Laundry care

People suffering from chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis may not want to use conventional laundry detergents or fabric softeners. Some laundry products may contain chemicals and dyes which can aggravate psoriasis and make the condition worse.

Dead skin cells and chemical residue left in laundry can often be the cause of skin irritation, particularly in those prone to conditions such as psoriasis.

Non-bio, hypoallergenic, and dermatologically tested laundry products can provide all the cleaning power you need without the bleaching agents, perfumes and fillers found in many modern laundry products that can cause irritation and sensitisation of the skin.

People suffering from chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis are advised to avoid using conventional detergents or fabric softeners. This is because some can contain harmful chemicals and dyes which aggravate psoriasis and in turn can worsen the condition.AAs detergents/fabric softeners are required to be used frequently it is very difficult to avoid using them, therefore it is very important to find the right product/s that work for you. You will need to determine which products aggravate your psoriasis and then avoid buying those products. When you are trying out a new laundry product, do not wash all your laundry using that product, test one or two items first.

Finding washing detergents that clean your clothes without the use of chemicals is very difficult, mainly because detergents are by nature made with chemicals for this purpose.

Use a mild, dye-free detergent. Liquid detergents rinse out better. Double rinse the wash to remove all of the detergent.

There are alternatives to using conventional laundry products. For example soap nuts. These nuts contain saponin, a product that contains detergent like properties. They are entirely natural and biodegradable and are free from harmful toxic chemicals, artificial colours or fragrance.

Always check with your GP or dermatologist before trying any new products.

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Last revised: 29 September 2015

Next review: 29 September 2018