So is it true that when you wash your baby's clothes you have to use Dreft????

Hillary - posted on 08/31/2009 ( 98 moms have responded )

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My mom is telling me that I have to wash the clothes before he wears them even if they are new. She also says that you have to wash them in Dreft. I was just wondering if this was true???

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Carlene - posted on 04/07/2010

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You do not have to wash them in Dreft. In fact, all you need to do is use regular detergent and the extra rinse cycle. If you choose to use Dreft that is okay, but no it is not a MUST.

KORIE - posted on 09/05/2009

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Hell no! and don't let anyone tell you differently...regular old detergent didn't hurt us and it ain't gonna hurt your baby!

Jennifer - posted on 09/01/2009

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You should definitely wash the clothes before your baby wears them.. regardless if they're new or even if they're hand me downs- you don't know what may have had contact with them prior to you getting them. As far as the Dreft detergent... I've never used it or any type of baby detergent. I do understand that some babies do have reactions to detergents, but my husband and I figured that if our daughter developed a reaction, we'd go ahead and pay the extra amount for the special detergent... but if she didn't develop one, then we saved some money and didn't buy something that we didn't need. If that's the route you take, just watch your baby's skin for any reactions. If one develops, you may need to switch to something that is hypoallergenic.

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Laurie - posted on 02/28/2014

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I have been doing in home day care for 20 + yrs. I always used a baby detergent. Now that so many brands have fragrance and dye free there is no need. If you are concerned do an extra rinse. I make a lot of blankets for new babies and I use baby detergent on those just to smell nice. However you should wash all new clothing or bedding and towels before they are used. Also on things that has been packed away, hand me downs or second hand. Good Luck with your new baby.

Erica - posted on 02/06/2014

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did your babies itch or breakout because i alway use dreft but i dont want to switch an she gets rash skin

Angi - posted on 04/08/2010

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always wash brand new clothes. i've never used dreft. i just use purex with no dyes or purfumes. why spend 20 when you can spend 8!

Stephanie - posted on 04/08/2010

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You dont have to wash them in Dreft (ITS WAY TOO EXPENSIVE) All free and clear is a more reasonable alternative with no irritation to a new babys skin and downy makes a fabric softener in a white bottle thats a free and clear too. But in the end the it all depends on your babys skin sensitivity. But you do have to wash them before your baby wears them...it just doesnt have to be dreft.

Mastoora - posted on 04/08/2010

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I washed my little girl`s clothing with Ivory Snow before she was born and after I was done with the bottle I used the same stuff I wash my clothes with.

Melinda - posted on 04/08/2010

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No...Ivory snow...my mom used it for both me and my brother. There is also 7th generation free of dyes and perfumes.

J - posted on 04/07/2010

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Dreft is good but it's also very expensive there are plenty of alternatives out there like unscented tide, all, woolite. I've used purex baby and it's way cheaper than dreft another alternative is All Baby detergent or Target version of Dreft.

Mattee - posted on 09/07/2009

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Yes, unfortunately you have to wash them before they wear them. The brand new clothes have alot of starch and dyes and all sorts of chemicals on them form the factory that can irritate a baby's skin. I would wash everything that can be washed that will come in contat with the baby's skin (all clothes, blankets, sheets, etc...). I myself don't have a baby yet (due Dec.2) but one of my friends has an 8 month old and she said she used Purex Baby. She got it on base, but I'm sure you can find it any place like wal-mart or target, and it's TONS cheaper than dreft. She just used whatever was in the one bottle and then switched to normal detergent once it ran out, and her little girl had no problem with it. BUT every baby is different. I've already started washing baby clothes, so that I don't have to crunch to get it all done. Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 09/06/2009

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Yes wash the clothes. I've never had to use dreft. If your child has sensitive skin maybe. I wash my 22 month and 6 month olds clothes with the same detergent that I use on my clothes and have had no problems. In fact the doctor always comments on how nice their skin is (no rashes etc) when we go in.

Lori - posted on 09/06/2009

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Yes you definitely should wash everything before the baby wears it, but no you do not have to use Dreft! You should probably use something mild to reduce the risk of irritation to the baby's delicate skin, at least in the beginning. I use All Free & Clear and my son has not had any problems!

Krista - posted on 09/06/2009

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Wash the clothes before they're worn, but you can use any mild detergent (I wouldn't use a really harsh detergent and I think that the powdered detergent might be a little more likely to irritate the baby's skin than liquid so you may want to do an extra rinse if you use powder). If your baby has a reaction or gets a rash, then you can switch to the more expensive Dreft. I think it's mostly just if your baby has sensitive skin.

Taliah - posted on 09/06/2009

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you do need to wash them, my husband learned the hard way why you need to! (lil had hives from head to toe!) BUT I NEVER USED DREFT always used "all free and clear" and clorox 2 free and clear.

Nicole - posted on 09/06/2009

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I washed my daughters clothes in dreft the first couple of months that she was here but now I just was them in the same detergent I use on my clothes just was them seperatly from yours and if she has a skin reaction then go back to the dreft so far my baby has had no skin irriatations just try it and see what happens its also alot cheaper in the long run

Shannon - posted on 09/05/2009

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always wash before wearing. You dont have to use dreft you can use and unscented detergent.

I also wash clothing of mine IE, bras, shirts in the same detergent because i know I will be holding Lily and feeding her and want to make sure she is no allergic.

Also if you cant really afford 2 different detergents you can water down the regular detergent. the only vice is then you have to wash smaller loads.

Nicole - posted on 09/05/2009

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Always wash the clothes before baby wears them. You don't HAVE to wash your baby's clothes in Dreft but seeing as your child is newborn you don't know what he/she is allergic too. I only used it about 6 months. And bless my daughters heart I had to use it the poor little thing is allergic to everything..:D

Kelly - posted on 09/04/2009

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you should wash new clothing before baby wears them because believe it or not some fabrics are sprayed with formaldehyde before they are placed in teh store. No you do not need to use dreft, you can use what ever soap you want. If your baby develops a sensitivity you may wany to switch his clothing to a gentle soap like baby ivory or something like that.

Katie - posted on 09/04/2009

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You should wash before hand because who knows if someone took that outfit back? Also, you can use ANY detergent as long as it is free of dyes and perfumes. They are all the same except in price.

Danielle - posted on 09/04/2009

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I don't wash my son's clothes unless they are hand-me-downs. And I use ALL Free & Clear. I looked it up to see the diff in the two and dreft is dye free but not perfume free, where that ALL is. I think it's up to you what you use and on if your baby has sensitive skin or not.. My mom used TIDE on my baby clothes. Everyone has a diff opinion. This is just one thing in the life of being a mom that you have to make the call on your own on what you use.

Amanda - posted on 09/04/2009

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You dont have to use Dreft, any detergent is good but definetly wash all clothes before he wears them. If you think about it, all the clothes you buy have been touched by people and possibly have germs on them. I wash everything before my son wears or uses them.

Kaye - posted on 09/04/2009

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I did you it at first but when he turned 2 months old i started to use gain on his clothes and it has not bothered him at all so i would for the first few months than use what you want.

Robin - posted on 09/04/2009

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Quoting Jenifer:

i don't even know what dreft is i just used normal washing powder with my boys they are both fine and no i did not wash the clothes before he wore them . I think kids are so sick because parents don't let them get gruby . both my boys very rearly get sick and i let them go wild :)



I agree with this also, its proven that if someone who is so protected and never exposed to anything, when they are exposed to something, they can even become deathly ill,



Now Im not saying not to use common sense hygeine practices, but comming in contact with things is how they build their immune system, you know a lot of new moms say 1 or 2 people can hold their baby but after that, "oh I dont want to many hands to touch him or he will get sick" is a myth, EVERYBODY held our son as a new born and now he is not fussy one bit about who holds him and is in PERFECT health.



Sorry getting a little off topic but no its not going to hurt your baby unless they have allergies or skin sensitivities.

Robin - posted on 09/04/2009

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No offense to others that agree with that, but I think some moms are just a little more protective than others, I never did and my son has NEVER been sick or had a rash of any kind, and he is 9 mo old now, but I also think it depends if your baby has any special sensitivities.

If you notice irritation of the skin I would ask your dr, but other than that I dont think it matters.

Ashley - posted on 09/04/2009

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You should wash them before the baby wears them, but you don't have to use Deft... I've never ought anything special for baby's clothes, I use whatever it is we're using for our own clothes... I don't seperate our things.

Shannon-Bethany - posted on 09/04/2009

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i say yes to wash before wearing, no to dreft. since before my daughter was born i washed everything in a non scent detergent. if your baby has a reaction to it that means their skin is sensitive and then i would use dreft. try the regular stuff again in a few months when they are older and can maybe handle it better. i did not want to spend extra money on dreft when it really isnt necessary.

Denise - posted on 09/04/2009

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I do reccommend washing before wearing...and I happen to favor Baby Purex...it smells great and is cheap too! And when you have a baby in the house, you do a lot of laundry! Haha. I don't know what the big deal with Dreft is...like another reply I read, it IS overpriced and I've heard it doesn't work half as good as other hypoallergenic detergents. But all I've ever use is Baby All(works good too, but is pretty expensive) and the Baby Purex(which I am sometimes tempted to wash ALL of the household laundry in!). Good Luck!

Becky - posted on 09/04/2009

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Well you should always wash all clothes that are new because of dust or dirt. You don't have to wash the clothes in Dreft, some babys skin are senstive. I had my son this year in Jan and I used my normal lanury soap and he was fine.

Sheri - posted on 09/04/2009

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All you have to do is make sure the detergent is dye free and hypoellergenic. Usually dye free ones are so. Dreft is expensive. I never used it. I find that ALL dye free works really well. usually the dye free are unsented, which is good.

Amanda - posted on 09/04/2009

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It is a good idea to wash clothes before when they are new just for the simple fact that it cleans them. How long have they been hanging on the rack and how many people have touched them with God knows what on their hands. Also if there is any dyes or chemicals left over from manufacturing them it gets rid of this as well. As for Dreft...I've never heard of that and that could just be due to different communities, however, "Baby" detergents are milder and don't have the perfumes in them that our detergents have so less chance of irritating a baby's sensitive skin.

Stephanie - posted on 09/04/2009

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I always wahs clothes before they are worn. I have eight kids and never used anything other than what I normally use and they get washed with everything else. No need to wash there clothes seperate. I exposed all of mine to everything and they hardly get sick and don't have a bunch of allergies either.

Nichole - posted on 09/03/2009

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I actually have been using dreft for 6 months cause I got so much of it before he was born, lol. But when it comes time to buy him new stuff I am not wasting the money. I have looked into other detergents and ALL makes a baby detergent that is half the price.

Brandi - posted on 09/03/2009

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I used perfume and dye free ALL, which was much cheaper than Dreft and never had any issues with her skin being irritated.

Jela - posted on 09/03/2009

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I did with both my boys at first for a while because a baby's skin is sensitive. Then I switched them to our regular laundry detergent.

Danielle - posted on 09/03/2009

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We use All free and clear...any deter. that is free and clear of dyes is fine until you know your baby does not have allergies to other detergents!

Jessica - posted on 09/03/2009

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I was told the same thing. I never used it. I used Era or Oxy with Arm and Hammer. I think Dreft is for in case they might have allergies.

Stephanie - posted on 09/03/2009

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I would wash any person's new clothes before they are worn. You don't know who has come by them in the store and sneezed, coughed or anything equally as gross on those clothes. They have been packed in boxes and bugs, dust, and fibers could have gotten on the clothes. I never used Dreft. I have used the same laundry detergent on my baby's clothes as ours.

Debby - posted on 09/03/2009

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washing the clothes before the baby wears them even if they are new is definatley something you should do ! however you do not necessarily have to wash them in dreft, you should just try using something that is dye free and scent free (hypoallergenic) because their skin is so sensitive at first the dyes and added scents can irritate their skin

Ligia - posted on 09/03/2009

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I don't think you have to, I do just because I figured it would be softer, and safer for my babies skin.

Michelle - posted on 09/03/2009

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I wash everything that will touch my baby's skin before it goes on him. I use All Free n Clear. It's awesome and not expensive!

Mary - posted on 09/03/2009

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Yes, you do need to wash any new clothes before baby wears them!



I initially used dreft, but my daughter developed eczema at around 3 months...ped suggested switching to any detergent that was dye and fragrance free (dreft, while gentle, does contain fragrance). I had to wash ALL of our clothes and linens with this, since she would be in contact with them. While part of what she had was eczema, part of it was also probably just a contact dermatitis from the fragrance in the detergent...it made a HUGE difference in her skin. I went with the Tide Free, but I think any "free" detergent would be fine.

Cassie - posted on 09/03/2009

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i wash my cilds clothes in the same soap i use i just do a seperate load for her been doing it since she was a month old.. but i did wash them in dreft when she was 1st born

Alicia - posted on 09/03/2009

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dreft or an off brand of baby detergent... their skin is so sensitive so it has to be unscented laundry detergent... i use dreft to just be on the safe side but there are other of brands of it to for alot cheaper. But yes be sure to wash he wears them at least for the first couple months!

Ann - posted on 09/03/2009

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I wash my childrens clothes before washing them. I don't think it is necessary to use dreft. I would use a mild detergent something free of dyes and harsh chemicals. I used ALL. I once bought an outfit for my daughter a Macys and didn't washit before i put it on her she had a rash all over her body for 4 days. I felt so bad for her. So it doesn't matter the store you bought it from just think of all the people touching the clothes before you buy them.

Donna Marie - posted on 09/03/2009

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just wash them in any non - bio powder/liquid whichever you use, its a good change to go to non bio all the time anyway if ya not already using it as its kinder to your skin and clothes anyway. then if ya use fabric softener, any sensitive/ pure one is fine x

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