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Deodorizing Laundry Soap for Sensitive Skin

I used baking soda or vinegar in the past, but my clothes stink, at least to me. Maybe they stink to other people whether I use funky deodorizing laundry soap or not, or maybe only to me. I've been using Arm and Hammer with OxiClean and then Tide with Downy. Now I'm itching, ick. Luckily I'm at home, or I'd look really interesting :) Whatever it is, I need fresh-smelling laundry. What can I use?

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July 17, 20190 found this helpful

Use any of the unscented detergents on the market today. You can even use detergents made for babies, such as Dreft.

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July 17, 20190 found this helpful

If you have sensitive skin, you should look for detergents that are fragrance free - there is a wide choice but check the labels.

Not sure why your laundry has an odor but I would suggest you try to underload instead of overload your washer so there will be plenty of fresh rinse water and the clothes have ample room to move around.

Do you have front loading (HE) or top loading washing machine?
HE machines are notorious for having bad smells.

Are you able to dry your clothes outside - or even partially dry them outside?

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If so, you might see if they smell fresh when you bring them in.
Your dryer may be the culprit and needs cleaning especially if you use a lot of Downy or scented dryer sheets. All of the fabric softeners leave a slight film on the dryer walls and filter and this builds up over time.

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July 17, 20190 found this helpful

Hello, I think a good detergent to try would be the tide free and clear. It doesn't have all the additives, fragrances and dye that most other detergents have

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July 18, 20191 found this helpful

A couple of concerns here...

When was the last time your cleaned out your washer (and dryer if you have one)?

It is possible that you have some mold or other issue causing your clothing to have a smell and causing you to itch.

I suggest running your washer through on an empty load with bleach and then a second run with nothing.

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See if that helps.

If not, and you are using a dryer, take a few clean white towels (that have no smell) take quart of water and mix in a cup of baking soda. Mix it up well so there are no clumps. Pour it on to the towels--half on each towel. Wring them out and then run them through the dryer on the low setting until they are dry.

The towels will need to be washed again to get the baking soda out, but it will hopefully get any bad smells out of your dryer.

If you have gone through everything and your clothing is still smelling, you can try to take your clothes to a laundromat and wash them and see if that makes a difference--that may give you some clues as to what is going on. There are many "low impact" detergents...like Woolite, Tide Free and Clear, and All Free and Clear that may help if it turns out it is a detergent allergy.

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Something else if nothing else helps is to talk to your doctor. You may have something health related going on. I say this because of something that happened to me where I was the only one to smell a garbage smell in my house. I went to the doctor, 10 days of antibiotics and no more garbage smell. Be sure to tell him/her about the itching also as itching can be a first sign for a number of health issues (other than just allergies).

Post back with an update! Blessings!!

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