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Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent - The Solution to Sensitive Skin

Updated on April 12, 2015
Clean and green detergent
Clean and green detergent | Source

Experiencing occasional itchiness?

If you find yourself scratching your back, your thighs or the base of your neck due to an unbearable itch, but without any sign of rashes or spots, consider changing your laundry detergent. Such itchiness is likely due to irritation caused by clothes washed using laundry detergent laced with chemicals that your skin doesn't respond well to.

Why Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent?

I've always recommended the use of hypoallergenic laundry detergent to friends and family after I started using them a few years ago. Despite the slightly higher prices, this type of laundry detergent prevents rashes and outbreaks for those with sensitive skin, and is often a more natural (less chemicals) and eco-friendly solution to cleaning your clothes.

I first learnt about hypoallergenic laundry detergent when my brother sought medical advice for a persistent rash that started from his legs, then spread across his body. This was particularly alarming since our family had no history of allergies, including my brother. After prescribing several medicines that only reduced the redness, but couldn't cure his rashes, the doctor finally suggested that it could be the clothes that were causing this reaction. He recommended we use hypoallergenic laundry detergent, and that was the best piece of advice he gave.

Changing to hypoallergenic laundry detergent caused his rashes to clear up (and the occasional itchiness my family felt stopped occurring). Since then, we never looked back.

Hypoallergenic detergent may be slightly more expensive, but the peace of mind it brings totally justifies the higher price. Nowadays, I feel more comfortable in my clothes and I don't have to worry that someone in my family might break out in rashes. (You should be especially careful if you're young children or babies in your family since they tend to have really sensitive skin)

always read the fine print for a clearer picture
always read the fine print for a clearer picture | Source

Making your choice

I hope you're convinced that hypoallergenic laundry detergent is the way to go, and that you're ready to choose between the various brands of hypoallergenic detergent available.

Degree of "Hypoallergenic-ness"

Not all hypoallergenic detergents are made equal! "Hypoallergenic" basically refers to products where common allergens are not included in its composition. However, it's basically up to the interpretation of the company to decide what allergens they don't want to include in their detergent. Hence, always read the fine print on the bottle before deciding on that brand. If you know that there's a specific chemical or allergen that you can't be exposed to, look out for that in the ingredients of the detergent. Otherwise, it defeats the purpose of getting hypoallergenic detergent.

Effectiveness in cleansing

The potent chemicals used in laundry detergents are sometimes the very thing used to remove the dirt and grime from clothes. Without those components, some hypoallergenic laundry detergent cannot clean as effectively as their chemical-filled counterparts. It is therefore really important that you read reviews from shopping sites like Amazon about how well it handles soiled clothes and stains. Doing such basic homework will help you make an informed decision on the potency of the laundry detergent you're going to purchase.

Having discussed the quality of the detergent itself, we now come to price.

Maximizing your every penny

Personally, I don't really skimp on my laundry detergent. The comfort and health benefits just outweigh that slightly higher price I'm paying for my laundry detergent. That, and I'm really too lazy to compare prices. However, for those of you adamant on getting the most bang for your buck, read on.

The math is pretty simple. The cheapest laundry detergent is the one with the lowest Cost Per Load (CPL). So let's say one bag weighing 500g costs $5, with each load requiring 10g of the powder. In this case, the CPL would be 10 cents. Since some detergents recommended the use of more spoonfuls per load, the CPL would be generally higher and could cost more than you expect in the long run.

Doing the research can be a real pain, so I've actually done the homework for you! I've gone through many laundry detergents in the past few years (including Seventh Generation and HE) and found some winners. Below are my favourite picks, and you can go on to read the Amazon reviews if you're not convinced of their quality.

Recommended Detergent

Charlie's Soap "Laundry Powder" 2.64 lbs (FFP)
Charlie's Soap "Laundry Powder" 2.64 lbs (FFP)

You'll see rave reviews for this product on Amazon. It's clean and green (great for people with sensitive skin), AND still works for heavily soiled clothes that need the extra oomph this powder provides to give you clean clothes at the end of the day.


Charlie's Soap Review and Demo

Tell me what detergents you prefer below!

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      yessi 2 years ago

      Theres this company in indiegogo called puretergent that makes hypoallergenic laundry detergent. Scent free, less chemicals and residue. There's really nice perks if you contribute

      to their campaign #nomoreplasticbottles so as a bonus you help disrupt plastic bottles. I can't wait to get my DIY homemade kit from them.

      ..check it out

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      Fibreoptic 4 years ago

      Our family use the laundry products from Skin Salveation after reading an excellent article in the Daily Mail.

      We find it not only cleans the clothes but also leaves the fabric feeling softer.Definitely worth visiting their site