Eczema & laundry powders: Natural alternatives for itchy skin.
Could your Laundry detergents be irritating your skin? If you have eczema, there are simple changes that can help.
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. 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.
Your clothes rest right against your skin. Popular laundry detergents and washing powders 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?
If you want to buy or make your own laundry detergents and washing powders we recommend these two amazing natural companies.
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. If you’re curious how they work click here.
Figgy and Co Natural Washing Powder Recipe
Figgy and Co, who have started a natural cleaning revolution in New Zealand. Their commitment to making chemical free cleaning super easy, super cheap for busy mums is nothing short of inspirational. They help making your own laundry soaps from safe ingredients such as washing soda and some liquid cleaning soap easy and really great fun, and your skin will love it. This recipe thanks the two amazing Mum’s, Jane and Aimee is amazing.
4 parts washing soda (2 cups)
4 parts baking soda (2 cups)
1 part borax (1/2 cup)
1/2 part Figgy liquid cleaning soap (1/4 cup)
20-40 drops essential oil to your liking (lavender, peppermint, lemon, manuka oil etc.)
Mix all dry ingredients in food processor. Slowly add liquid cleaning soap, followed by essential oil until fine grains. Scrape down the sides of the processor bowl at least once. Use 1 tablespoon per load. For heavily soiled loads, use 1-2 tablespoons. Store in an airtight container. Remember, less is more.
5 top tips for helping keep your clothes clean
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
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.
If your baby has eczema, consider washing all the baby clothing separately from other very soiled clothing using a natural laundry detergent.
Wash new clothing. If you suffer eczema this is really important. 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 rely on azo-aniline dyes for their vibrant colour, and these dyes cause irritation.
Dry inside when the pollen count is high. 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 is high. On the days when this happens, skip the outdoors and move the laundry line inside.
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.