Can I Use Regular Detergent And Dish Soap For My Baby?

As parents, you will want the best for your baby. Starting from what your baby wears to what he or she eats, everything is scrutinized well by the parents. A baby's skin is very delicate and is still developing, therefore it is essential to take care of the things that you are using for him/ her especially things like laundry detergent and dish soap.

Some babies have sensitive skin and require special detergents or soaps for some time. Regular detergent will not have a problem with your baby, as long as he or she does not have a skin condition or allergy. But if you are extra sensitive to your baby’s skin you might want to use a separate detergent for your special little munchkin.

In case of dish soap, it is always advisable to use specific baby dish soap as they are free of chemicals and toxins which you would never want your baby to ingest. Try to opt for dish soaps with least amount of chemicals, dyes, and fragrances. Regular dish soap contains harmful substances like sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulphate but some newer version of baby dish soaps have coconut based derivatives which are considered to be much safer .Synthetic fragrances usually contain hormone-disrupting phthalates, therefore, opt for products which use natural fragrances.

You can use regular soaps and detergents to clean baby's laundry and utensils, but make sure it does not leave any chemical residue behind which they mostly do.Use liquid, based cleaners to avoid residues and flakes, which can cause rashes and skin problems. Always rinse baby’s bottles and other dishes 2-3 times with hot water and sanitize them properly after cleaning. For detergents, you can even do a test by laundering some of your baby's clothes first, if everything goes well you can continue using it, if not, then you can change. If you find your baby comfortable, double rinse the clothes or make sure to use a baby detergent at least until your junior is at least a year or two old.