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Skin Allergies and Laundry: Hacks for Kids with Sensitive Skin and Allergies

Eczema, itching, rashes; we’ve seen it all. It seems like allergies, both to foods and the products we use, are getting more prevalent every year. (If you’ve taken part in a school bake sale, you already know the struggle.) It’s frustrating and even heartbreaking to watch your kid itch and scratch, feeling like you can’t do anything to make them feel better. But often, skin allergies and laundry detergent go hand in hand. If you’re desperate to ease your littles’ itching, try these gentle and natural laundry products.  

Homemade Laundry Detergent for Sensitive Skin

There are plenty of “free and clear” detergents available for sensitive skin; but if you’ve tried them all and none have done the trick, soap itself could be the problem. If so, it may be time to experiment with an easy, homemade option. This recipe from Don’t Waste the Crumbs is gentle, nourishing, and   

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 bar goat milk soap, shredded for 1 cup of soap shreds
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • 1/2 cup super washing soda
  • 20 drops essential oils (Optional)

Directions:

  1. Using a grater, grate your goat milk soap until you have 1 cup of soap shreds. (Or to save time, look for pre-shredded soap).
  2. In a container with a lid, combine all ingredients. Seal well and shake vigorously until all the ingredients are well combined.

That’s all! Just be careful when opening the container as small dust-like particles of the ingredients will become airborne. While Borax is perfectly safe to use and gentle on skin, it is irritating when inhaled.

Use one tablespoon for light loads, two tablespoons for heavy loads. This recipe makes enough for 40 tablespoons, which lasts my family approximately one month.

Stain Remover Spray

Simple is good. Simple is clean. Simple is a TIME SAVER. This stain remover, my friends, is as simply as it gets.

Courtesy of Organic Authority

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 4 cups water

Directions:

  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl
  2. Pour the mixture in a labeled spray bottle.
  3. Spritz on soiled areas just before washing. For tougher stains, let the mixture soak for a few minutes. Always test a hidden spot first.

Wool Dryer Balls

Courtesy of DIY Natural

Wool dryer balls, while not necessarily that common, are a fantastic alternative to dryer sheets and fabric softeners, both of which can be highly irritating to sensitive skin. They also cut down on drying time, money, energy and even static cling!

While this DIY project is a bit more time consuming, you can make these dryer balls once and they will last for countless uses.

What You’ll Need:

  • One skein of 100% wool yarn (NOT wool labeled “superwash” or “machine washable”)
  • Scissors
  • Nylons or knee-high stockings
  • Blunt-tipped needle or crochet hook
  • String or cotton/acrylic yarn

Directions

(For directions with photos, visit DIY Natural)

  1. Begin wrapping your wool yarn around your first two fingers about 10 times.
  2. Pinch the bundle of yarn in the middle and pull off your fingers. Wrap more yarn around the middle of this bundle, and keep wrapping until you have the beginnings of a ball.
  3. Continue wrapping tightly until your ball is the desired size. (I make mine softball-sized to help cut drying time more, but tennis ball or baseball-sized will help save money on yarn. You can also fill your ball with an old, wadded up sock or piece of fabric if you don’t want to use so much yarn.)
  4. Use a blunt-tipped yarn needle or crochet hook to tuck the end of the thread under several layers of yarn. Pull it through and cut the end.
  5. Repeat these steps with more yarn until you have 4-6 balls.
  6. Cut the leg off an old pair of nylons or knee-high stockings. Put balls into the toe of the nylons, tying tightly in between each one with string, or cotton/acrylic yarn. (Using wool for this step would cause the yarn to felt around the nylons.) Tie off the end.
  7. Throw the entire yarn caterpillar into the wash with towels (or a load of jeans if you used brightly colored yarn).
  8. Wash in a hot wash cycle with a cold water rinse cycle. Dry your yarn caterpillar with your laundry using the hottest dryer setting.
  9. Remove balls from nylons and check for felting. If the yarn did not felt well on the first try, repeat the washing and drying cycles 2-4 times. You’ll know felting has occurred when you can gently scrape your fingernail over the ball and strands do not separate.
  10. For regular loads, use 4-6 balls to notice a decrease in drying time. For large loads, use 6 or more.

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