Sensitive Washing Tips

If you want to keep your skin completely safe from irritants, just choosing the right detergent may not be enough. Here are a few other tips to help make sure your skin dosnt come into contact with unknown irritants.

  1. Always wash new clothes before your wear them to remove any chemical residue from the manufacturer. Depending on how sensitive you are, you may need to do this several times.

  2. Avoid dry cleaning - If you really must get something dry cleaned, see if there is a 'green' dry cleaner near you. Once you've picked up your clothes from the cleaner'. remove them from the plastic as soon as possible and hang them up to let chemical residues evaporate before wearing.

  3. Avoid conventional fabic softeners and dyer sheets. Experts agree that these are often the worst offenders for sensitive skin sufferers. There aren't many healthy alternatives in the shops, but you can try adding a cup of vinegar to the wash to reduce static cling, and a spoonful of baking soda  to soften clothes

  4. Chlorine isn't good for your skin, so use the sun to bleach you clothes instead. A rinse in lemon juice and a few hours on the line in bright sunshine actuallty does the job  much better than bleach!

  5. If you have to use a washing machine that's had other kinds of washing powder in it (in a laundrette for instance), run a full cycle before putting in your clothes, to flush through any residue from the previous wash.

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