It is simple to think that doing laundry only consists of washing, drying, and folding. However, this household chore is a nuisance for those who suffer from skin irritation. An allergy can be triggered in doing laundry.
Fragrances, preservatives, dyes, and other chemicals in laundry detergent cause rashes. These allergies and sensitivities are developed after the first or repeated exposure to these chemicals. If you have sensitive skin, you probably experience these symptoms:
- Red rashes
- Dry, scaly skin
- Mild to severe itching
Usually, skin irritation occurs in specific areas where these irritants come into contact. But, since your body comes into contact with the washed clothing and linens, these symptoms may appear anywhere.
Here are a few tips on how you can lessen skin irritation when doing laundry:
- Try out different detergents.
It is challenging to know the detergent that is right for your skin. Start with choosing laundry detergents that have no dyes and fragrances, since these are the main culprits of skin irritation. Check the label of the laundry detergents if they are hypoallergenic and specifically formulated for sensitive skin.
- Use detergents that are dye and fragrance-free.
It is imperative to use detergents that are free from dye and fragrance. You can even create your own detergent with washing soda and borax. This solution is fragrance- and dye-free and can even save you money.
- Rinse the wash load multiple times.
Detergent residues come unnoticed and can irritate your skin. Rinse your wash load twice to ensure there isn’t any residue left. You might think doing this at the laundry service is costly as you have to pay twice for the load, but that’s fine, instead of suffering from skin irritation.
- Avoid fabric conditioners. Use baking soda and vinegar.
Fabric softeners and dryer sheets also contain irritating ingredients. If you want a detergent booster for your wash load, use baking soda and vinegar. Baking soda and vinegar make a great natural cleaning solution. Use them instead of detergent or during a second wash cycle. They help brighten and soften clothes naturally.
- Only use enough amount of laundry detergent.
It is a myth that using more laundry detergent makes your clothes cleaner. Only use the recommended amount of laundry detergent to ensure there will only be little to no residues.
- Do regular maintenance on your washing machine.
You do not know the grimes and debris that are left in the corners of the washer. A hot water cycle with baking soda and vinegar will help clear soap residues and chemical buildup in the washer.
- Pre-treat stains with natural ingredients.
Avoid using commercial stain removers, these products have bleach and harsh chemicals that triggers your skin sensitivity. Lemon, baking soda, and white vinegar are helpful natural ingredients that can remove stubborn stains.
If you rely on laundry pickup and delivery services, you cannot see the laundry detergent they use on your garments. It is best to tell them about your skin concerns to ensure you will not experience any discomfort after receiving your clothes.