Most conventional laundry detergents are made from synthetic, petroleum-based chemicals that are loaded with artificial dyes, fragrances and optical brighteners. These chemicals not only wash off into the environment, they also leave a residue on clothing that can irritate and damage your baby’s delicate skin. Look for green laundry detergents made from vegetable-based cleaning agents that do not contain artificial dyes or fragrances, are more effective at removing dirt, stains and odors from clothing, and are gentler for your baby.
Avoid commercial fabric softeners on all of your clothes and especially when you are cleaning your baby’s garments. Fabric softeners are made from oils that decrease the absorbency of diapers and may be harmful to your baby’s health. Pour a quarter-cup of vinegar into your laundry machine during the rinse cycle to keep baby clothes soft and to help remove soap from the clothing fibers.
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