By: Annajo Terrill

When you have sensitive skin, laundry detergents can cause mild to severe allergic reactions. Recently, I started noticing that my skin was more dry and irritated than it has been in previous years. I’ve been using the same skin care products, so I was confused about what might be causing this irritation.

I realized the only thing I had changed were my laundry detergents.

I never realized a laundry detergent could have such a significant effect on my skin, but it does! As redheads, sometimes our sensitive skin can turn this chore of washing our clothes into even more of a chore. Most laundry detergents contain dyes and fragrances to clean and deodorize our clothing. These chemicals can cause dry and itchy irritation for a redhead’s sensitive skin.

If this is a problem you’ve encountered before, we’d like to help you find the solution. For the most part, the solution is pretty simple: fragrance-free, dye-free laundry detergents, which often have the phrase “free and clear” on the label are the best choice for sensitive skin.

Last year, How to be a Redhead brought you the top 8 laundry detergents all redheads should know about. Here are a few more: 

 

1. Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder

A brand name that consistently appears on sensitive skin lists.  If you prefer powdered detergent for your wash, this is the brand for you.  Not only does Charlie’s Soap rinse clean, leaving no residue behind, but it’s good for the environment too!

2. Honest Laundry Detergent

This detergent was created by actress Jessica Alba as part of her green line of cleaning products that are safe to use around children.  This brand is environmentally conscious and great for sensitive skin, but apparently does not work well on heavily soiled clothing.  It is available at Target stores or online, and every purchase helps fund research for other safe, cruelty-free products.

 

 

3. Nellie’s All Natural Laundry Soda

This product’s highly concentrated formula will leave your clothes soft and fresh and rinse residue free. Only one tablespoon is needed for a regular size load of laundry, and all formulas are gluten, phosphate, fragrance, and chlorine-free.  This product also works great for mixing a chemical-free DIY spot remover.

4. Puracy Natural Laundry Detergent

This detergent was developed by doctors in Austin, Texas for sensitive skin and allergy sufferers.  It has a pump top to eliminate spilling and is made from natural, hypoallergenic ingredients.  Of course it is sulfate, phosphate, dye, chlorine, and allergen free and is never tested on animals.

 

Which detergent do you use on your sensitive skin? Share below & Rock it like a Redhead!