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Detox Your Home: Why your skin needs a hypoallergenic laundry detergent

6 minute read / For your home

Is your laundry detergent making you itch?

We wear our largest organ ­– about 20 feet of it – on the outside of our body. Our skin. It has the important job of being the first line of defense from germs and toxic substances ­– like the skin-irritating chemical residues of conventional laundry detergents. If your skin reacts by getting itchy and irritated, it’s time to take a closer look at your detergent’s ingredients.

It’s Not Just Soap

Traditional laundry detergent is one of the most common skin irritants, and that’s because you’re getting a lot more than just soap when you wash your fabrics with them. Synthetic dyes, preservatives and other harmful chemical irritants are also on the ingredient lists. When these chemicals come into everyday contact with your skin –the clothes you wear, the sheets you sleep on, and the towels you dry with ­­– they are absorbed, accumulate over time, and can trigger allergic skin reactions, also known as dermatitis or eczema. In fact, the incidence of eczema is on the rise, up 2- to 3-fold in industrialized nations, impacting approximately 15% to 20% of children and 1% to 3% of adults.

Know Your Clean

Know what to avoid when it comes to protecting your skin from harmful chemicals in your laundry detergent. Unbelievably, there’s no national requirement to list ingredients on laundry detergent labels. It’s up to consumers to find safer, non-irritating alternatives ­– especially if you have existing skin sensitivities or health concerns. Stay away from these common ingredients found in conventional detergents:

Save Your Skin

If you’re afflicted with sensitive skin or eczema or just want safer alternatives to help protect your overall health, here are some simple steps you can take:

A Safer Way To Do Laundry

Looking for a safer alternative to conventional laundry detergents? Try plant-powered ECOS® Free & Clear Hypoallergenic Laundry Detergent or our hypoallergenic lavender laundry detergent. Designed for all fabrics, it lifts stains, brightens whites and guards colors without harsh chemicals or irritants, leaving skin happy and healthy, head to toe.

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