What laundry detergent should I use to wash my newborn's clothes?

I am about three weeks away from my due date and am getting everything ready for baby. I bought some of the Dreft detergent for newborns, but it is so expensive and want to see if there is a cheaper alternative. What detergent did you use that worked out well? What detergent did you use that caused irritation and don't suggest to use?


Asked by Anonymous at 5:53 PM on Nov. 23, 2008 in Home & Garden

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  • I used Dreft, but there are generic versions of it. Target has their brand of Dreft and it's a bit cheaper. Good luck!

    Answer by jazztastic at 5:57 PM on Nov. 23, 2008

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  • My mom swears by Dreft, but I've repeatedly told her how friggin EXPENSIVE it is. I'd like to see what other people use as well...I don't have the money to drop $10 on a box of detergent, gahh.

    Answer by caitxrawks at 5:57 PM on Nov. 23, 2008

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  • I have sensitive skin myself, so I've always just used Tide Free (no scents & no dyes).

    Answer by BlueFrogMama at 5:59 PM on Nov. 23, 2008

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  • I used dreft, my best friend just had a child and she uses gain, her son has had no irritations from it and it is alot cheaper then dreft, I heard targets brand works great to! I don't think it matters what u use, but if your child get an irritation then u should use dreft or something like that.

    Answer by CMead02 at 5:59 PM on Nov. 23, 2008

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  • I used Dreft for my baby when he was newborn. But for stains that are really hard to get out of baby clothes I found Oxy Baby. It's like OxyClean but for baby's clothes. I loved it!! After that I just started using Baby Biz.....It works really good too. Baby Biz is more like detergent and stain fighter in one.

    Answer by Homemommy0503 at 6:00 PM on Nov. 23, 2008

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  • Dreft is scented and I am very sensitive to smells - most of these fake, perfumy things give me a horrible headache and make nauseous. Not knowing if my daughter would have the same sensitivity, I decided to use non-scented instead. I simply washed her clothes in the same perfume and dye free detergent that I used for everything else.

    How to tell if you need Dreft (or some other "baby" detergent)? Wash a few items in with your clothes. Give them a try. Does she get a rash? No? Then you don't need Dreft. And remember, she will be touching and pressing against your clothes and other items that were washed with y our normal soap.
    Very, very few babies need Dreft. The company has really good marketing though, don't they?

    Answer by kaycee14 at 6:00 PM on Nov. 23, 2008

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  • I used dreft only for the first few weeks... Then I used the same stuff we used for our clothes. At the time I was using Tide. I figured that since I wasn't using the dreft on my clothes but I was holding them for hours sometimes, if they were going to have a reaction to it they sould have it to my clothes. Once I was sure they weren't sencative to it. I switched.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 6:01 PM on Nov. 23, 2008

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  • when we met with a pediatriciam prior to the birth of our son we asked this question adn he said detergents have come a long way and most are gentle enough to use for baby's stuff. Even generic. He just said to stay away from heavily fragranced ones like gain. We started using tide but discovered with a baby we do about 7 times as much laundry and bravely tried a generic and have had no problems at all. Ultimately it depends on the baby but Tide is a good place to start. if your baby does okay with tide you can branch out form there if it is too pricey fro you

    Answer by humaniterian87 at 6:17 PM on Nov. 23, 2008

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  • We have use All free and clear

    Answer by 4kids1970 at 6:22 PM on Nov. 23, 2008

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  • They say anything "free and clear" is fine. And Don't use fabric softener, it has fragrances in it that can irritate baby. I use All Free and Clear.

    Answer by beckcorc at 6:43 PM on Nov. 23, 2008

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