Detergent for Newborn's Clothing

Updated on November 13, 2011
J.C. asks from San Rafael, CA
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Which one did/do you use? I've used Dreft in the past but would rather use something without a scent. I'd love your suggestions. Thanks so much!

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Thank you so much to all of you for your wonderful suggestions. I've used a few samples of Dreft so far for my newborn's laundry. He's broken out in a rash, so I feel like I'd like to try something else. And yes, sounds like it would be a good idea to make a switch to something else for the entire family. Thanks again!

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answers from San Diego on

I love Melaleuca's Melapower. Like Mimi said, it is safe for the whole family, none of their products even have a childproof safety cap. We have 2 small children who have never had a problem with it. Likewise, I even had my friend try it with her two children, 9 months and 5 y/o, both have sensitive skin and excema and get rashes easily if they don't use a certain detergent, soap and shampoo. She has since switched because it is cheaper and works. Let me know if you would like more information.



answers from Spartanburg on

All free and clear and Arm and Hammer's version of free and clear...can't recall the says on the box that's it's free of dyes and scents.

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answers from Kansas City on

we had to use dreft. Normally we use tide free and clear. we were using that on our clothes but dreft on the baby's because someone had given su a blttle as a gift. The baby ended up with a rash on her face from it resting against our shirts so we had to do ours in dreft for awhile, too.


answers from Chicago on

I use Tide Free & Clear for all of our clothes, kids & adults. It is very good.

For a stain remover I use Zout, which I WISH I would have discovered a few years ago--could have saved some of the cuter baby outfits from unremovable stains.



answers from Fresno on

Just use Tide or All that are fragrance/dye free.


answers from St. Louis on

I never used a different detergent when we had newborns. I figured if they showed any reaction to the detergent we would work from there. As it is none of them had a reaction, four by the way.


answers from San Francisco on

I use All free and clear, it's decent. Skip the kirkland (costco brand) it was rough on our clothes.



answers from Atlanta on

Hi JC,

I agree with Angi that using a different detergent is necessary but you do need a safe one for the entire family. There are multiple toxins in most on the shelves including Dreft. We use MelaPower and have been happy with it for six years now. (We do have a toddler in the house and have used it for her since the beginning.) It's safe enough that it doesn't even need a childproof cap and it works incredibly well. I prefer the Fresh Scent (which is very mild) but they do have a Scent Free.

You have to order it online but it comes out to about 17 cents per load so it's much cheaper than the storebought as well. Let me know if you're interested and I can get you more info.

God bless,


answers from Dayton on

I love Trader Joe's detergent for my babes.
It does have lavender in it, but it has never bothered my sensitive skinned kiddos.
And BioKleen's Bac Out for poopy stains. It's awesome. :)



answers from New York on

My favorite All Free and Clear. I also recommend Purex.



answers from Syracuse on

We started out with Dreft and now use All Free and Clear.


answers from Dallas on

Check out Shaklee's Get Clean line. They have always been the leader in safe non toxic cleaning and laundry products. They are also concentrated so the cost is much less per load than store brands.



answers from Boston on

Another vote for Tide Free & Clear. When my kids were little I'd wash their clothes separately and put them through an extra rinse to ensure all detergent and stain removers were rinsed out well.



answers from Washington DC on

never used a different detergent for baby clothes either. it was too much work to run them separately for one, and Dreft is way too expensive for two. We do have to stick with liquid detergent though. The fillers in powdered make my youngest break out in a rash.

And I use Kirkland brand ALL the time and love it. I haven't noticed it being any harder on our clothes than any other brand. And it's much more reasonably priced than other name brands.



answers from Phoenix on

Any free & clear detergent. We used Purex & never had any issues.



answers from Seattle on

We use All Free and clear anyways and I have never bought special baby detergent. Worked just fine...



answers from Chicago on

We used, and still use All Free and Clear.


answers from Boston on

I didnt buy seperate detergent for the baby... just used free and clear for all :)



answers from Charlotte on

If the smell of Dreft bothers you, I'd try Tide Free. My husband's dermatologist recommended that or All Free and Clear for his sensitive skin.


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