Laundry Tips for Sensitive Skin

Help your sensitive skin by learning these laundry tips

Those who suffer with multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), as well as anyone with psoriasis, eczema, allergies, asthma or itchy skin rashes may find it beneficial to pay attention to their ‘fabrics’ used for clothing and linens and the laundry tips for sensitive skin.

Understanding how fabrics are treated

Laundry Tips for Sensitive SkinFabrics are often bleached, dyed and treated with flame retardants and/or permanent-press chemicals so it is no wonder that skin reactions occur and the incidence of fabric-related reactions has increased in recent years as the manufacturing of fabric has become increasingly chemically based. What you may not be aware of however, is that many of the fabric treatments such as bleach, dye, flame retardants, permanent press and sizing chemicals, sun protection and even insect repellants; remain in the fabric, even after washing.

Tips for laundering your clothing and linens

• Buy biodegradable, fragrance-free laundry detergents that contain no petrochemicals.
• Always wash new clothes prior to wearing them to remove any chemical residue.
• Avoid dry cleaning if possible. If fabrics are delicate or intricate in design they can be hand-washed and then sent to the dry cleaners for pressing only.
• Avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets. To prevent static cling and soften clothes add a cup of vinegar to the wash water and some baking soda to the rinse.
• Dry clothes in the sun. To whiten your clothing add lemon juice to your rinse cycle then dry in the sun – it is even more effective than bleach.
• Use a non-perfumed, vegetable-based liquid soap with a cup of baking soda or borax to boost the cleaning power of soap.
• Soak clothing overnight in diluted vinegar before washing.
• Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of Epsom salts to the wash cycle to brighten your clothes.

In order to eliminate whether the fabric from the clothing you wear may be contributing to your sensitive skin try our laundry tips for sensitive skin. At the very least we hope it has given you an overview of how fabrics are treated and how to launder and care for your clothes and linens. As a general rule remember to always read the care instruction tag within your garment prior to washing.

For information read our article on “Fabrics and Sensitive Skin”.

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