Baby Detergent: Yes or No

The answer to this question depends on the type of detergent you are currently using. If you are already using all organic/ natural/ mild detergent for washing your clothes then, there’s no need to buy separate detergent for your little one. But if your current detergent is high on chemicals, then you surely need to buy a separate detergent for baby clothes. The reason being — when a baby is born, its skin is the most fragile and sensitive and harsh chemicals present in the regular/ cheap detergents might harm the baby’s soft skin. Hence, it is necessary to go for chemical-free detergent for washing baby clothes.

7 best detergent for baby clothes that I have personally used

Mother Sparsh Plant Powered Laundry Detergent for Babies

Mother Sparsh is my go-to brand for baby skincare products. The products are natural and completely safe for babies. And one of the first-class products in the baby hygiene category is ‘Mother Sparsh Plant Powered Laundry Detergent for Babies’. This product is a blend of eucalyptus oil, neem extracts and aloe vera gel; specially formulated to retain the softness of baby clothes and maintain their hygiene. Its key features are the following:

  • It’s a safe and plant powered formula, which is specially formulated for newborns.
  • It is mild and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals.
  • It is dermatologically tested.
  • This natural liquid detergent for babies contains bio-enzymes that help in removing tough stains, dirt and bad odour from baby’s clothes.
  • The antibacterial properties of the baby liquid help in removing the microbes, germs & bacteria which arises from food spills, sweat or dirt.
  • The best is that this baby laundry detergent is biodegradable.

Mother Sparsh Laundry detergent for babies

  • Quantity: 1000ml
  • Price:Rs.649
  • Availability:, Nykaa, Flipkart, Amazon, FirstCry
  • Refill pack: Available 500 ml at Rs.349


When hand washing baby clothes:

  • Water and liquid detergent ratio: 5ml liquid detergent into 5 litres of water.
  • Mix detergent and water well and pre-soak the clothes for about 20-30 minutes.
  • Gently hand wash the clothes.
  • Rinse clothes with clean water at least twice.
  • Make sure the detergent is removed from the clothes completely.

When machine washing baby clothes:

  • Water and liquid detergent ratio: 5ml liquid detergent into 5 litres of water.
  • Load the clothes into the washing machine.
  • Choose the cycle.
  • Unload the clothes after the cycle is over.
  • Since it is made up of all the good natural things, I would say that this is the best laundry detergent for babies with sensitive skin! 

Mee Mee Mild Laundry Detergent

This detergent is specially formulated for washing baby clothes. This liquid detergent has anti-bacterial properties and contains no harsh chemicals. It has no artificial colouring and gives a wonderful whitening effect to your baby’s clothes. It’s phosphorus and fluorescent-free and prevents soil and dirt from depositing onto the baby’s clothes. The best part about this product is — it is biodegradable. 

Chicco Baby Laundry Detergent

Chicco ([ˈkikːo]) is an Italian manufacturer of children’s clothing and toys with retail outlets worldwide. One day when I visited their physical store to buy a stroller for my daughter, I picked up its baby laundry detergent. Overall, it was a good buy. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of the detergent help in removing the attached contaminants from the baby’s clothes. It is dermatologically tested and free from harmful chemicals. But one thing I felt is that it failed to remove the toughest stains from the clothes.

The Better Home Laundry Liquid

This baby liquid detergent from the better home is powerful and plant-based. It’s non-toxic and biodegradable. The softness and smell that it provides are great. Only a small amount of detergent is required and stains can be removed to the deepest level. It keeps the brightness of the cloth. The price is a bit on the higher side.

LuvLap Baby Laundry Detergent

This baby detergent is biodegradable and environment friendly. It’s mild and gentle on baby’s skin but tough on dirt and stains. It’s anti-bacterial and non-toxic and has no artificial colours. And its advanced cationic softening factor keeps the garments soft and bright.

Pigeon Baby Laundry Detergent

This liquid concentrated formula has all plant based ingredients and the fragrance is also derived from mother nature. The best thing about this baby liquid is that the little amount is enough to remove the toughest stains gently from the baby’s clothes. The one thing about Pigeon products is that they are affordable.

Himalaya Gentle Baby Laundry Wash

The unique thing about this baby liquid wash is that it includes soap nut (reetha) extracts; it’s known for its stain removal properties. Also the antibacterial properties of ingredients like neem, geranium and lemon effectively sanitize the baby clothes. All these natural cleansing agents are effective yet gentle on baby’s soft clothes. Moreover, when it’s Himalaya, you are assured that it’s something harmless for you and your baby!

Final words

As a first time parent, picking the best baby laundry detergent is not an easy feat. The basic things that you need to consider are: it should be hypoallergenic, the ingredients should be natural, its price and effectiveness and it should also be environmentally friendly! The above list of products has made your job easy. You just need to try and pick the best one which suits your needs. All the brands that we have mentioned above are wonderful and completely safe for your little munchkin!

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