As with a lot of cleaning products your laundry detergent could be affecting the health of your skin. I have also heard this from people who do not necessarily suffer from sensitive skin or eczema.
Some brands are harsher than others. I was using Daz before and I was sure it didn’t agree with me. I was a new graduate who had just got my first full time job and my mindset at the time was to buy the most affordable product.
Fairy Non Bio is what I use now. It has been voted the number one laundry detergent for sensitive skin. You can buy the pods in bulk from Amazon.
Or find their other products here.
I prefer the pods because they’re easier in the sense that they don’t require cleaning out the drawer afterwards. Laziness is just efficiency, right?
How Does It Work?
Non bio products don’t contain the enzymes that regular bio detergents do. These aid in the breakdown of stains containing protein, starch and fat.
This can cause concern that your washing is not being cleaned as thoroughly.
Unfortunately, those enzymes that are so good at removing stains are also what may be upsetting your skin. If you wash your clothes regularly and at a higher temperature then you shouldn’t have an issue. If possible, try to get your wash above 50° C and avoid the quick wash cycles.
I understand that it is not always possible to find this time during the week or even at the weekend. Before I moved into my new flat I was living communally with five washing machines between four blocks of flats. I realised that the best time of day to get a machine was earlier on or straight after work.
I now live in my own flat with my own washing machine (I was so excited when we got this – maybe too much so). It has a timer that allows me to put my washing in the drum at night and start so it would complete after I finish work.
I admit that I didn’t use fabric softener until I moved in with Barry who does, therefore I don’t have much to say about it. We’ve been using Comfort and it doesn’t seem to be causing any issues. If anyone has any recommendations let me know.
I’m going to try the EcoEgg next time.