Ingredients in detergents, fabric softeners and soaps can cause skin irritations and other allergic reactions. Some people are allergic to the solvent 1,1,1-trichloroethane, which is used in stain removers. It has a strong odour and can cause sneezing or a tightening of the chest in people with respiratory allergies.
If you or someone in your household is prone to allergies, take these precautions.
- Consider using a non-biological detergent.
- Rinse clothes extra carefully, perhaps by using the rinse cycle twice.
- Before wearing new clothes, wash them to remove excess factory finishes.
- Wear gloves when hand-washing.