This is all going to sound really "Princess and the Pea" esque, and I'm sorry to put you through this. Not that sorry, though, because I feel like I may be keeping the aloe vera/oatmeal/Desatin business fiscally solvent these days.
I got severe contact dermititis from Woolite Complete
, and the local stores don't seem to carry Woolite Delicate anymore. Plus I'd like to have more options than just the one.
I need recommendations for detergents that meet the following characteristics:
Highly desirable but not required
- Effective at actually getting clothes clean (especially in terms of removing sweat, blood, tears, and other organic substances - these are bras we're talking about, not sweaters.)
- Appropriate for use in hand-washing garments
- Rinses away really really well (this is part of the "appropriate for hand-washing" thing.)
- Not going to make me gag when I use it (please, don't tell me to wash things in vinegar.)
- Basically colorsafe, gentle on the clothes, etc.
- Actually backed up by dermatologist surveys or whatever
- Doesn't smell anything like Ivory Classic Scent liquid dishsoap, Dawn Classic Scent liquid dishsoap, or any variety of Cascade Complete (I don't want to smell like my dishes)
- Carried by Wal-Mart or Meijer in Ohio/the American midwest
- All-natural, organic, etc. - I don't care. I don't want to spend a fortune or truck out to Whole Foods, however.
- Whether it can be used in washing machines - I have good solutions for that.
I am extremely sensitive to all kinds of things - I even get rashes from Aveeno Ultra "Calming"
products, and occasionally from my dish soaps (on my hands/arms.) Please, confine your suggestions to things that are actually fragrance-free if at all
possible; I know of whence I speak.
Oh - and if the answer is Dreft, All Free Clear, Ivory Snow or Tide Free & Gentle, please show me the documentation
that says you can actually use the product when hand-washing things, and tells you how much to use
. Everything I've been able to find suggests it's all formulated for washing machine use, and I don't want to spend $8 on something that won't work. :(
willing to give both Dreft and Ivory Snow a try despite the fact they are not
fragrance-free, if someone can prove to me that they can actually be used for hand-washing, because I am under the impression that the pickings are slim, but I'd really rather not, because the only way Dreft worked for my siblings - using washing machines - was to do an extra full wash cycle, with just water.)
Thanks in advance!