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A Study on the Washing and Satisfaction of Newborn Clothing - Focused on Innerwear -

신생아복 세탁 실태 및 만족도에 관한 연구 -배냇저고리 중심으로-

  • Roh, Eui Kyung (Dept. of Clothing & Textiles, Chonbuk National University)
  • Received : 2019.01.18
  • Accepted : 2019.02.22
  • Published : 2019.04.30

Abstract

This study analyzed satisfaction with and washing of newborn clothing (especially the innerwear washing behaviors) which are considered to be the most basic items among newborn clothing.The survey was conducted on mothers with children under 24 months old. Using an average of 6.7 innerwear items that were changed average 2.3 times a day with baby formula and breast milk representing the main contaminants. When washing clothes for a newborn, respondents were mainly concerned with: rinsing residual detergent, removing stains and contaminants, and sterilization and disinfection. Items were washed by a laundry label to prevent clothes damage. A baby-friendly or environmentally-friendly detergent was used to wash before being worn after purchase was separated and washed in various washing courses of the washing machine every day, boiled, rinsed an average 3.6 times, and dried mainly in the sun. Environmentally friendly cotton (59.5%) and organic cotton (41.6%) products were mainly used; however, items were washed separately from regular laundry. Respondents were satisfied with methods of washing. Consumers are concerned about washing because they think that washing affects a newborn's health. Therefore, it is necessary to provide consumers with appropriate information on washing and establish regulations for the use of harmful substances in newborn clothing and detergents.

Keywords

washing newborn clothing;innerwear;washing satisfaction;eco-friendly textile

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