Laundry Detergents & Allergies

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Laundry Detergents & Allergies
Washing powder can cause allergic reactions in some people (Laundry Soap image by Tabitha Little from

Allergies to washing powder are easy to identify and easy to fix. These allergies are more common in individuals with sensitive skin, but anyone can suffer from washing powder allergies.

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An allergy to washing powder presents as itching and rashes on skin that touched clothing or other fabrics washed in the detergent. Sometimes, hives may develop on the skin, or the allergy may cause sneezing.


Washing powder cleans clothes, bedding, towels and washcloths. Therefore, the exposure to washing powder is extremely high, and each contact with an exposed item causes a reaction.


Usually, washing powder allergies are specific to certain brands. Try a different brand until you find one that does not cause an allergic reaction. However, some people are allergic to all regular laundry detergents and require a special washing powder.


If there is no regular detergent you can use, see a dermatologist. This type of allergy is more severe than just having to avoid a single detergent and may require additional testing or treatment.


Several laundry detergents are allergy free. These detergents clean clothes without using the dyes and perfumes that cause washing powder allergies. Dermatologists can also prescribe special detergents for severe detergent allergies.

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