Can detergent affect the skin?

Can detergent affect the skin?

After a wash, your clothes may smell as fresh as a daisy or a morning dew but in real your clothes are washed by a detergent that contains more than 25 harmful chemicals that can cause adverse skin reactions ranging from the minor itch, rashes, atopic dermatitis and to carcinogenicity. 

Detergents contain fragrances, dyes, preservatives, and other harmful chemicals. These chemicals remain in your clothes fabric after a wash cycle and can penetrate your skin when your clothes become wet.

Each time you sweat your body absorbs the residue of your detergent. Moreover, your detergent contains another harmful substance, optical brighteners, they make white whiter by emitting blue light. Brighteners remain in your clothes for a long time and can irritate your skin.

Laundry detergents can also initiate a condition called contact dermatitis, which causes rash and itch around the specific areas like the groin and armpits. 

However, eco-friendly and natural laundry detergents are available that are safe for your skin and health. 

So choosing a natural, organic, safer laundry detergent can keep you away from the harmful chemicals.

How can we prevent our skin from harmful chemicals or detergents?

1. Use a fragrance-free detergent

Fragrances although provide scent to your clothes but they also contain harmful chemicals. So, always buy fragrances free detergents. 

2. Rinse your clothes twice

Rinsing your clothes twice will remove the detergent residue from building up on your clothes. 

3. Use baking soda and vinegar 

Baking soda and vinegar are natural cleaning solutions. You can add them when you wash the clothes the second time. These natural products can help brighten and soften clothes naturally.

4. Buy more natural detergents

For that, you can check the list of 10 best natural detergents

5. Make your own detergent

By mixing the washing soda and borax you can make your detergent. This solution is cost-friendly and does not include harmful chemicals of fragrance. You can also add olive oil-based Castile soap for better cleaning.

6. Wash your washing machine

Wash your washing machine on a routine basis by a hot water cycle with baking soda and vinegar. It can help to clear the residual detergent from the machine.

7. Pretreat stains naturally

You can pretreat stains by a combination of water, washing soda, and baking soda.

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