More and more people are choosing to purchase more all-natural, or ‘“green,” cleaning products for their home. While some do it to be environmentally responsible, others are more concerned about health risks that other types of cleaning products present for themselves and their families.
Then there are people who change products out of sheer necessity – like those who swap laundry detergents due to sensitive skin.
Some time ago my daughter began developing a rash on her arms and hands. It’s frustrating to see your child’s angry red skin and discomfort, not sure what might be causing it. We ended up having to completely change the soaps and detergents she was being exposed to.
Unfortunately, overly perfumed and nearly poisonous laundry detergents have basically become the norm, and in order to avoid exposing yourself and your family to allergic reactions or other side effects, it means finding other solutions.
Hypoallergenic laundry detergent is formulated to cause the least amount of allergies and will contain softer chemicals. But, as with any comparison of products, it’s always best to research a product before buying it so as to not waste your money.
There are a number of reasons why laundry soap can trigger an allergic reaction, but the most common ones are caused by two factors.
The first culprit has no good reason to be in there at all – dyes.
If someone in your family is suffering from contact dermatitis, hives, eczema, or any other skin conditions, this should be the first thing that you look to cut from your laundry detergents. Is there really any reason for us to feel like we are washing our clothes with alien mucus?
The second scoundrel might remind you of a field of lavender, but the effects it has on some people are a bit more sinister.
Added perfume can range from barely noticeable to extremely potent. These strong scents can trigger other problems such as asthma attacks, headaches, etc. If you want to smell like flowers, go for a walk in a garden – this stuff should not come in contact with your skin.
The fact that detergents can contain such harmful chemicals does not make things easier when you’re in the detergent aisle in your local grocery store staring at several different brands of detergent. It’s overwhelming trying to pick a brand that will be safe for your family.
Following are some things to consider when choosing the best laundry detergent for your family.
How well does it clean?
This isn’t really a question you can easily answer from the detergent aisle, rather a bit of online research can go a long way with making an accurate decision regarding what detergent is best for your family.
For a list of laundry detergents available, consider visiting Stain-removal-101. This list details which products are scent or dye-free, which products are all-natural, and also provides user reviews so you can make an informed choice regarding the best hypoallergenic detergent for your family.
How much does it cost?
While hypoallergenic detergent meets a very real and specific need, it can cause undue stress in other areas, namely your home budget.
The fact is that specialized products such as these tend to cost more to produce. This largely varies depending on what products you intend to buy and also how you intend to purchase them.
Several detergents listed as the best hypoallergenic detergents might not be available at your local grocery store, in certain areas of the country, or even online.
Prices can also vary based on the degree of concentration of the product, which often correlates to how well it cleans.
Some of the top products, based on price, seem to be All Free & Clear, Method Free & Clear, Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent, Charlie’s Soap Laundry Powder, and The Honest Company Detergent, and our favorite, MyGreenFills (more info below).
All of these detergents are available online for under twenty dollars and will wash seventy or more loads. Prices in your local stores will vary, if they are available there.
Does it do what it says it does?
Once you’ve tackled the cleaning and cost factors, the only question that should remain is: will this work for my family’s skin?
There are quite a few manufacturers of hypoallergenic laundry detergent, and unfortunately, none of them absolutely guarantee that you or your family won’t have an allergic reaction.
If you aren’t sure whether a certain detergent will cause a reaction, reading reviews of products can be very helpful.
Not everyone will have the same reaction to a product, but it’s always a good idea to see if there is any information that can be gleaned from other people’s experiences.
When you’re ready to move ahead with a detergent, begin by purchasing the smallest size of the product in order to try it out. You don’t want to end up with a gallon of detergent that you can’t use because it irritates your child’s skin.
Many companies even have laundry soap samples available, so be sure to check if you want to save money trying several brands.
A better solution!
Due to our increased awareness of the toxicity of laundry soap, we were excited when we found a company that is doing it right in so many ways, not just for our skin!
MyGreenFills wants to help our environment, as well as simplify your laundry life.
They keep all the yucky stuff out of their products so you don’t have to worry about the toxic harsh chemicals in conventional laundry soap that cause so many allergies.
This will also be the last jug you’ll ever need because their innovative product is sent in a little refill packet whenever you want. (No more running out of detergent because you forgot to pick it up at the store, or for that matter, lugging those heavy jugs home!)
AND they have a new Discovery Kit so you can try it out for yourself!