Best laundry detergent for sensitive skin


Sensitive skin is a common issue and requires some special attention, especially when it comes to skin care. If you have sensitive skin, it’s likely you’re already using specific cosmetics and products that are gentle on your skin, including creams, soaps, moisturisers and makeup removers. But are you also using a laundry detergent designed for sensitive skin? If not, it could be time to make the switch.


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Laundry detergent for sensitive skin

If your skin is sensitive and prone to irritation, using a laundry detergent for sensitive skin will provide extra care.  Indeed, the fabrics washed with these detergents are softer and have a delicate fragrance smell, so they can cause less irritation.  Such hypoallergenic detergents are gentle next to your skin, while still giving a powerful cleanse and washing your clothes properly.  They are also gentler on the dyes in coloured fabric clothing.

What are the symptoms of allergy?

If your current washing detergent is inadequate for your skin type, your body will certainly give you a sign. Look out for these common symptoms of allergic reactions to washing detergents:

  • Swelling
  • Red rash
  • Itching, which may intensify over time
  • Scaly skin
  • Burning
  • Bumps
  • Blisters

Always consult a medical professional to check which ingredients you are allergic to.

Once you know your skin reacts to certain ingredients you can look for dedicated sensitive skin products, including a hypoallergenic washing powder or liquid detergent for sensitive skin. Check the ingredient label on the pack to see if the allergen is in the formula. Sensitive detergents are usually formulated without the most common skin allergens or at very low and safe levels. 

Which detergent should I use on sensitive skin? 

Shoppers voted Fairy Non Bio the number one laundry brand for sensitive skin*. It’s a non-bio detergent that leaves the clothes gentle next to skin. Read our article what’s the difference between bio and non-bio detergentsAll products from the Fairy Non-Bio range are kind to most sensitive skin types and can be used to wash the clothes of all family members, making them safe for your baby’s skin, too.  All of the Fairy Non Bio range has been dermatologically accredited by the Skin Health Alliance.

Pods, washing powder or liquid for sensitive skin

Laundry pods, liquids and washing powders will all clean your clothes, but each have unique properties. Washing powders that contain active oxygen bleach are often more effective against stains. Fairy Non Bio Washing Powder is our most powerful solution, giving you the best action on stains and dyes while also being ideal for sensitive skin. Washing liquid is versatile, easy to use, and good for pre-treating heavily soiled clothes.

Laundry capsules or pods may be easier to use and dose than powder detergents. Liquids contained inside the laundry capsules also generally rinse out better than powder detergents. 

Fabric softener for sensitive skin — should I use it? 

Yes! Fabric conditioners make your clothes smell nicer, feel softer, and thus less irritating to your skin, so it’s worth using them with every wash. Make fabric softener an integral part of your sensitive skin care routine. 

What’s the best fabric softener for sensitive skin? 

We recommend using Fairy Non Bio Fabric Conditioner as it is Voted #1 fabric softener brand for sensitive skin* and it has been dermatologically accredited by the Skin Health Alliance. Its gentle formula will give you huggably soft clothes with a lovely fragrance, and gentle scent that lingers for a long time. Find out more here.

Choose the right laundry detergent for your children 

Finding the best laundry detergent for your children’s sensitive skin doesn’t have to be stressful. Fairy Non Bio has been voted the #1 laundry brand for sensitive skin and is suitable for the sensitive skin of your whole family, including babies (read more about washing baby clothes).

The entire range wraps your family’s skin in huggable softness that lasts for a long time. The products come in a variety of forms (powder, gel, capsules and liquid), giving you freedom of choice to pick your favourite laundry detergent for sensitive skin for your family. 

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*Online panel of 3327 females among which Fairy Non Bio detergent was voted most often as the #1 detergent for sensitive skin.