If you have fragrance sensitivities like me, laundry can be a real pain. It is comforting to know that many companies now are creating and mass producing fragrance free versions of laundry detergents. Procter & Gamble’s “Tide Free” has been available for years and can be found in most retailers. I’ve been a loyal fan since college. I have noticed that more options are becoming readily available. Sun Product’s “All Free & Clear” is being heavily advertised and seems to be available at most shops. They boast #1 recommendation by dermatologists for sensitive skin and have been buying TV ads. Even Costco’s brand Kirkland has a fragrance free version of laundry detergent. Last time I checked Costco, it saves you 30 cents to forgo the smelly stuff and switch to their fragrance free version. If you want a greener alternative both Seventh Generation and Method sell fragrance free laundry detergent. I see them often in Target and my supermarket. For years, I only remember having one option which was Tide Free. I’m very pleased that there are options now at most major retailers.
For those of you who don’t use fragrance free versions, please consider it. Do you really want multiple scents clashing? All the other products you use in a day colliding with laundry scents as well. Whether you believe that fragrances can be harmful to your health or not, for some of us, it is. And for those of us who get headaches, asthma attacks or allergic reactions to fragrances we appreciate any effort you make to reduce our exposure to them.
UPDATE: Since I posted this I have noticed quite a few more options…. Downy Free & Sensitive, Clorox Green Work’s Natural Free & Clear, Proctor & Gamble’s Cheer Free & Gentle, Arm & Hammer Essentials Free of Perfumes and Dyes, Mrs. Meyer’s Scent Free and even Southeast grocery store Publix has a Free & Clear generic offering. This is a really good trend.