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However, the enzymes found in biological detergents are common allergens, so can irritate very sensitive skin. People who have easily-irritated skin should go for “non-bio” detergents instead; “non-bio” meaning that there are no enzymes found inside.
Although some people can be fine with certain fragrances, the main problem with perfumed-added products is that the exact contents of the "perfume" does not have to be included in the ingredients, so some contain hidden allergens. For this reason, people with sensitive skin should either avoid fragrances completely or look for a product that claims it is hypoallergenic.
Softeners can be fragrance-free too, there are some included in our pick of the best fabric softeners.
Powders are excellent at removing stubborn dirt and stains from your clothing. However, they can have trouble dissolving at lower temperatures, so there’s a higher chance that residue will be left on your clothing. If you want to use powder, then check it is suitable for use at the temperature you like to wash at. Powders come packaged in just a cardboard box, so you don't generate any single-use plastic waste - hurrah!
Do make sure your washing machine itself is squeaky-clean as mould spores are very irritative - check out our top washing machine cleaners.
If your hands need some extra care, then check out our hand soaps for dry skin suggestions.
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Zero Non-Bio Laundry Liquid
A Cost-Effective Eco-Friendly Option Formulated for Those With Skin Allergies
Essential Laundry Liquid Sensitive
A No-Frills Laundry Liquid That is Completely Fragrance-Free
Baby-Specific Laundry Detergent Which Leaves No Residue
Non-Bio Washing Powder
A Gently Scented Formula From Fairy Approved by the Skin Health Alliance
Non-Bio Soluble Powder Soft-Tabs
UK-Made Eco Laundry Tabs With No Irritating Ingredients
Zero Non-Bio Washing Powder
Great at Removing Stains While Being Gentle on the Skin and the Earth
Sensitive Non-Bio Laundry Powder
Fragrance-Free Powder Cleanliness for Delicate Skins
Concentrated Non-Bio Laundry Liquid
Scented Laundry Liquid That's Tough on Stains and Gentle on Skin and the Planet
Eco Laundry Detergent
A Premium Eco Product Which is Gentle on Skin But Tough on Stains Even at 30 Degrees
Sensitive Non-Bio Laundry Capsules｜4 Pack
A Fantastic Value Bulk Buy for Busy Family Homes
This non-biological and dermatologically approved own-brand laundry liquid has absolutely no fragrance at all. Allergy-prone reviewers are rejoicing that, "It smells of nothing!"- which is a rarity in today's over-fragranced laundry products market.
Despite the 'Essential' part of its name, it is confirmed by many to be a very effective product, giving excellent results even at cool washing temperatures. This means that you will save money on every wash - in addition to this product being exceptionally good value already!
The active cleaning ingredients are specially formulated to wrap securely around fats and stains and to detach easily, leaving no irritation-causing residue behind. The liquid is suitable for hand-washing too, which is essential when trying to keep up with the laundry generated by a baby! It will be a relief to parents that this laundry liquid is also extremely good value.
Selecting this big-brand powder is actually a very affordable option - it is a HUGE box that will last for 60 washes, all the while creating no plastic waste - as the box is made from easily-recycled cardboard.
Simply is manufactured in the UK (in Yorkshire) and the ingenious tabs are packaged in individual water-soluble wrappers, making them mess-free and waste-free to use. A great all-rounder for delicate skin, being effective, eco and UK-made !
This isn't as high up the rankings as the liquid Ecover Zero version, simply due to the more expensive cost, for considerably fewer washes. Those with sensitive skin who have used the powder say that it cleans clothes thoroughly even in cool water. Win, win for your skin and for the environment!
This laundry detergent is produced using solar power and it's packaging is made from recycled plastic. It's not surprising that it has hundreds of 5* reviews, however the high price point has landed it further down our ranking - it is a premium product, making it too expensive for busy households to use daily.
Secondly, you’ll want to wash any new clothes after purchasing them. You don’t know what kind of detergent has been used on them before, so washing them with your own hypoallergenic detergent will let you wear your new clothes with confidence.
Written and researched by Brigid Bernard
No. 1: Ecover ｜Zero Non-Bio Laundry Liquid
No. 2: Waitrose｜Essential Laundry Liquid Sensitive
No. 3: Nimble｜Laundry Lover
No. 4: Fairy ｜Non-Bio Washing Powder
No. 5: Simply Sensitive ｜Non-Bio Soluble Powder Soft-Tabs
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