Y.I. asks from Louisville, KY on January 22, 2008
I have been washing my baby clothes with Dreft detergent. She has a very sensitive skin and develops eczema frequently. Could somebody recommend another detergent that will be good for my daughter and not as expensive as dreft?
So What Happened?™
I just wanted to thank all of you for your replies. I appreciated all your thoughts and suggestions. I decided to try ALL FREE AND CLEAR and it worked wonders for us. My daughter's skin is really soft and no more eczema!!!! I am extremely happy. I guess all her skin problems were due to the dreft detergent.
Again thank you all
R.C. answers from Cincinnati on February 29, 2008
L.E. answers from Cleveland on February 27, 2008
L.P. answers from Lexington on February 11, 2008
J.A. answers from Cincinnati on February 07, 2008
I don't know about Dreft. However, I'd like to recommend Arbonne International baby products and skin conditioning oil for your baby's sensitive skin. The Arbonne ABC (baby) products have helped many babies with sensitive skin. They are botanically based, contain no nut oils, are hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested, and are free of chemical dyes and fragtrances. They are vegan certified and smell good, naturally. Adults with excema have also benefited from the combination of the baby lotions and the skin conditioning oil. You can find out more about buying at wholesale prices (35% or more off of retail) at aphrodite.myarbonne.com or by calling ###-###-####. Good luck with your baby!!!
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H.H. answers from Cleveland on January 22, 2008
J.K. answers from Dayton on February 23, 2008
L.D. answers from Cincinnati on January 23, 2008
S.C. answers from Lexington on January 23, 2008
Y.B. answers from Cincinnati on March 04, 2008
Both of my children also have eczema(they are now 6 and 9) but I always used Tide but I always washed there clothes separately from ours until they were about 4 years old. I think it has more to do with the chemicals from the other clothes than what detergent you use... Just a thought
L.G. answers from Columbus on January 22, 2008
L.W. answers from Dayton on January 23, 2008
K.T. answers from Cincinnati on January 23, 2008
M.L. answers from Columbus on February 05, 2008
J.F. answers from Cleveland on January 23, 2008
My son and one of my daughters have very dry skin and I have been able to use Purex Free and Clear. It is in a white bottle and has a clear lid. Neither one of them have had any problems with it. If that doesn't work you can always try All for babies. It is a lot cheaper then Dreft.
T.S. answers from Lexington on January 23, 2008
there are so many harsh chemicals in products that we assume to be safe.If it's not meant to be eaten, the government doesn't regulate it. Most stuff bought in the stores have caustic fillers,soda ash,formadehyde,even neuro toxins and cancer causing ingredients. (I don't know about Dreft in particular)I have a membership with a wellness company that has products that are very safe and soooooo effective. The laundry soap coast .16 per load compared to tide at .25 they also have a line of baby products and a lotion that is proven effective for eczema. Their products are less per use than grocery store stuff. If you would like you can contact me through my web site and I can tell you more about it.
J.G. answers from Cleveland on January 23, 2008
We use Purex Baby for all the little ones clothes (3 yr, 2 yr and 7 mo.), it's about $3-4 a bottle. And if you shop at Giant Eagle, you can join the Baby Rewards program and get coupons for $1 off if you buy one.
But anyways, since I had the baby I do run the clothes though an extra rinse cycle - he was braking out when he was littler. And the extra rinse stopped the brake out. I don't use fabric softner on any of their cloths, because I have tried many and 2 of the kids brake out from them.
Hope you find something cheaper that works!
L.T. answers from Lexington on February 14, 2008
I know that sensitive skin is hard finding a detergent, I now have a 14 yr. old that was the same way. What I have found is that tide is not as harsh, but it depends on the person really. You can try the small bottle, experiment on a couple outfits, if it doesn't work use it on your clothes. I use the Tide with febreeze, and she hasn't had a reaction and I have used it for years. I cannot use the one with bleach or the cold water...it is different some how.
J.H. answers from Columbus on February 05, 2008
The best ever detergent for highly sensative skin is Earth Friendly Products liquid HE detergent. It's cheaper than Tide HE and WAY BETTER. It has nothing in it to irritate skin and is very effective. I have such sensative skin that i can't even use fabric sheets in the dryer. My daughter takes after me and as long as I stick to the natural soaps for her (skin, clothes, etc), she has no problems! You can find this detergent at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods in Columbus. Health in Hand in Lancaster may also have it. Or, if you can't go to Columbus, try 7th Generation soap. It's a little more expensive, but lasts a lot longer (as does the Earth Friendly Products) and they have a free and clear that we've had no problems with. It is more expensive than the earth friendly products, though. You can find it at Kroger in the Natural Market section.
H.A. answers from Columbus on January 23, 2008
A.G. answers from Cleveland on January 31, 2008
J.V. answers from Columbus on January 23, 2008
Hello! It is possible that it is not so much the dreft, as the other skin care you are using. I, too have had this problem. I continued to use Dreft and then purchased Arbonne baby skin care. No more eczema-EVER. This stuff is great not only for babies, but for kids and adults. I use it and have been off my steroid for eczema since I began using it. Let me know if you want to try, I can tell you where you can get it! You can reach me at ____@____.com
T.S. answers from Toledo on January 23, 2008
L.R. answers from Boca Raton on January 23, 2008
D.Z. answers from Cleveland on January 23, 2008
Be careful not to confuse "natural" with non-toxic. Most of the laundry detergents mentioned in this thread are full of fillers and toxic chemicals. Companies can use the word "natural" on their labels by meeting minimum criteria. The whole formulation does not have to be natural. So, common household laundry detergents still have toxic chemicals in them, These chemicals are absorbed into your system through your skin and have been linked to cancers, damage to the lungs and central nervous system, liver damage and destruction of tissue and mucous membranes.
Also, look for an ingredient such as quaternium-15 which is used in most personal care products including baby shampoos, toothpaste, lotions, etc. It is a formaldehyde releaser and has been directly linked to cancer as well.
If you want to learn more about toxic chemicals in household products and about safer alternatives (more importantly!) please go to my website:
C.B. answers from Louisville on February 15, 2008
I don't know if it's less expensive, but there are natural laundry detergents you can get that don't have harsh or toxic chemicals. You can find them at Rainbow Blossom, Amazing Grace or Wholefoods. It's worth a try. I only use natural cleaning products. Much easier on the environment too. Good luck!
M.W. answers from Cleveland on January 23, 2008
M.S. answers from Cincinnati on January 23, 2008
J.E. answers from Cleveland on January 27, 2008
B.R. answers from Cincinnati on February 22, 2008
M.R. answers from Columbus on January 23, 2008
I use SA8 for sensitive skin. My son has never had a problem, and while I'm not sure the price of dreft, this is probably cheaper. He just turned one and we have only gone through 3 boxes of it. I am a distributor for the company, you can reach me at ____@____.com if you are interested
E.M. answers from Cleveland on January 23, 2008
I have used ALL brand detergent in the white bottle that is called Free and clear (liguid) since my daughter was born. She will be 11 years old soon. Always try to use a liquid detergent and put it in first before the clothes so that it can dissolve completely in the water. I wash the whole family clothes, all towels and blankets in it. It can be found at walmart for about $3.95 and ask people to save you coupons for ALL. The coupon is usually $1.00 off. Marc's and Giant Eagle also sell the free and clear ALL and sometimes put it on sale. I also never use any dryer sheets at all and no Downy in the washer. Let me know how this works for you!
V.D. answers from Toledo on January 22, 2008
M.F. answers from Dayton on February 06, 2008
B.B. answers from Cincinnati on January 24, 2008
I have been washing all my clothes in Amway detergent for the past 40 years and have never had a problem. Of courst my kids are grown, but my daughter as a 2 year old and she has always used Amway. You wont's get ir for $5.00 a box, I think the last box, 7 l/2 lbs, lasted me for about 1 1/2 years and it cost $27.00. Of course I only do laundry for one, but my daughter does laundry for 3 and she loves it.
L.G. answers from Cleveland on January 23, 2008
A.D. answers from Columbus on January 25, 2008
I like Charlie's Soap, it rinses clean so there shouldn't be residue left over to irritate your daughter. You may need to wash her clothes a few times in Charlie's, though, as it will remove the residue that Dreft has left on the clothes. http://www.charliesoap.com/
R.M. answers from Columbus on January 23, 2008
A.A. answers from Canton on January 23, 2008
S.T. answers from Dayton on February 20, 2008
E.M. answers from Columbus on January 23, 2008
L.C. answers from Cleveland on January 23, 2008
A.S. answers from Lima on January 23, 2008
A.W. answers from Cleveland on January 22, 2008
M.R. answers from Cincinnati on January 23, 2008
K.L. answers from Louisville on January 23, 2008
I have extremely sensitive skin & unfortunately passed that on to my daughter. We use any brand of detergent that is fragrance free, no dyes or perfumes (just about every brand makes one now so they are cheaper than Dreft). Don't forget to use the same for your softener (Downy) and/or dryer sheets.....hope this helps!
C.E. answers from Cincinnati on January 23, 2008
M.L. answers from Cincinnati on January 26, 2008
charlie's is the best detergent that i have tried...
it is environmentally friendly, leaves NO residue not juse odor free because it lacks a scent, but odor free because it doesn't leave a film on your clothes!
just google Charlie's laundry soap and you can read all about it.
L.E. answers from Cleveland on February 27, 2008
J.G. answers from Cincinnati on January 23, 2008
I did a lot of research on replacing Dreft when we got our new HE machine. You can't use Dreft in an HE machine because it is too sudsy. However, I saw so much online that said that regular detergents are actually better if you get "free of dyes and perfumes". Dreft (and most other baby detergents) have lots of perfume to them to give that "baby smell". All, Tide, Cheer, and just about all the other brands make a "Free" detergent. Purex is a good brand at a great price. I believe they also have a version that is dye and perfume free.
T.W. answers from Cleveland on January 23, 2008
S.S. answers from Louisville on January 31, 2008
B.C. answers from Lima on February 19, 2008
A.O. answers from Columbus on January 23, 2008
S.C. answers from Toledo on January 24, 2008
A.W. answers from Louisville on January 24, 2008
Q.D. answers from Cleveland on January 25, 2008
C.G. answers from Toledo on January 23, 2008
H.S. answers from Cleveland on January 23, 2008
I never used Dreft with my daughter because my husband was allergic to it. It turns out it was a good thing because she has alot of allergies and eczema as well. I used Ivory Snow with her, but it is actually more expensive than Dreft. We never had a problem with it. I switched her to All Free and Clear when she was 14mos old, which is what my famliy uses. She is now 20mos and has had no problems with the All. Some of my friends used the Baby All and really liked it.
BTW- Eucerin Original Cream is a great moisturizer for eczema. It is the only thing we use on my daughter. Her allergist also said not to use Johnson & Johnson's Baby wash. He said it was the worst soap for baby skin. We swtiched to the Aveeno Baby Wash at 11mos and her skin improved dramatically.
Good Luck, H.
P.Z. answers from Cleveland on January 23, 2008
S. answers from Cincinnati on January 22, 2008
I researched Dreft and found more than it would be appropriate to share here. If you want to contact me personally, I'll send you what I found. The recommendations also deal with eczema so it may answer more than one of your questions. You can reach me at: ____@____.com of luck in your search for something better.
M.C. answers from Toledo on January 23, 2008
R.C. answers from Cincinnati on February 29, 2008
P.S. answers from Cincinnati on January 23, 2008
Don't know that you'll find anything cheaper than Dreft, but some other store brands offer "all natural" ingredients (Tide, All, Purex). There's also the company Melalueca that offers natural products via mail order. Check out their website (I may have misspelled) or ask some people you know if the use products from them and if you could sample the detergent.
S.F. answers from Dayton on January 23, 2008
M.S. answers from Toledo on January 23, 2008
B.G. answers from Lexington on January 23, 2008
T.H. answers from Cleveland on January 23, 2008
As a mother of an almost 5 year old with sensitive skin too, when you do change go to a free & clear detergent. I use usually the Arm&Hammer version of this or Purex....once you find on stick to it, same with a softner, I use the pink lid Downy. I try to keep it to one of the two of these detergents but have alot more leeway than I once did. Good luck & I hope this helps....oh also there are "generic" versions of Dreft in some stores too!
M.R. answers from Cincinnati on January 23, 2008
A.P. answers from Columbus on January 22, 2008
T.B. answers from Cincinnati on January 23, 2008
C.R. answers from Columbus on January 23, 2008
I use Charlie's Soap - www.charliessoap.com - and I love it. It seems expensive (around $20.00 a gallon), but it lasts forever b/c you only use 1/8 of a cup each load. It's supposed to be great for sensitive skin, etc. I use it for all my laundry, so you don't have to buy 2 kinds :)
Hope this helps.
L.K. answers from Cleveland on January 23, 2008
S.S. answers from Lexington on January 23, 2008
M.P. answers from Cincinnati on January 23, 2008
A.K. answers from Columbus on January 23, 2008
my son has sensitive skin too. we use all brand detergent. they have a baby one and one called all free and clear. i didnt see a difference between the two. we wash all of the families clothes (unless they are soiled badly) in the same wash. the detergent has no dyes or fragrances. it has worked for us since birth with no problems. i think you can get on the all website and get a sample. :) hope this helps.
B.F. answers from Toledo on January 23, 2008
My daughter also suffers from eczema and we use baby purex for her, also much cheaper then Dreft. For her bath and lotions we use Cetraphil. When i see red or dry patches i use a 100% cocoa butter stick you can purchase at any body shop store. I know we have one at Westfield. Good luck!
L.B. answers from Toledo on January 23, 2008
I have used All Free and Clear for years until about a year ago when I started making my own laundry soap. It is so inexpensive, it's an incredible savings with 6 in our family. One of the ingredients is Fels Naptha. You can also use just plain old Ivory instead of that, although I've never tried it yet.
You can also start using just plain ol' distilled white vinegar instead of fabric softener. It naturally clears out any residue and leaves clothes soft. (I still use a squirt of fabric softener for a good smell and the baby is doing ok so far.)
If you are interested in the whole recipe, I could email to you or something.
A.K. answers from Columbus on January 22, 2008
A.Y. answers from Cleveland on January 23, 2008
I used Dreft for like 2 months with my daughter, but changed since it was getting expensive to buy 2 detergents. I change to All Free & Clear and had no problems and she has sensitive skin. I still use it but sometime I change and use other "Free" detergents like, Tide, Purex, Arm & Hammer. As long as it doesn't have any dyes you should be fine.
C.L. answers from Columbus on February 12, 2008
i highly recommend using Cetaphil lotions and soaps for your daughter. My friends son has the same problem and that is what her pediatrician recommended. Use both the bar soap and lotion. You can get them in larger sizes for a decent price at Target. CVS makes an off brand. It works really good and fast too.
W.C. answers from Lexington on January 23, 2008
We use Allen's Naturally. It's $25 for a box, but I only use 1/2 scoop per load and we're only through half a box a year later - and we do CD every other day with it too, so you'd probably use less. It doesn't look/smell/have any additives - it's all natural, thus the name. We've loved it. Make sure you lotion her up after baths too!! When we forget that we get eczema too....
K.R. answers from Columbus on January 23, 2008
T.P. answers from Cincinnati on January 23, 2008
Like the other moms have said All has a really good "free" detergent. Also you need to be sure you are washing anything that comes in contact with your child in the "free" detergent. Your clothes, towels, washclothes, and any bedding/blankets she may touch. Also be aware of what lotions, soaps, and perfumes you are wearing as they can also cause baby to break out. I assume you are still using a baby bath tub for her but when you switch her to the big tub you may have to rethink the bath soap/shampoo/conditioners you and your family use as they can leave residue in the tub that can cause a reaction in her. When my daughter transitioned to the big tub I ended up having to buy a storage tote that was big enough to bath her in because everything we used made her break out and no matter how well I cleaned our tub or what I used she still would break out. Hope this helped.
C.H. answers from Cleveland on January 23, 2008
I have very sensitive skin as well as my children. My youngest child is 6 yrs old now. I have been using ALL free and Clear for several years now. I even used it when my 6 yr old was a baby. She still develops eczema, especially in the winter, but it is not as bad.
R.K. answers from Cincinnati on January 23, 2008
Any "free" detergent is just is good, if not better. My kids were sensitive and I used Tide Free most of the time and All Free some of the time. Even Arm and Hammer has a "free" version that I like and is very inexpensive when it is on sale. My kids are older now but I still use the "frees" since fragrances added to most detergents are bad for the environment.
K.S. answers from Cleveland on January 23, 2008
I don't know how much Dreft costs but I've been using Seventh Generation Baby detergent. It is totally fragrance free and has a petroleum free(ie vegetable based)formula. I buy it through amazon by the case(6 bottles at a time) I still haven't gone through my first case and my baby was born in July!!If you join their subcribe and save you can get a case for $25.59 and they ship it for free.If you don't go through it in 6 months you can push back the shipment until you need it again. (they may even have dreft, but I 'm not sure)I haven't had any problems with eczema using this detergent(and my boy is extremely sensitive to detergents, he gets a rash when he lays his head on his grandma or grandpa's shoulder for any length of time)Also, I stopped giving Gabriel a bath every day he now gets one about two times a week and he hasn't had as much of a problem with dry patches. The doctor said that we often overbathe them and as long as you keep their dirty parts clean there isn't a problem with bathing them less.
H.G. answers from Cleveland on January 23, 2008
I second (and third!) any response taht says to try a fragrance and dye free brand of detergent. What really workd for my son was to switch detergent, dryer sheets (Bounce Free or All Free) and the baby wash we were using. Find a baby wash for sensitive skin (Aveeno comes to mind) and use that, too. Her excema may be caused by many sources, not just detergent. Good Luck!
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