Allergies to ingredients in washing powder appear in several forms, including contact dermatitis, urinary tract infections and yeast infections. Some experience allergic reactions to the scent of detergents. A remedy can mean replacing your usual detergent for one that you can live with. For example, use washing soda, an odour-free powder used to make soaps, as one of the ingredients to wash your laundry. You can find washing soda in the laundry section of most grocery stores.
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Use a Mild Detergent
An allergy called contact dermatitis may happen when you have direct contact with washing powder or laundry soap. In a two-year study of patients with dermatitis by members of the North American Contact Dermatitis Group, five out of 738 patients had an allergic reaction to detergents, either to the fragrance or to the sodium lauryl sulphate in the detergent. However, the researchers were not able to duplicate the allergic reactions in one patient, and another patient tested positive for dermatitis with the control, which was a T-shirt washed without detergent. The conclusion was that false-positive reactions may have resulted in an exaggerated number of reports of detergents causing contact dermatitis.
If you believe you do have dermatitis due to detergents, manage it by using an unscented, mild washing powder when you wash your clothes and linens, according to the Mayo Clinic. Using the extra rinse cycle of your washing machine also helps.
Make Your Own Detergent
Make your own washing powder to help prevent allergic reactions to washing powder. In a container, mix 1 cup each of washing soda, baking soda, white vinegar and 29.6ml of liquid Castile soap, a mild, odourless soap made with sodium hydroxide and olive oil.
Purchase Hypoallergenic Detergent
Some well-known detergent brands make mild, hypoallergenic laundry detergents, meaning that they contain little or no substances that could possibly irritate you. Wash your laundry using these type of detergents to prevent allergic reactions.
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