Despite labels that tote a detergent as being great for sensitive skin, I have finally discovered that the best laundry detergent for my children with eczema is laundry detergent that I make myself. This sort of makes me Ma Ingalls, and I fully plan on learning how to churn butter and also crochet doilies.
Actually, making the detergent is CRAZY-easy. My biggest headache was finding the ingredients. My first batch required that I run to a few different stores, but I’ve since wised-up and now I buy my ingredients online.
– four bars of Dove Sensitive Skin Unscented Soap
1) Grate the soap. You *can* chop it up and then use a food processor, but fair warning. Dove soap is incredibly soft (most recipes use the harder, more potent Fels-Naptha) and the heat from the blades *will* melt the soap. Ask me how I know. You can just use a cheese grater and shave it into a bowl, or use a food processor, but with caution.
2) Mix the shaved soap, the Borax, the washing soda, and the baking soda into a container.
3) There is no Step 3. Like I said, it’s crazy-easy. Seeeeee? :)
Before I put laundry in my washing machine, I toss two tablespoons of my detergent right into the drum (I don’t bother with the detergent dispenser), throw the laundry in, and then wash as usual. I generally will press the button that tells the machine to add another rinse at the end, but it isn’t necessary.
The detergent is not very pretty, admittedly, and there are only four ingredients, so note that this isn’t the most potent detergent out there – and it shouldn’t be. It’s lacking a lot of chemicals and dyes. Soooooo, if your laundry is extra dirty, I suggest putting a tablespoon of Oxiclean Free in with the two tablespoons of detergent, wash, and then run it through one more time with just the detergent. My daughters’ skin does not like the Oxiclean Free (despite the “free” being less potent than the original Oxiclean), so I make sure to do that extra wash to get rid of any of residual Oxiness (not a word).
BONUS: Even though allergen-friendly food and organic clothing are super expensive, this is actually way cheaper than buying detergent. Boom.