Babies need as much protection as we can offer them so they stay safe against bacteria, viruses, allergens, and everything that can endanger their health. For this reason, their bath towels (and washcloths) need your undivided attention. Today we will offer you some ideas on how to clean baby bath towels and disinfect them, so your child is always safe.

A Few Tips on Baby Bath Towels before We Begin

As you know, a child’s skin is incredibly vulnerable and sensitive. Pediatricians and dermatologists recommend parents to buy 100% cotton baby bath towels. Cotton is mild and protective with a small child’s skin. Moreover, you should also consider organic cotton as well if the little one has dermatological problems in the first year of life (rashes and eczema for instance). You should also try plush bamboo bath towels for more softness, warmth, and higher absorbency levels.

  1. Consider that you need to clean and change baby’s towels, bath towels, and washcloths as frequently as you can.

They get dirty, smelly, and soiled fast, but when you use them again, you need to have them in perfect shape. It is a precaution measure even for the parents handling these towels and linen, as kids’ illnesses can spread like wildfire in the family.

  1. Many experts agree that you need to pay attention to what cleaning products and methods you use when you care for your baby’s towels and everyday fabrics. They do not recommend bleaching, even if chlorine is a powerful disinfectant because it can harm the baby.

When we talked about cleaning white towels, we recommended using oxygen-based, safe bleach. However, pediatricians say such substances should not make contact with the child’s skin and airwaves, even if you rinsed the towels carefully.

  1. You should also stay away from fabric softeners as well.

Commercials say they are right for children, offering kids’ bathrobes and towels a fluffy, warm, comfortable feel, but if you have a newborn on your hands, fabric softener may not be a good idea, especially if the baby has sensitive skin or shows discomfort in the presence of fragrances.

  1. Get baby washcloths in bulk, as you will go through them like crazy and you do not want to run out of them any time soon.

Now that we summed up these issues let us see a few tips on how to disinfect and how to clean baby’s bath towels, washcloths, and clothes even.

How to Clean Baby Bath Towels, Linen, and Clothes

1.  Use Lemon to have Germ-Free Towels

Lemon is a powerful disinfectant, but it has a slight bleaching effect, so you should better use it on white towels. To keep the baby’s towels, cloth diapers, clothes, and washcloths germ-free fill a basin with hot water and pre-soak the items together with a cup of fresh lemon juice. Let them soak thoroughly for an hour, then squeeze them well and put them in the washing machine to give them a hot wash together with the mildest detergent you can find on the market.

2. Wash the Baby’s Linen and Towels Twice

Continuing on the first step above, let the washing machine perform its cycle, rinse, then rewash the same load. In this day and age, our washing machines are potent, and many come with unique baby-centric washing properties and programs.

However, if you have to clean the towels, bathrobe, clothes, washcloths, and other baby fabrics of a sick child, wash them twice. This method ensures nothing terrible embedded in the cloths survives to harm the child and that you and your family will not contract anything that might jeopardize the family’s health.

2. Vinegar Kills off Bacteria and Odors

A baby’s clothes, diapers, and towels can get very dirty, damp, smelly, and loaded with bacteria and germs on a daily basis. Vinegar solves these problems, but you need to use it with mindfulness, as it also has an overpowering smell that can irritate the child.

Use vinegar to pre-soak the baby’s bath towels and linen in a basin or bathtub. You can also use vinegar in the washing machine and make sure the full load benefits from proper disinfection and cleaning.

Always smell the towels and baby clothes after you washed them with vinegar. If you perceive the faintest scent, rinse them again.

3. Baking Soda Saves the Day

Baking soda can remove all odors from clothes and fabric. Add baking soda to the washing machine when preparing a load for the little one. You can also add the mildest baby detergent in a moderate quantity. Baking soda, while used for skin treatments in adults, can be rough against the skin of a child if you do not rinse the towels and the fabrics thoroughly.

For this reason, just like you should do with the vinegar rinse the load again after a full wash cycle to make sure there is no spec of baking soda powder left embedded in the fabric.

4. Use Pine Oil Disinfectants

The microbiologists at the USDA Textile and Clothing Laboratory love pine oil for its disinfectant properties. Such disinfectants work best with hot or warm water and are safe for white or colored towels. However, we recommend you to stay away from pine oil-based store-bought detergents and washing machine liquids, as they can be rough for the baby’s skin and airwaves.

If you want to refresh and clean the baby’s towels, washcloths, and linen and make sure germs and other nasty bacteria do not proliferate in the fabric, soak the towels or clothes in the tub with hot water and organic pine essential oil.

Pine smells good, but it may be a bit uncomfortable for baby, so rinse the fabrics thoroughly after you used pine oil.

A Few Words on Stain Removal

Babies are messy, so you have to deal with vomit stains, urine, and feces, spilled liquids, hopefully not blood but it happens, baby body oils, medicated ointments, creams, and tinctures, powders, and more.

You can handle most fresh stains with baking soda, vinegar, and water (cold for blood); make sure you never rub the stains, and even if you use bleaches or cleaning products, you use the oxygen-based ones. If you cannot handle more severe stains, go to a professional dry cleaner if you want to save the item in question.


We hope these tips on to wash baby bath towels, linen, and washcloths are useful and actionable for you. If you have suggestions of your own or advice that you gained with your parenthood experience, feel free to share your thoughts with the community. We are sure nobody says no to novelty methods of keeping babies safe, healthy, and happy.




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