Good Laundry Detergent for Eczema

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  1. Watch on the amount of detergent every time you want to wash your clothes! Avoid overusing (more liquid /powder of detergent than necessary), and follow the instructions as well!
  2. When you wash your clothes with your hands, don’t forget to ensure that the detergent is dissolved in the water properly.
  3. Rinse the clothes optimally – make sure rinse it well until you find the water runs clear. If you use a washing machine, use the function of extra rinse cycle!
  4. It’s commonly recommended to wash your clothes before they get too dirty. More buildups of bedding or emollients are also bad for your washing machine because they may damage the rubber seal.
  5. Do a regular maintenance for your washing machine! For instance, give the machine to occasionally run with empty wash at high temperature. This can help clean any emollient residue.
  6. Since there is no single formula of what kind of laundry detergent that can be safe for all people with eczema, try a small experiment in finding one that meets to your skin needs – as noted before!
  7. When you buy and try new different laundry detergent, use it for a few clothes and then analyze whether it is safe or not for your skin!
  8. Before trying a new detergent, don’t forget to remove all traces of previous detergents so thus you can analyze the new detergent optimally.
  9. And if you to wash clothes by hands – take care of your hands with gloves and use emollients if necessary to give extra protection for the skin of your hands.

In addition, for washing your bed covers or beddings, wash them at a temperature of 58 or more to make sure that any dust mites will be killed. In fact, house dust mites also can trigger the flare-up of eczema in some cases.

Another thing you need to concern, it’s essential to avoid overloading your washing machine. This is not only bad for the performance of the machine itself but also can make the detergents poorly dissolved and the clothes are not optimally rinsed!

And try to treat your clothes as gently as possible. Too harshly way of laundering clothes can make them less comfortable to use and stiffer. Starchy sprays are also bad because this may irritate skin!

Citation:
A guideline ‘Washing Clothes’ for eczema, published by the National Eczema Society – this guideline can be downloaded on www.eczema.org/factsheets (accessed on May 2014)
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