Pretreat potential stains before washing.
Between diaper blowouts, drool, and spit-up, your baby's clothes will be put through the wringer. But some stains can be more than just unsightly — they can be breeding grounds for harmful bacteria. "Poop is full of bacteria," Crawley said. "Most household washing machines are set up to wash, but not sterilize." Use a brush or old toothbrush to scrub potential stains with a disinfectant baby detergent before throwing them in the washer. Lemon juice, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and club soda can also be helpful for unsightly stains, like formula.