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    Baby Quilt Question

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    I'm in the process of making my very first baby quilt! I always wash a quilt before I gift it because I love the puckering effect, and because I don't want the recipient to freak out after they wash it and it gives it a different look. LOL! But I'm not quite sure what I should do as far as washing a baby quilt. My baby days are long over, and I won't be having any more grandkids either. So I don't have any baby laundry detergent sitting around, and I hate to buy an entire jug of it just to wash one quilt! So for those of you who have made baby quilts, what do you do? Should I go ahead and wash it with the detergent I already have and include a note to Mom about the soap, or should I just bite the bullet and buy the baby detergent? I guess I probably sound cheap here, but buying a detergent that won't be used again just seems wasteful of the detergent AND the money to me. Any suggestions?

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    I would just pin a note to the quilt that it has not been washed OR wash it with no detergent or fabric softener.

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    You could probably wash with a smaller amount of detergent then rinse an extra cycle or two. That's what I had to do with my son's diapers. Wash once, rinse 3. He had very sensitive skin.
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    I agree just use tiny amout of soa plus extra rinse

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    If you use a fragrance free liquid laundry soap you should be ok anyway.

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    I'm not sure why you couldn't use the baby detergent for other clothes? A cousin was helping her daughter with the new DGD and got some food on her shirt. So she used the baby detergent on the spot - it worked great. She had remembered it was for washing dirty diapers so it worked great. I tried it and it was very good. I really like using it for towels.

    Must admit it never occurred to me to not to wash the baby blanket in regular detergent - but then I usually use the fragrance free items because some of the smelly ones are too much for me to wear.

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    After one very bad experience with a seam that came undone after my recipient washed a quilt, I always wash my wuilts before gifting them. Just wash with your regular detergent. If the recipient is cautious, he or she will rewash it as they please before use anyway. Of all the items we make, baby quilts be washed the most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6 View Post
    If you use a fragrance free liquid laundry soap you should be ok anyway.
    That's my suggestion as well.

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    I wash all my baby quilts (family & clients) in Tide Free. Most parents only use Dreft for the first few months after their first baby. My sister researched it & found that Dreft is basically Tide Free with "new baby scent" added. If you don't want to buy a fragrance/dye free detergent, I'd just wash it with a regular detergent & let the mom know that you've already washed it in "regular detergent" and provide her with washing instructions. If fragrance is a concern to her, she'll know how to wash before giving it to baby. Some parents don't worry about special detergents, so it might not even be an issue.

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    Just use vinegar instead of detergent.
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    I never used anything special for my children. I always used either Tide or Cheer. I always wash my quilts before I give them. When I get anything new, gift or from store, I always wash it first. Never know where it's been. I figure it's the parents responsibility to take care of things for their children.
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    I didn't realize there was such a thing as baby detergent.

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    Us older people survived a lot as kids - my mom didn't use special detergent to wash baby clothes. (And we rode bikes without helmets.) You can put white vinegar in the rinse cycle, that would take care of scents.

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    I wash baby quilts with our regular detergent, usually that is Tide. I just use a little detergent and no fabric softener. This doesn't leave them highly scented nor should there be any residue. I like to make sure that they hold up in the washer. I think most parents wash new baby items before they use them, anyway, and if not that's ok, too. Now days, with the advice to not put anything in the bed with the baby, including quilts and blankets it is likely that the baby won't have contact with the quilt for quite a while.

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    I usually wash the baby quilts I give in a fragrance free detergent and do not use fabric softener. I have allergies myself, so I always use fragrance free products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Material Witness View Post
    Us older people survived a lot as kids - my mom didn't use special detergent to wash baby clothes. (And we rode bikes without helmets.) You can put white vinegar in the rinse cycle, that would take care of scents.
    I have to agree with Material Witness. As kids, we did TONS of things that are real "no-nos" these days & I have to say I'm healthier than most young people I know today. I have made quite a few baby quilts & always wash them in the same soap that I use for my regular wash (All Free). Baby will be just fine!

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    Arm and Hammer have a washing soda. I use All-free. But any detergent free of fragrance and dyes should be good. I would want to have all the kinks out of the gift before giving. And free dryer sheets or a wash cloth dampened with distilled vinegar is good with wrinkles and softening.

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    I gave my baby quilt away plus oral instructions to new dad about washing before giving to baby. He remembered the instructions and new mum was delighted with the new look after washing in her preferred liquid.
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    I would wash it with what you normally use and let the mom know it had been washed and what you had used. You want to make sure there is no bleeding or othe problem before you gift the quilt.

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    I just use my regular detergent when washing baby or other quilts. Explain to the new mom to use whatever detergents she uses and it will be fine.

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    That is an interesting question. I think pinning a note on the quilt will be the way I go. My church group make quilts for single women who decide to keep their baby. I just finished piecing one. Thanks for the great idea Tartan. I live in an apt and don't have easy access to a W/D
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    My neighbor used All Free for her two babies from day 1, so that I what I use for baby quilts as well as our clothes. Both myself and hubby can have sensitive skin issues and have no complaints here.

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    I just gave a quilt away this weekend. I washed it and tied a bow on it and gave it to the expecting couple. I didn't worry about it being washed and they were thrilled.
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    When my kids were little, I washed their clothes in Dreft. When they didn't need it anymore, I finished the box on my husband's and my clothes. Worked fine, so you don't have to worry about waste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dd View Post
    I never used anything special for my children. I always used either Tide or Cheer. I always wash my quilts before I give them. When I get anything new, gift or from store, I always wash it first. Never know where it's been. I figure it's the parents responsibility to take care of things for their children.
    Me too. All my babies survived using the regular soap I used on everything else. The only thing I did was if the baby got diaper rash, I would rinse the diapers out with vinegar. Vinegar seems to remove the last trace of soap.

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