It’s back to school and all those new Fall clothes that cause itchy skin and rashes. I can remember as a child hating new back-to-school clothes because they itched so much. I always had problems with sensitive skin rashes. My mother didn’t know to wash all new clothes several time and double rinse before putting them on my sensitive skin. She just thought I was a complainer and a “drama queen”.
Even today as an adult, I always wash all my new clothes three times with dye-free and fragrance-free detergent and double rinse before wearing. Some highly processed fabrics and very dark textile dyes still make me break out in rashes after this 3-wash treatment. Synthetic fabrics are colored with dyes that tend to irritate skin more than the dyes used for natural fabrics.
If clothes are labeled as wrinkle-free or stain-resistant, be very hesitant to purchase them if you or your child has sensitive skin. Your clothing may be processed with formaldehyde. Many people are allergic to formaldehyde . It takes many, many washings for these finishes to “wear” off. The clothes will look old and worn out before you can even safely wear them.
I always recommend wearing dye-free thin 100% cotton or 100% silk long underwear or t-shirts under suspect clothing. http://cottonique.com has some great cotton things for adults and children. I also recommend http://wintersilk.com for silk long underwear for children and adults.
If you have problems with allergy to the labels printed on the garments. Try my trick of using Wintergreen Oil. Brush it on the tagless label and let it sit for about 10 minutes. then use a tooth-brush to remove the loosened and dissolved bits of the tagless tag. Then wash the garment as usual. Wintergreen oil is non-toxic when used for removing labels in this manner. This method has worked successfully for me and many others on many types of printed labels.
Please leave a comment below if you have more hints. If you would like to learn more about skin allergies and how you can make them easier to live with visit my Allergy Comfort Zone Skin Allergies Store.
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