When your children are young—and especially if they have extra-sensitive skin—certain chemicals and fragrances in laundry detergents may be too harsh and can cause irritating rashes. There are many “clear” and “free” detergents on store shelves — here’s how to pick one out.
• Use liquid. Powders can leave flakes, which can irritate the skin and strip away flame-retardant protections, according to American Academy of Pediatrics.
• Avoid detergents with fragrances, phosphates or dyes. Look for plant-based, natural oils and hypoallergenic formulas. It should be gentle yet tough enough to get out urine, dirt and spit-up stains.
• Test any new detergent out on a few articles of clothing first before washing your family’s entire wardrobe. If anyone has a reaction to it, it could be a real hassle if you forget which clothes were washed in it!