When you struggle with sensitive skin or allergies pertaining to your skin, then you know what a hassle it can be even just washing your clothes. You have to use a special detergent and heaven forbid you try to stay overnight somewhere…for more than a few days…without bringing your own detergent! Thankfully, there are many “free and clear” detergents that you can choose from to ease or possibly eliminate the discomfort that results from artificial fragrances and dyes.
What Are The Symptoms of Detergent Allergy?
There are several ways to self-diagnose a detergent allergy. The most common signs are inflammatory. If you have patches of itchy or red skin where your clothes are frequently touching then you may be allergic to an ingredient in the laundry detergent.
If you have sensitive skin, it is important that you decipher whether the patches of irritated skin could be from chafing or abrasion with the materials of your clothing.
This response happens because our bodies accidentally think one of the detergent’s ingredients is harmful and so it sends histamine chemicals into our bloodstreams to fight the supposed bad bacteria causing inflammatory responses. The common culprit of this reaction is usually the preservatives, fragrances, or dyes used in laundry detergents.
What Laundry Detergent Do Dermatologists Recommend?
You can find a lot of dermatologist recommended detergents for those suffering from psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, or sensitive skin. A perk to using detergent made for sensitive skin is that it is safe for baby clothes as well.
We would also like to point out that the Brand all® free clear is currently the #1 recommended laundry detergent by Dermatologists. A few of these options include:
all Free and Clear Liquid Laundry Detergent
Organic Rain Laundry Detergent
Tide Free and Gentle Liquid Laundry Detergent
Molly’s Suds All Natural Laundry Powder
Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent Unscented
Puracy Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent
Grandmas Pure and Natural All Natural Laundry Soap
Grab Green Natural 3-in-1 Laundry Detergent Pods
MLS Laundry System – The Green
Persil ProClean Power-Liquid Sensitive Skin
How To Choose The Best Soap for Sensitive Skin
A few things to look for when trying to find a safe for sensitive skin laundry detergent is that the soap is fragrance free, no foaming agents, and liquid. Liquid laundry detergents are less likely to leave behind residue and build up on clothes and towels, making it easier to keep your skin from becoming irritated.
Foaming agents are counterproductive because it is actually harder to get clothes that have been introduced to foam completely rinsed. While everyone loves playing with different pleasant scents, the chemicals used to create said scents can cause flare-ups when you suffer from a skin condition so they are best avoided to prevent a rash from detergent.
Consider Making Your Own Laundry Detergent
If you have eczema, psoriasis, rosacea or sensitive skin, making your own laundry detergent could be an ideal option for you. If you do not want to try, or have already tried, the detergents on our list, consider making your own homemade detergent for sensitive skin.
There are many different places on the internet where you can find recipes for homemade sensitive skin detergent. Making your own detergent is better in a lot of ways, especially because you know exactly what your skin is coming into contact with.
At The Eczema Soap we know what it’s like to be careful in the products we use on our skin because it doesn’t take much to cause a serious skin reaction or worse…bring about a flare-up.
While our Honey & Oatmeal Soap bar may not be handy as a laundry detergent substitute, it’s great as a daily skin cleanser and won’t strip away your skin’s natural oil.