A lot of new mommies out there are wondering when they can shift to regular household detergent to lessen the overflowing cost of taking care of the baby n the best possible way we can.
Here’s how I shifted:
It’s a funny and often nakakamangha (amazing) that all these things are invented for babies! Back in our mother’s time of raising us, THESE DID NOT EXIST. Just the regular detergents.
I am shocked to find out that there’s such thing! It’s like it’s pushing my pockets to another side of the world. I was really hesitant to buy these baby detergent because of their PRICES!
Imagine 1KG of baby detergent is around Php 279 while 2.7KG of tide is only 299? Double the price for a lesser quantity, but back then, my brain was not fully functioning because my pregnancy hormones took over me! HAHAHA. Of course,
I bought these things that I really didn’t need but society dictated that I SHOULD BUY IT. HAHAHA. I am a very gullible person when it comes to marketing! Hahaha. Not only that, when I usually put my game face on with some product, I hoard and make sure that I buy at least 2 brands so I can compare.
To tell you the truth. They are just the same!
But I prefer Cycles for its smell.
Time came and we moved to Cotabato, an outdated place that doesn’t really have much options. Lazada was out of stock that time so Rene and I talked about it. So we decided to use Perla White because it is the MOST HYPOALLERGENIC Detergent Bar out there. Pansin niyo, hindi masyado mabula? (Look, it’s not forming too many bubble right?) I like that. It means that there are lesser chemicals. Also, notice its claim that it’s gentle with the hands? So I concluded that’s it okay because even my mother told me so! That time we had a stay-in ate and we had no problem. Until one day, that ate decided to leave me! To cut the long story short, I had to be resourceful with what my options are.
Here are the tips that I learned washing my baby’s clothes for A CHEAPER PRICE!
Grated Perla Hand Bar – Use it as it is, or if you are using washing machine SHAVE IT! Use a grater. It’s very easy! I usually put 1 bar into 1 full load.
Any detergent powder – I used this but I made sure I rinse the clothes 4-5 times to make sure no chemicals that might irritate my baby’s skin left.
As for the Fabric Softener, I think it’s a must for our country kasi ang init ng araw, often times pag nalimutan mo ang sampay mo na walang fabric softener, NANINIGAS siya! Hahaha. I shifted to DOWNY BABY because it is widely available in the supermarkets and it smells so good! Konti lang, pak na!
By the way, I suggest shifting to regular detergent around 4 months na, why? Because the first 3 months of the baby’s life is really prone to rashes since they are adjusting to this new world. I also suggest that if you have time, IRON THE CLOTHES. In our household, it’s a must because we believe it can kill bacteria, small insects and sanitize at the same time. It’s never bad to be OA right? Basta hindi magkasakit ang bata!
We stopped ironing baby’s clothes around 8 months. I had no regrets! Kahit na masakit sa likod, I believed it kept my baby from getting sick.