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A guide to unscented and fragrance-free washing powders and laundry detergents

Looking for the best fragrance free washing powder or laundry detergent? Find out why fragrance free detergent may be a good choice for your household here.

Do you, or does someone else in your family, have sensitive skin or suffer from eczema? If so, you’ve probably clocked that chemical additives and fragrances found in everyday products such as washing powder and fabric conditioner can cause hair-pulling levels of irritation. Avoid the discomfort of skin irritation and other allergic symptoms by switching to an effective fragrance free washing powder or fragrance free detergent, like those made by Neutral. Read on to find out more.

Dramatic but True: Unscented Washing Powder can Change Lives

If you have sensitive skin, are allergic to fragrance, are prone to irritant-type rashes, or suffer from contact dermatitis (eczema), then it’s wise to wash clothes with the best fragrance free detergent you can get your hands on. Same goes for fabric conditioner. Using no fragrance laundry detergents can (no joke!) transform the life of someone accustomed to the discomfort and frustration that sensitive skin reactions routinely cause.

A standard laundry detergent can contain a range of complex synthetic fragrance ingredients, and in some people these ingredients can cause an allergic reaction. The best way to prevent this is to use unscented washing powder or unscented laundry detergent from a trusted brand with scientific backing. Neutral is one brand whose products fit that bill.

Am I Sensitive to Fragrance?

It’s entirely possible to experience fragrance sensitivity from cleaning products without realising what it is that is causing the allergic symptoms.

Most reactions to fragrance sensitivities are shown on skin – for example, a skin rash (which may appear on any part of the body coming into contact with soap or detergent residue), hives, or patches of dry, scaly skin. For more detailed information on perfume or fragrance allergies, including how they can affect you and how to reduce symptoms, check out our other article about Perfume Allergies and Other Fragrance Allergies.

Remember These Key Points:

  1. High quality, dermatologically tested and approved products such as Neutral’s 0% unscented liquid detergent and washing powder range will protect family members with sensitive skin or eczema (dermatitis) from experiencing irritating skin reactions caused by exposure to chemical additives and fragrance ingredients.
  2. Unscented detergent for babies is available and recommended for parents who want to look after their baby’s sensitive skin. Neutral’s ‘0%’ range of laundry products for instance, is safe to be used on the whole family’s clothing and bedding.
  3. Even if only one member of your household suffers from sensitive skin, it’s a good idea for everyone to switch to fragrance free detergent or fragrance free washing powder. If not, the sufferer’s symptoms are unfortunately likely to persist.
  4. As well as your washing powder or laundry detergent, switch to a fragrance free fabric conditioner. The same goes for dryer sheets, washing up detergent, and hand soap. Go for products offered by trusted, established brands with scientifically proven formulations, such as Neutral.

Follow those steps and you’ll be well on your way to banishing sensitivity symptoms from your household. Note – no-fragrance laundry detergent or fragrance free washing powder may be a tad more expensive than regular laundry products. For those who suffer from a perfume allergy, general skin sensitivity, or irritant issue, however, the health and wellbeing benefits far outweigh any minor increase to the household budget.

Unscented Laundry Detergent and Fragrance Free Washing Powder: Why Use Them?

If you have sensitive skin, or suffer from allergies or asthma, it’s a good idea to investigate unscented products or fragrance free products. Fragrance free products are specially designed to be hypoallergenic, and so they are your best chance of preventing future skin irritation or allergic symptom onset.

For more information on the ingredients in products mentioned in this tip, visit What’s in Unilever Products here.

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When choosing a fragrance free washing powder or fragrance free detergent, look for scientifically proven formulas that have been dermatologically tested and approved. Neutral’s range of ‘0%’ washing powders and laundry detergents are scientifically endorsed by the Danish Asthma and Allergy Association.

Safety Warning


Always read the fine print on the label of any new product, especially on cleaning products. If you’re doing laundry, read the care label on the garment first. Patch test new cleaning products, and follow any safety warnings on the label. Keep cleaning products out of reach of children.