Allergy alert in the laundry

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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.

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