At First Peak, all our clothes are purpose-built to stand up to sweat, spills, and spit-up. They’re odor-resistant and quick-drying; they keep their shape; and they wash cleaner than traditional cottons. We’re also proud that our care instructions are as simple as they come — wash how you wash, and try to use colder water and gentler cycles if you’re able.
But even with all those benefits, a few tips never hurt. Here are three tips for handling seriously dirty baby clothes:
Spot clean before washing
Before you toss that milky, muddy onesie in the washing machine, spend an extra moment on the dirtiest spots. Applying a bit of detergent to stains before washing helps give those toughest areas a little extra attention and the best chance of a clean finish. Some experts recommend using a toothbrush to really rub the soap in, but a finger will also do.
Leverage Home Remedies
There are a few household items that can really augment a wash. Baking soda is great for battling grease, white vinegar is best for grass, and a mix of salt and soap works great on berry juice. In each case, you don’t need much — dilute the extra ingredient and apply directly (especially if the stain is still wet), or you can google instructions for adding directly to your washer load.
Wash Inside Out
Washing inside out is less about stain removal and more about helping clothes last longer. Even the gentlest cycles can be tough on clothes, and washing inside out helps prevent color fading and general wear and tear. And let’s be real, clothes typically end up inside out as you pull them over big baby heads anyway!
At the end of the day, finding clothes that can be washed less is the best path toward helping clothes last longer. Our custom jersey is infused with silver so that clothes naturally and safely fight off odor and bacteria, meaning they can be washed less while still smelling and feeling fresh. This allows our clothes to last longer, and helps families use less water and energy. It’s a win-win for you and our planet.