I’m feeling a little sore today after putting on a freshly washed pair of PJs last night and instantly breaking out in an unbearably itchy bout of hives.
A dash for the detergent box left me none the wiser – as I was dismayed to discover the following vague ingredients list:
This powder contains “amongst other” ingredients:
- 15-30% Oxygen based bleaching agents (specific...)
- 5-15% Non-ionic surfactants
- >5% Zeolite, Cationic surfactants, Poly carboxylates, Phosphonates, Soap
- Also contains Optical brightener (a clearly made-up word!), Perfume
Now I know we’re not ingesting the stuff but environmental triggers such as household products can cause serious flare-ups, as my back is living proof of!
For that reason, us sensitive skin sufferers need to know exactly what’s in the box.
Here’s what I’ve learnt about choosing sensitive skin-friendly suds:
- Pick a liquid detergent over a powder, as it’s less likely to leave residues in your fabric.
- Choose a non-biological detergent as these are enzyme-free. It is thought that enzymes can aggravate damaged skin and many report an immediate improvement after switching from biological.
- Use half of the recommend amount of detergent or opt for Eco wash balls instead.
- Use less detergent on garments and bed linen that is going to be in direct contact with the skin for sustained periods of time.
- Pick an un-fragranced detergent as artificial fragrances are one of the most common skin irritants.
- Opt for a long rinse cycle to ensure all detergent residues have been washed away.
- Don’t overload your machine as this can prevent thorough rinsing.