Laundry Detergent and Your Skin

They might smell fresh and flowery, but laundry detergents can sometimes irritate your skin, especially if you are sensitive. It's important to take a look at the ingredients and know your allergy triggers before you invest in a new brand. The more you know, the better you can prevent potential problems.

The warning label urges you to avoid direct skin contact. You would think a cleaning agent would be safe for your skin, but the surfactants used in detergent not only work to remove oils from clothing but oils from your skin as well. This can cause irritation and aggravate skin issues. If your skin is particularly sensitive, you may break out in a rash after wearing clothes that have been washed with conventional detergents.

Recent studies suggest common laundry detergents also contain chemicals that can disrupt endocrine function and hormone balance. As a result, this can negatively affect fertility and contribute to other problems such as heart disease and depression. With these problems, you might be thinking, "How important is it to have clean clothes?" Obviously, you need a realistic solution. 

One way to eliminate problems is to use less detergent. You only need a little to get the job done. Too much will leave a residue on your clothing, which can cause problems. Natural detergents are also a good alternative. Today, many stores carry a variety of natural options. They are more gentle and free of harsh toxins. Plus, the bonus of using a natural detergent is doing your part to help the environment.



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