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The best laundry detergent for sensitive skin

Do you have sensitive skin? Read on to find out what is the best detergent to use for sensitive skin & how to minimise allergen triggers when doing laundry.


By Cleanipedia Team

Washing Machine Detergent for sensitive skin

If you suffer with sensitive skin, or with skin conditions such as eczema, you may notice that your symptoms tend to flare up when you wear clothes after they’ve just been washed. Symptoms like itching, scratching, and a red rash could be caused by an allergic reaction to your laundry detergent. Some laundry detergents contain enzymes that help break down stains, but these enzymes are known to be allergens, and can affect those with sensitive skin, and babies who have not yet built up immunities to allergic triggers. So what’s the solution? What is the best type of laundry detergent for sensitive skin?

Which Detergent for Sensitive Skin: Bio or Non-Bio?

One of the best laundry detergents for sensitive skin is a non-bio detergent like Persil Non Bio, used with a dermatologically tested fabric softener, like Comfort Pure. Non-bio products, unlike bio detergents, do not contain enzymes that can trigger allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin, and in babies. Bio products are ideal for families with no history of sensitive skin as the enzymatic formula serves as a booster for effective stain removal, which means bio works well even at low temperatures and can contribute towards a ‘green’ lifestyle. However, for those with eczema or other skin conditions, non-bio is the best choice for over-all cleaning that is gentle on sensitive skin. Keep an eye out for non-bio Persil products when you next go shopping.

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Why Persil?

The big question is – why choose Persil non-bio products? Persil non-bio products boast a number of unique features which make them stand out amongst the competition. As well as being hypoallergenic, Persil’s new non-bio bottle formula is more effective than ever (which is great news for mums with messy kids). Persil’s aim is to create non-bio laundry products that produce effective cleaning results, even without enzymes. They’ve even made sure their non-bio detergents are formulated with a light fragrance, so you still get that same fresh smell without risking a reaction.

What Else to Look for in a Detergent Suitable for Sensitive Skin?

Unnecessary additives in some cleaning products can cause skin irritations on sensitive skin. To reduce the risk of skin irritation, it’s a good idea to look for products that do not contain common irritants, for example fragrance or colour. Basically, the less unnecessary additives a detergent has, the gentler it should be on sensitive skin. An unscented or fragrance-free detergent is a suitable option for sensitive skin.

Why Neutral?

If Persil non-bio isn’t for you, then why not try Neutral 0% Laundry Detergent? Neutral believe that we shouldn’t be held back by skin allergies, and so all their laundry products (and skin care range) are specially developed for people with sensitive skin and allergies. Originating in Denmark, Neutral products are endorsed by the Danish Asthma and Allergy Association. So, why is Neutral’s formula suitable for sensitive skin? Neutral 0% detergents are free from perfumes, colourants, and parabens. They offer effective stain removal and overall cleaning for white and coloured clothes, without the unnecessary additives that may cause skin irritation.

Easy Ways to Minimise Allergen Triggers

When you use a suitable detergent for sensitive skin, it’s easy to minimise the risk of skin irritation from laundry products and protect sensitive skin. However, there are ways to reduce the risk of adverse reactions even further. Here are two ways to help protect delicate skin:

  • Use the Right Amount of Detergent

If your clothes are heavily stained or very smelly, it’s very tempting to add a little more detergent than you need just to get them extra clean. However, with a concentrated detergent like Persil, you only need a small amount of detergent to do the trick. By using more than the recommended amount, you increase the risk of a soapy residue being left on your clothing – this not only makes your clothes feel stiff, but can also trigger allergic reactions. Always read the dosing instructions on your detergent’s packaging before use. 

  • Wash New Clothes Before Wearing

New clothes always feel nice and soft, and some people hate the thought of washing them before wearing as they might lose that fluffiness. However, the problem with new clothes is that you don’t know what’s lurking on them. Clothes may be covered in chemicals from the fabric dyeing processes, for example, which can be a nightmare for those with sensitive skin, and for babies. If you suffer with skin conditions, it’s always best to wash before wearing, and the good news is that by using a dermatologically tested fabric softener like Comfort Pure or Neutral 0%, you can still enjoy that amazing soft and cosy feel next to the skin, without breaking out in an itchy rash.

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