Is Your Laundry Detergent Causing Your Sensitive Skin? 5 Tips to Help


Did you know that nearly half of US adults suffer from sensitive skin? The term “Sensitive Skin” covers a broad spectrum, from minor inflammation to severe eczema. Sensitive skin can make laundry day seem daunting—but it doesn’t have to be! Follow these five tips to help keep your skin soothed, your laundry fresh, and your routine stress-free. 

1. Choose the Right Detergent

The right laundry detergent can make all the difference. Many detergents contain harsh chemicals, strong fragrances, or added coloring that can irritate your skin. Depending on your skin sensitivity, even good-for-you ingredients like stain fighting enzymes can cause a reaction. Dropps Baby & Sensitive Skin Detergent is designed to work for the most sensitive skin. With no added scents, colors, or enzymes, it’s gentle on skin—while still being tough on stains.

2. Don’t Use Too Much Soap

Have a heavy hand while pouring? Adding too much laundry detergent is not only wasteful, but irritating. Using too much detergent can lead to residue left on your clothing, which can lead to more dirt being collected on your clothing, and can cause skin inflammation. Dropps are perfectly portioned, so there is no need to worry about using too much detergent. Simply drop one pod in the drum, underneath your load of laundry. The detergent will clean your clothes and then be washed away, leaving you with clean, residue-free laundry. No stress, no mess!

3. Avoid Dryer Sheets and Traditional Softeners

Traditional dryer sheets and fabric softeners coat laundry in a sticky coating to give the illusion of softness. This coating can be irritating, triggering skin sensitivities and allergies. If you’re looking for skin-friendly scent and softness, consider a more natural option, like our Fabric Softener Pods. Rather than coating your laundry with harsh chemicals, our mineral-based formula flows through fabric, naturally softening and leaving just a light scent behind. (Not interested in scent? Don’t worry—we have an Unscented softener option as well!)

4. Wash New Clothes Before Wearing

It’s tempting to wear that new sweater right out of the store, but try to restrain yourself! New clothes may be coated with protective finishes, or have lingering chemicals from manufacturing. It’s best to bring your new purchase home and give it a wash first to make sure it’s fresh, clean, and ready to wear. Don’t forget about sheets and towels as well! After all, there’s nothing like a warm, fresh set of sheets, and you want to be sure you can snooze worry free. 

5. Be Careful While Handwashing

Hand washing is great for delicate items, small loads, or if you need something cleaned in a pinch. Our Small Loads Sensitive Skin Laundry Pods are perfect for handwashing—but direct contact with the concentrated formula can be harsh on sensitive skin. When in doubt, use a pair of gloves to minimize contact!