Hypo Allergenic Detergent

Updated April 17, 2017

Hypoallergenic detergents offer an alternative to heavily scented cleansers that can upset allergies and irritate sensitive skin. With no dyes, chemical fragrances or artificial ingredients, hypoallergenic detergents can be used even by people with the most sensitive skin.

Reasons for Use

Hypoallergenic detergents are used by many consumers across the U.S. for a variety of reasons. Those sensitive to fragrances and dyes, those wishing to make environmentally friendly choices in cleaning products, and those who prefer no scent in their freshly washed clothing all turn to hypoallergenic laundry detergents. Hypoallergenic detergents are made with all-natural ingredients, such as plant-based fats and essential oils. By avoiding harsh soaps and dyes common among other laundry detergents, they create a product that's gentle on skin and fabrics.


Hypoallergenic detergents are slightly more expensive to manufacture than their more abrasive counterparts, and have yet to gain popularity with the majority of American consumers. These two factors contribute to the somewhat heavy price tag associated with most brands of hypoallergenic detergents on the market today.


Hypoallergenic detergents use less traditional cleansers such as soap bark, leading many to doubt their effectiveness in cleaning heavily soiled laundry. Despite these fears, most users report results as good or better than those obtained with traditional laundry detergents.

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Danielle Hansen began writing professionally in 2006. Her work can be found on various websites, specializing in home improvement, gardening, food and craft articles. Hansen is currently studying business administration at Globe University.