Detergents and soaps can contain a lot of chemicals and ingredients that irritate the skin. If you or anyone in your family tend to get rashes or skin problems from common household products, you may want to think about switching to hypoallergenic laundry detergent. Here are the best detergents and dryer sheets for sensitive skin.
Free and Clear
The main culprits in dry itchy skin caused by detergents are dye and fragrances. Buying a detergent that is made free from dyes and artificial scents is the best way to avoid irritated skin. These detergents still wash and clean thoroughly, although you may have to use an additional product for stain removal. Almost all major laundry detergent brands, like All, Gain and Tide make free and clear versions of their products.
Organic Baby Detergents
If you’ve tried free and clear products and they just don’t work for you, try an organic baby detergent. Baby products are already made for sensitive baby skin, and organic brands tend to take it a step further. Choose a fragrance-free baby detergent for best results. Most brands also make a natural dryer sheet product as well, so look for those.
Natural Soap Powder
There a few different companies that make a natural powdered detergent that is free from most allergens. If you usually use liquid detergents, it may take some time getting used to how much powder to use per load, but this can be a very smart option for those with sensitive skin. Powdered natural detergents can be a little pricey, so do your research and shop around before deciding on a brand.
DIY Dryer Sheets
You can make your dryer sheets using a blend of vinegar and essential oils placed on a soft cloth. Some essential oils can be irritants to sensitive skin, so opt for a gentle scent like lavender or citrus.
Finding laundry detergent that’s safe for your family’s sensitive skin is possible with a little research.