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8 Best Laundry Detergents for Sensitive Skin 2021 Edition

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8 Best Laundry Detergents for Sensitive Skin 2021 Edition

I have to be super fussy when it comes to laundry detergent.  I need laundry detergents for sensitive skin.  Very sensitive skin. 

You see, my 10-year-old son has such sensitive skin that even swimming in a pool gives him a rash (apparently chlorine rash is common – and it is actually a type of chemical burn!).  Ever since he was a tiny little tyke, he has had hyper-sensitive skin, and he quite often gets eczema behind his knees and on the inside of his elbows even now.

And when he a baby – the drooling left him with eczema from his chin to his nappy.  It was bright red, itchy and made him so uncomfortable!  So Laundry Detergents for sensitive skin is absolutely essential in my household!

Laundry Detergent for Sensitive Skin

We have never been able to use the full-powered commercial grade detergents, he just can’t stand it.  His clothing will make him itch which makes his skin raw and so the cycle of eczema begins again.  Many laundry detergents contain perfumes, enzymes, optical brighteners, colourings and other ingredients that just don’t agree with his skin.

Plus he is sensitive to strong smelling essential oils too – which is a shame because they do make the washing smell so darn good!

So here is a list of the tried and true laundry detergents for sensitive skin that have worked for me – both today and in the past.  I do like to ‘change it up’ seeing I do so much washing and I love trying the different brands to see which will work well for us. As well as being sensitive – the detergent has to actually clean the clothes well… and you know how dirty kids clothing can get!

Best Laundry Detergents for Sensitive Skin | Stay at Home Mum

1. Bosistos Sensitive Laundry Powder

I’ve been a huge fan of Bosistos Eucalyptus Laundry Detergent for years and years now – the traditional detergent smells very strongly of eucalyptus oil – and I just love the fresh and clean smell.  I was very pleased when they released their sensitive range as I couldn’t use the traditional style on my son’s clothing because it did irritate due to the essential oils.  But this version still smells great and doesn’t cause a reaction.

Stockists:

1Kg Laundry Powder Sensitive Bosisto's Eco Natural Eucalyptus Washing  Detergent - Kogan.com

Stockist: Woolworths

2. Earth Choice Laundry Liquid

The Earth Choice products are all so well priced, even for those of us on a strict budget.  Their products are simple with no added enzymes, phosphates or bleaches.  It smells lovely too!  The only downfall about this laundry detergent is that it doesn’t clean heavily soiled clothing very well – so for light washes – it is perfect.

Anything else will need some extra strength.  It is all plant-based, cruelty-free and made with recycled plastic.  And is perfect for septic systems and sewage treatment plants (for us Country folk!).

Stockists:

Best Laundry Detergent for Sensitive Skin

3. Use Soapnuts Instead of Laundry Detergent

If you have been following Stay at Home Mum for a few years, you will know all about my passion for Soapnuts.  They have then dried out remains of a berry that ‘soap up’ when mixed with water.  They are totally natural, very gentle and so cheap – it works out to cost less than 5c per wash.  But they are probably the MOST gentle ‘detergent’ out there when it comes to sensitive skin.  Plus you can use them to make shampoo, dishwasher cleaner and a homemade spray and wipe spray.

The only ‘Con’ in using Soapnuts is that they aren’t ‘Strong’ – so really heavy stains won’t come out just using Soapnuts – however, if you just have lightly worn clothing that needs washing – Soapnuts are perfect!

Stockists:

Organic Soap Berries (Soap Nuts) Natural Laundry Detergent 250g

4. Resparkle Laundry Powder

This is actually one I haven’t yet tried, but I’ve read reviews online and many Mums have recommended this brand.  It is 100% plant-based and does address tough stains and stubborn odours.  It is grey water safe and suitable for both top loaders and front loaders.

Vegan and palm oil-free – it is also made in Australia!

Stockists:

Laundry Detergent for Sensitive Skin

5. Tru Earth Baby Laundry Detergent Eco-Strips

Eco-strips are a brand new way of cleaning your clothing with zero waste – and they are super gentle.  Tru Earth has a range of laundry detergent eco-strips – they come in fragrance-free but the ‘Baby’ is the most gentle for sensitive skin.

Made in Australia.

Where to Buy Tru Earth Laundry Detergent Eco Strips:

Tru Earth Baby Laundry Detergent Eco-Strips

More Reading: 5 Best Laundry Detergent Strips that are Eco Friendly and Waste-Free

6. Abode Laundry Liquid Zero Sensitive

This is another highly-rated sensitive laundry detergent that has great reviews online.  This is specially formulated for everyone with sensitive skin and uses plant and mineral-based ingredients.  Suitable for front loaders or top loaders, it is grey water safe and a really good quality laundry detergent for sensitive skin.

Stockists:

Abode Laundry Liquid Zero - Sensitive

Stockist: Nourished Life

7. Green Potions No. 13 Laundry Powder

Green Potions is a small Queensland company that make natural products for people with sensitive skin including a beautiful laundry detergent for sensitive skin.  All products are organic, totally natural and even NASA requested a sample of their products (super impressive!). This is also packaged in a re-used mason jar to create less rubbish.

Stockists:

Green Potions No. 13 - Laundry Powder 1kg
152503 | Stay at Home Mum.com.au

So there are more and more options for people, especially kids with super sensitive skin.  Of course, not everything above will work for everyone (I had to trial loads of products to find the right ones for our family) – but it is good to see that there are more products to choose from.

As I try and test more laundry detergents for sensitive skin – I will add them here!

More Reading:

8 Best Laundry Detergents for Sensitive Skin 2021 Edition | Stay at Home Mum
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Jody Allen

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