The unique features of merino makes it the best clothing choice for babies. It breathes better than other material. Therefore, it naturally resists the build-up of odor. As a result, you can reduce your washing. You just need to turn the baby merino clothes inside out and hang them up in a place where air circulates well. If you still need to wash them, here are some tips on washing and taking care of baby merino clothes.
Washing Baby Merino Clothes
- You must wash merino baby clothes using only wool approved liquid detergents.
- You should never use conventional soap powder detergent, fabric conditioner/softeners, bleach or spot clean.
- In addition, you should never soak merino for any period of time.
- You can wash merino using machines. But, the machine should be on a delicate or wool cycle. You should only use lukewarm water- at or below 300.
- In case of hand-washing, you should use lukewarm water to massage your merino clothes. Then, after rinsing thoroughly, remove excess water by rolling in a towel. You should never wring your merino.
- Never wash merino garments in hot water.
Drying Baby Merino Clothes
- You should dry your merino clothes flat or hang dry in a place where air circulates freely. This place should be in the shade away from direct sunlight or heat.
- Never tumble dry your merino.
- In case of pressing, cover the garment with a clean smooth-woven cotton tea towel. Then, use a steam iron on a cool, wool setting.
- You must never dry merino over a radiator or in front of a fire.
You should remove any type of stains immediately.
- In case of stains, you may use a mild wool wash. Then, spot clean the effected area.
- To remove grease stains, sprinkle some cornstarch or baby powder on it. Then, rub the powder gently on the stain until you see it come out the other side. Yo should give the garment a shake to remove any remaining powder. If the stain is still visible, repeat the process until it disappears.
- In case of ink stains, dab gently with a lint-free cloth soaked in white spirit. Then, repeat the process with a cloth soaked in diluted white vinegar or surgical spirit or rubbing alcohol.
Storing Baby Merino Clothes
- Vacuum packing your merino garment can be an option. Just seal them away in airtight bags.
- You can also use 100% cotton or wool bags. They are much safer than vacuum packing for delicate clothing. Because, they will allow the clothes to breathe.
- You can also use storage bins.
- Use natural repellents instead of mothballs. Cedar blocks or sachets of lavender are good for this.
- You must always clean your garments before storing them away. This will help prevent odors, stains, and build up of dirt.
- Folding the garments is better than hanging them. This way, they will retain their shape while in storage.
Merino baby clothes will last for a long time, if you wash and care for them properly.