My husband has eczema and I have allergies, so I am fussy about the kinds of detergents and cleaners that I use in our home. Years ago I started using All Free & Clear because it was recommended by the "Safe Shoppers Bible", but since that time there are many other dye and perfume free laundry detergents on the market from which to choose.
Arm & Hammer Liquid Laundry Detergent for Sensitive Skin comes in yellow bottle with the familiar arm and hammer symbol. It is concentrated so it goes farther by using less. I have a front load washing machine and I was told that I can safely use this detergent in my machine, even though it is not a specifically an HE detergent, I just use less.
Part of what makes this detergent a good choice for sensitive skin is the fact that it contains no dyes or perfumes. There are no phosphates either, so it is better for the environment and for septic systems.
I am a stickler for ingredients, and try to read labels before making a purchase. If you are of that mind, you may want to know what the ingredients are. This detergent contains: Biodegradable surfactants anionic and nonionic): Arm & Hammer baking soda, water softener, soil anti-redeposition agent, and an optical brightener.
Finding a laundry detergent that works for those with sensitive skin can be a bit of trial and error. I have used "all natural" choices that didn't work well, but this one really does live up to its claims. While not using any perfumes, clothes still smell fresh and clean. I love that the detergent is clear, because I have had some of those blue liquid detergents stain my clothes!
My viewpoint is this is a good detergent. It is concentrated, so it is good for the environment as well as good for sensitive skin.
Fortunately, making homemade laundry detergent for sensitive skin or hypoallergenic laundry detergent is very easy, and very affordable. With a few basic supplies and a bar of incredibly gentle goat milk soap (I recommend ), you can make a batch in less than 15 minutes.
Another way to choose the best laundry detergent for sensitive skin is to stick with what you know. If your favorite brand makes an alternative, gentle laundry detergent for people with sensitive skin, consider trying it. Some companies even offer guarantees and will refund your money or replace the product with another detergent of your choosing if the product doesn’t live up to its promises. Be sure to look for such guarantees in case the alternative version irritates your skin. To comply with the terms and conditions, you might need to hang on to the receipt, packaging, or both.
Choosing the best laundry detergent for sensitive skin involves comparing labels and ingredients, considering current brands, and determining which product version is best for you. Considering detergents that claim to be designed for sensitive skin helps, but it’s also important to learn which ingredients irritate your skin. If you’re already loyal to a certain brand, you might check to see if that company also makes a detergent for people with sensitive skin. Going further, you should even decide whether liquid or powder versions work best for you, as some powders can fail to completely dissolve, leaving chemicals behind on your clothing. Of course, if all else fails you might consider a DIY detergent.