I started using fragrance and dye free laundry detergent when I was a teenager because I started developing patchy skin that was itchy throughout my body. I went to a dermatologist who offered no advice as to what it was caused from, nor what I should do about it. I tried moisturizers and anti itch creams but the patches spread and there was no relief for my itching. My mom suggested that it may be the laundry detergent we were using, so when she came across Arm & Hammer Perfume and Dye Free detergent that had no dyes or fragrances and was formulated for sensitive skin, we decided to give it a try. Within a few days my skin was clearing up and within a few weeks my itchy patchy skin was gone. Who would have thought that I developed an allergy to our laundry routine out of nowhere? We always used the same detergents and softeners without previous problems.
When I got married and moved out of my parents house, I continued to use Arm & Hammer Perfume and Dye free on our clothes. My husband who has had sensitive skin throughout his life noticed that his dry skin had cleared up a few months after we got married. He never realized that all these years his laundry detergent could have been what was irritating him! After about a year I started to miss that fresh laundry smell. With free and clear detergents there is no smell at all. After only the first washing in fragranced detergent, my husband and I were both reacting and decided maybe we will just stick to scentless laundry. When my little girl was born, it was a no brainer- we skipped right over the baby detergents and just used the same detergents we used for ourselves.
Since Arm & Hammer was a name we already trusted with our laundry, I decided to join the campaign to try out their new sensitive skin formula which had a “skin friendly fresh scent.” We completely swapped out the scent free detergent for this new formula and waited a few days. I even took a chance and cleaned the baby clothes in ARM & HAMMER Sensitive Skin Plus Skin-Friendly Fresh Scent. For the past two weeks we have been using it, no one in the family has had any skin reactions. My hubby doesn’t care about the smell of fresh laundry, but definitely noticed the clothes smelled a bit fresher than before. I, on the other hand, LOVE that our clothes come out smelling clean and fresh! The scent is not overpowering but adds a little fragrance to the clothes.
If you are using sensitive detergents for others in your household, then Arm & Hammer can make your life MUCH easier because the whole family can use it! You no longer have to remember which detergent to use for a specific load of laundry. In our case, we all used the same detergent so it didn’t make a difference, but I can see how it can simplify a laundry routine if you are using multiple products.
Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Arm & Hammer and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.