Some of us are very sensitive to allergens so we opt to purchase hypoallergenic products; pillows and quilts etc. You can go one further and choose a hypoallergenic laundry detergent too, to make sure your clothes, bedding and towels are as allergen free as possible.
Some detergents can cause irritation to the skin when allergens are present. Sensitive skin can be flared up if you suffer from eczema and baby’s skin can start to form a rash with continued use of a non-hypoallergenic laundry detergent. Here are some of the best options for hypoallergenic detergents available to purchase in the UK.
1. Allersearch Allergen Wash Laundry Detergent
The Allersearch Allergen detergent is recommended by allergy and asthma specialists so is a great option for a household with any family members that suffer from allergies or breathing-related illnesses. Not only is it hypoallergenic, it is also environmentally safe with a non-toxic formulation and no dyes, perfumes or irritants. If you are concerned about detergents and chemicals affecting the environment, then this is definitely the perfect choice for you.
Of course, this detergent is a little on the pricey side, but it does what it says on the bottle. You can expect to rid your laundry of dust mites and improve overall health if allergens have been a problem in the past. You may need to set the washing machine to a higher temperature for the best results, but this is not necessary to get your clothes clean and allergen free.
2. Ecozone Soap Nuts
Ecozone Soap Nuts are a unique way to get your washing done. A large bag of these should last you for up to 330 washes, which is great value for money as well as being better for the environment.
These naturally sourced nuts contain Saponin; a great alternative to chemically made detergents which can be really harmful for the environment as well as irritating to sensitive skin. Soap nuts have been used for many years in countries such as India and all across Asia and America.
As well as benefiting people with allergies, these are also a great option for vegans and environmentalists as they are a plant based product which is 100% natural and biodegradable!
With effective cleaning results using around 4-5 nuts in each wash load, there isn’t much of a reason not to try them out. They generally tend to be more effective with a hotter wash, which defeats the environmentally friendly aspect, but higher temperatures are good for removing dust mites and allergens.
If your household creates a lot of messy washing with baby food stains or wine splatters, then the nuts may not be the best option unless treated with stain remover prior to washing. The natural fresh scent of the nuts is not strong, so won’t be bothersome for asthmatics or those with a sensitive nose. However, it will not please if you like the smell of ‘Ruby Jasmine’ when you empty the washing machine.
3. Ecover Zero Percent Non Bio Washing Powder
If you have sensitive skin then Ecover Zero Percent Non Bio Washing Powder could be a super option for you. Their formula consists of plant and mineral extracts which are not harmful to the environment or your skin and can be used to give great results after washing your white or colourful laundry! If your home uses septic tanks, then this powder is fully suitable to use and if you prefer unscented laundry, then this is perfect for you.
This washing powder is easiest to purchase online and is a little bit pricey compared to supermarket and household brand powders, so if you are after budget laundry options, then this is not recommended for you.
As with the above products, this washing powder is better for the environment than regular products, which is always a plus! It is recommended that you don’t use this product in large amounts as it tends to foam up quite a lot which might mean you need an extra rinse cycle.
4. Simply Pure Allergen and Fragrance Free Soft-Tabs
This family friendly allergen and fragrance free product from Simply Pure comes in the form of soft-tabs of powder. These tabs are nice and neat with no spillage risks; the powder is in a water soluble pouch which just pops into the drawer of your washing machine.
Simply Pure developed this product after asking mums how their laundry experience could be improved, with the majority wanting a sensitive washing product for their baby’s clothes. These Non-Bio Powder Soft-Tabs are the result of this market research, and they’re perfect for those who suffer from eczema or have irritable skin or allergies. A huge plus with buying this product is that it is manufactured in the UK; support local!
These environmentally friendly washing tabs work brilliantly at lower temperatures and work just as well as household named brands. It’s a great product for people with babies and small children in the family or for prepping clothes and bedding for a newborn. The fragrance-free formula is great for a fresh batch of laundry without a lingering false perfume scent and no lingering residue from undissolved powder.
5. Ecoegg Laundry Egg
The Ecoegg Laundry Egg is the best performer if you judge by how many washes you can get out of it, with up to 720 possible washes! This laundry egg replaces the need for adding detergent into your washing machine drawer. Popped straight into the drum; you can choose from a fragrance free version, Fresh Lavender, Fresh Linen or Spring Blossom, depending on your tastes.
The fragrance-free version is the perfect option for those with sensitive skin or allergies and a superb choice for households with lots of baby clothes to wash!
The Ecoegg contains pellets with natural cleaning substances with no harsh chemicals involved. You may wonder, “How can this one egg carry out up to 3 years of washing?” (based on an average family). Well, this is based on only using a cold wash as the pellets power will deplete faster the higher the temperature you use. The pellets are activated by water, so if you are using a rinse cycle after your wash, you may want to remove the egg from the drum.
As you might imagine, the egg can be quite noisy in the drum as it spins and hits off the sides, which isn’t suitable for late night or early morning wash loads. The stain removal power of the Ecoegg may not be as good as normal detergents, so it might be necessary to carry out a separate stain removing treatment before putting the soiled item into the wash.
Not every product will suit every person and some may be less effective than others. It is best to check the ingredients of a product before buying if you know of irritants that have caused issues in the past.
Hopefully the reviews above will help in you making your decision of the best hypoallergenic laundry detergents in the UK. If we had to pick one product to recommend to the majority of allergy sufferers it would be Allersearch Allergen Wash as it’s specially designed to remove allergens and is free from any potentially irritating additives such as perfumes.