If you or a family member experience itchy skin for unknown reasons – you may need to look no further than your laundry detergent. Yes! The culprit is oftentimes lurking there, undetected and disguised as an innocent household essential. This seemingly innocuous must-have often harbors a dark secret… chemicals that trigger irritant-contact dermatitis or contact-allergic dermatitis.
The Connection Between Itchy Skin and Laundry Detergents
Both forms of contact dermatitis result in itching, rash, redness, and inflammation—sometimes mild, sometimes severe. When chemicals in laundry detergent aren’t fully rinsed away in the wash, they ultimately come into contact with our skin when we wear our clothes, sleep in our linens, or dry off with a towel. The fiber-clinging chemicals react with the skin, which creates a reaction and ultimately, discomfort. The problem is widespread–so much so that WebMD* named household cleaners, including laundry detergents, as the number two offender on its Dirty Dozen list of most common skin irritants.
But What About Conventional Detergents for Sensitive Skin?
Even when using a special detergent that’s marketed towards those with skin sensitivities and itchy skin, the truth is that many of these detergents still contain icky chemicals that can cling to the fabric in your clothing and lead to itching.
The conventional surfactants used in most detergents are hard to remove with a single rinse, and unless you rinse your laundry twice (waste of time, water & energy) you’re still exposing your skin to toxic chemicals.
Bid Itchy Skin Farewell
A simple solution is to switch from conventional detergents to Grab Green Fragrance-Free Laundry Pods or Powder. These hypoallergenic detergents contain none of the chemicals that cause itchy skin and require only a single pass through the rinse cycle to fully remove.
Because they rely on plant and mineral-based ingredients and surfactants for their effective cleaning power, you can use them to wash the entire family’s laundry—clothing, linens, towels, and more–without itchy issues to contend with later. Nothing’s simpler!