Could your Laundry detergents be irritating your skin? If you or someone you love has some form of eczema, most people don’t realise that there are simple everyday things, like washing our clothes that could be making the condition worse. 

Eczema is an inflammation of the skin caused by an uncontrolled and unexplained allergic reaction, which manifests itself with period flares of dry and itchy skin, and in severe cases, with flakiness and pustules. Unfortunately, despite eczema’s wide-reaching effects, doctors don’t entirely know the cause behind the condition, if you can identify what is triggering it you can better manage the condition. Sometimes even a simple everyday thing, like washing your clothes could cause the eczema to flare-up or making the condition worse.

Having soft and clean clothes is a must for eczema prone skin. Your clothes rest right against your skin. As a result, even the softest, most forgiving materials will rub up against your body and accumulate a fair share of skin cells, sweat, and dirt.  Popular laundry detergents feature a blend of serious toxins like bleach, fragrances/scents, enzymes, and surfactants that help loosen stains, remove oils, break down dirt, and fight stains which can result in skin irritation and eczema breakouts.


Making the Switch.  What’s the Best Laundry Detergent for Sensitive Skin?

Changing the laundry detergent you use on your clothing will help with the irritation you or your family experience. We recommend That Red House Soapberries, it truly is an organic laundry detergent, that is imported from Nepal.

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Soapberries are a game changer and are ideal for people with all kinds of skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis and allergy sensitivity. They are extremely hypo-allergenic and we recommend using them if you suffer from any of these conditions. Using Soapberries for baby clothes, bedding and nappies is safe and using them as a bath wash is also gentle and effective

The husk of the soapberry contains pure saponins. These saponins are nature’s purest form of soap and an all natural organic surfactant or soaping agent.  Used for centuries around the world, the soapberry not only cleans but also possesses natural fabric softening capabilities. The natural surfactant lowers the surface tension of the water and allows the water to penetrate and lift dirt, grime, and oil.  Without the use of carcinogenic and volatile substances like sulfates, phosphates and other toxic agents found in most commercial detergents, you get to harness the pureness of the soapberry.    If you’re curious how they work click here.

  • 100% hypoallergenic and perfect for those with sensitive skin conditions. No nasties and no toxins!
  • Cost effective and eco-friendly. Seriously, you can have a look here at the savings.
  • Chemical FREE! Love that! Plus, they are biodegradable.  Which means it’s great for the environment, your health, and your footprint.


5 Top Tips for Helping Keep Your Clothes Fresh And Clean.

  1. Moisturise your skin before wearing the garment. Moisturising helps with eczema flare-ups, and moreover, the Body Lotion used will act as a film between your eczema and the garment, essentially shielding your already sensitive skin from any washing detergent residue that can remain on your clothes
  2. Wash linens in hot water temperatures over 60 degrees centigrade. Also, dry them on high heat to kill bacteria or dust mites that irritate the skin.  We recommend adding in a few drops of Manuka oil which will help to kill off any lingering nasties.
  3. If your baby has eczema, consider washing all the baby clothing separately from other very soiled clothing. Using a natural non-toxic recipe or an organic laundry detergent like soapberries.
  4.  Wash new clothing. If you suffer eczema this is really important.  Brand new clothes need to be washed before you were them.  Many manufacturers treat the fabric with chemicals to make it look wrinkle free, or minimise the likelihood of mildew growth, so the clothes look fresh and clean when they have been shipped halfway around the world.   Additionally, synthetic fabrics often rely on azo-aniline dyes for their vibrant colour, and these dyes cause irritation in those with sensitive skin.
  5. Dry inside when the pollen count is high. With your washing regimens sorted, it’s time to move on to the drying. There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly washed sheets dried in the sun. Except when your little one is allergic to pollen and the pollen count outside is quite high. On the days when this happens, skip the outdoors and move the laundry line inside. If you want to use the sun’s natural drying power, but are worried about the pollen, hang pillows and quilts in rubbish bags off the clothesline in the sun. This will keep the nasties away and still give that sun-kissed feel.


As part of our ongoing commitment to help families living with itchy skin conditions have chemical and toxin free households we have teamed up with That Red House Soapberries who are offering 10% off for all our #Manuka Mums for a limited time.  Simply sign up for our Manuka Mum’s newsletter here  to get the code.

That’s a whole lot of LOVE right there!

P.S. If you want to know more about what chemicals are hiding in your laundry room click here.