by • April 7, 2016 • Laundry Care, Sensitive SkinComments (0)2049

All About Laundry Rash

Nothing can make you crazy faster than an itchy rash.  You may blame it on cold weather, the wrong moisturizer, or bad genes but the problem is probably in your closets and started in the laundry room.  That rash could be laundry rash.

What does Laundry Rash Look Like?

Laundry rash is red and itchy. It may or may not have raised bumps or “hives”. Sometimes it starts with a tingling or burning sensation before it gets itchy and sometimes it itches from the beginning.  It can appear quickly and take weeks to heal or it may come and go. Laundry rash is uncomfortable.

What Causes Laundry Rash?

The most common causes of laundry rash are the ingredients. Manufacturers get tough on grime by using heavy duty chemicals, and then, they add dyes and fragrances.  They top it all off with preservatives to keep those toxic chemicals fresh.  Here are some of the most common offenders:

fragrancesFragrances. Fragrance is the number one cause of problems with laundry detergent.  Even “fragrance free” formulas can have masking fragrance to cover the odor of the ingredients.  Read labels and look for a laundry detergent that lists no fragrance or masking fragrance on the label.

Preservatives. Preservatives keep the product fresh.  The most common preservative irritant is formaldehyde.  Yep, the same ingredient used to preserve and embalm the dead is used to keep laundry detergent fresh. Don’t embalm yourself while you are living; always avoid formaldehyde. Look for the formaldehyde releasers like quaternium-15 and diazolidinyl urea too.

Dyes. Dyes are added to mask the color of detergent and because manufacturers think we want it.  This ingredient isn’t necessary for detergent to be effective. Some companies add blue dye to make whites appear whiter. If you need whiter whites, use a sodium percarbonate bleach; don’t use blue dye!

Laundry Rash Relief

laundryPodsLaundry rash is uncomfortable and you want it to stop NOW. Soothe the rash and change the way you do laundry.

Treat Your Rash. A great treatment for all rashes is a mixture of pure glycerin and alcohol-free witch hazel.  Glycerin is a natural moisturizer and witch hazel has anti-inflammatory properties.   50/50 mixture of glycerin and witch hazel will provide relief.

Treat Your Laundry. Toss out your current laundry detergent and switch to GrabGreen Laundry Detergent pods.  It’s tough on stains and dirt but easy on skin. It doesn’t have the dyes, fragrances, masking fragrances, and preservatives that cause laundry rash.  Stop using liquid fabric softener.  It also contains irritants and leaves a residue. For fabric softening or to control static electricity , use a wet dryer sheet like the ones from Grab Green.

Remove Residue. Your linens and clothes are coated in an irritating and allergenic residue.  Remove this residue by ruining these items through the wash cycle with vinegar.

laundry2Read Labels. Start reading the labels on the other products around the house.  If it contains dyes, fragrances, masking fragrances, formaldehyde, and formaldehyde releasers toss it out and replace it with a healthier alternative.  The Environmental Working Group maintains a database of safety information for more than 2,000 cleaning products so check there for good product safety information.

Be good to your skin, it’s the best defense your body has.

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