The 4 Best Laundry Detergents for Psoriasis
When it comes to effectively washing your clothes without irritating your skin, you should be wary of dyes, perfumes and other harsh chemicals, because “people with psoriasis have an impaired skin barrier and they will be more sensitive to these chemicals. Angie Seelal, PA-C at Advanced Dermatology PC and member of the National Psoriasis Foundation, says Mic. According to Seelal, the best laundry detergents for psoriasis will be free of unnecessary irritants and in liquid form.
Seelal is a “big fan of ‘free and clear’ markings” for all patients – not just those with psoriasis. Look for “free and clear” detergents and other detergents that, in addition to skipping fragrances and dyes, also avoid other common irritants like “alcohol, ammonium lauryl sulfate, and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS ),” Seelal writes.
Also, be sure to pay attention to consistency. For people with psoriasis, “liquid detergents may be preferable to solid detergents because they dissolve better and detergent particles may be less likely to stick to clothes,” Seelal writes. (Seelal also points out that the type of fabrics you wear will also make a difference – because they’re heavy and cause chafing, wool and synthetic materials can aggravate psoriasis, while “cotton is less likely to irritate skin or cause overheating.
Scroll down to four liquid detergents that actually clean your clothes, but are gentle enough for people with psoriasis.
1. Fan favorite
Tide is one of the most popular detergents for all types of laundry, and this Tide Free & Gentle Liquid Detergent is a popular option for sensitive skin. (It’s free of fragrances, alcohol, and phosphates, in line with most Seelal recommendations.) It has over 13,000 positive reviews on Amazon, and for one reviewer with psoriasis, it was the “first laundry detergent which didn’t make it worse. “In addition to being hypoallergenic, using biodegradable cleansers, and being dermatologist tested, it’s also high-efficiency washer-friendly. And it’s EPA Safer Choice certified. (Although this is the most affordable option on this list, keep in mind that this bottle will only last 64 loads.)
A reviewer wrote: “I bought this laundry detergent because I have psoriasis and it’s the first laundry detergent that didn’t make it worse.
2. Value one
With over 1,500 reviews on Amazon and an overall rating of 4.8 stars, All’s Free Clear Pure Liquid Laundry Detergent is unscented, hypoallergenic, biodegradable, and 99% organic. Plus, it avoids dyes and fragrances, so it’s safe for sensitive skin, while still being strong enough to remove stains and odors from fabrics. This concentrated formula will give you 84 loads and also works with high efficiency washers. (While it doesn’t have any fragrances, it does contain alcohol and sulfates, so if your skin is very sensitive, opt for the detergent below.)
A reviewer wrote: “This is for sensitive skin. We’ve been using baby detergent since my kids were little as it solved most of my husband’s psoriasis issues. It’s a good substitute, didn’t produce any irritation skin, doesn’t smell much and seems to clean clothes adequately.
3. The one with only 4 ingredients
There are many reasons why Charlie’s Soap Liquid Laundry Detergent is great for your skin and the environment: The large, recyclable pump bottle and concentrated formula will last up to 160 loads, and the formula is biodegradable and EPA Safer Choice certified. Best of all, it’s also fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, and gentle on sensitive skin, even as it removes odors, stains, and residue from all types of fabrics and washable items. More importantly, it contains only four ingredients – and fragrances, ammonium lauryl sulfate and sodium lauryl sulfate are not listed.
A reviewer wrote: “Love, love Charlie’s soap! I’ve been using Charlie’s soap for a few years now. I love natural ingredients and that it’s cost effective because it takes so little. I find I prefer the liquid since it dissolved immediately.
4. The one for stubborn stains
People don’t typically associate Clorox with “skin-friendly”, but this Clorox 2 HE Stain Remover & Color Enhancer is a direct recommendation from Seelal as it’s free of fragrances, alcohol, lauryl sulfate, ammonium and sodium lauryl sulfate, and it’s dermatologist tested. Since it ignores perfumes and dyes, it’s a great option for those with sensitive skin or those with psoriasis, but it’s still specifically designed to lighten colors and remove particularly stubborn stains from fabrics. While it’s not the more a natural option here, it strikes a great balance between powerful and smooth.
A reviewer wrote: “Anyone who stains [clothes] like me, this is the product for you. Pretreat the stain and add it to the wash. Bam the stains are gone. He saved a lot of my [clothes] that I thought were dead. I love that it is free of perfume and dyes which I love. I would recommend this product to anyone.”
Angie Seelal, PA-C at Advanced Dermatology PC