Practical Daily Tips

Allergy alert in the laundry

Practical Daily tips

Allergy alert in the laundry


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.