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When is it safe to start using regular laundry detergent for kids?

I haven't really heard how long you are supposed to use "baby detergent" (Dreft, etc.). My daughter is 1 but has pretty sensitive skin - and I think it may be too young? Anyone have any advice? Thanks!!!!

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Asked by SarahAshley at 9:55 PM on Nov. 3, 2008 in General Parenting

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  • My daughter has really sensitive skin, but we've used regular detergent (Tide Cold Water) from day one. We've never had a problem. My sisters have all done the same thing with no problems.

    Answer by StarLee at 9:57 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • I've used regular detergent since day one as well.

    Answer by bxbsmommy at 10:00 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • My daughters both had pretty sensitive skin. If you make sure you don't use too much, and make sure it is well rinsed, it usually doesn't hurt to use regular detergent.

    Answer by Mishelly728 at 10:00 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • I think she will be fine. Just don't use fabricsoftener. I started using regular laundry soap when my son was about 6 months old.

    Answer by rosie823 at 10:05 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • yea we always just used reg. detergant. dont waist the money until you notice skin reactions if any and figure out if its even from the laundry.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:09 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • I've just always used the free and clear (no dye, no scent) detergent and fabric softener, since I have very sensitive skin myself. I never used that baby stuff.

    Answer by BlueFrogMama at 11:02 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • Just add baking soda to the rinse water to get out whatever detergent is in there and it should be fine unless your little one is extra sensitive. Then just rinse twice. What type of bath soap do you use?That can aggravate little people too. We use generic baby shampoo for everything... 


    Answer by Star419 at 11:08 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • There is no time limit. Some kids do fine with regular soap from birth, some don't.

    Wash a couple of items in with your clothes and try them out. Does she itch, have any redness, other other problems? No? Then she's good to go!

    Answer by kaycee14 at 11:44 PM on Nov. 3, 2008

  • I've used regular detergent (dye free, perfume free) since he was born.

    Answer by gypsysmiles at 12:34 AM on Nov. 4, 2008

  • i have always used the same detergent for my childrens clothing as i did for babies were up against my clothing all the time, so it made no sense to me to wash their clothing in something different...


    Answer by Monkeygrrl at 1:51 AM on Nov. 4, 2008

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