Allergies + Asthma + Athletes = Loads of Laundry

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Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by all® free clear.

Before Zachary was born I did laundry once a week. When he was born, I was sure that this tiny man-cub would add one-third again the amount of laundry to our load.

Boy was I wrong.

As he grew, he was diagnosed with food and environmental allergies as well as asthma; then came the world of school and extra-curricular activities: soccer, karate, birthday parties, baseball games.

Allergies and Asthma and Athletes = Loads of Laundry

Since he has allergies and asthma, no clothes are worn twice, just in case there’s something on his shirt, shorts, or uniform that might trigger a reaction or an asthma flare. I’m fairly certain our laundry load has at least tripled.

Even before allergies and asthma, I used all® free clear laundry detergent. When I made the choice to start using it nearly nine years ago, I did because it is free from both dyes and perfumes. I stick with it for the same reasons; I know the laundry detergent I use will not cause a skin reaction or trigger his asthma.

This is especially important as he continues to grow as an athlete. I’m washing his clothes all the time. Uniforms get sweaty and dirty. Play clothes come in to the house looking as if they were squished into the mud, stomped on, and then dragged around a little more. I’m not sure, but sometimes I feel like maybe he thinks they look better that way.

Allergies and Asthma and Athletes = Loads of Laundry: uniform

I love knowing that my growing athlete is wearing clean clothes that won’t trigger a reaction or his asthma. He loves that his clothes don’t smell perfumey and that he is #FreetoBe as he struts his stuff.

I’d put this one in the W column for both of us.

Allergies and Asthma and Athletes = Loads of Laundry: cleats

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by all® free clear. There’s also a #FreeToBe two-second survey you’re welcome to take.

Tiffany Self

Tiffany Self is a wife, mom to "Z", and a lover of words. In an ironic twist, she is an English class dropout who now writes for a living. Tiffany is a freelancer in the Chicago suburbs by way of Seattle and Southern Oregon. She writes about her journey of parenting a child with multiple severe food allergies, asthma, and environmental allergies. You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

2 Comments to Allergies + Asthma + Athletes = Loads of Laundry

  1. Tracy

    Ah, a ‘sponsored’ post. Interesting.

    • Tiffany

      Hi Tracy,
      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, a sponsored post. These partnerships keep Scratch or Sniff afloat, allowing us to spend time working to bring news and tips that are helpful to our readers. We are very careful to partner with brands that support causes we believe in and that benefit families like ours (with eczema, asthma, and a variety of allergies). All genuine, I assure you. Thanks for the note!

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