Laundry Soap That Worked For Our Sensitive Skin

Trying out a new detergent can be hit or miss in our house, since both Jason and Levi have sensitive skin. We put Arm & Hammer® Liquid Laundry Detergent Sensitive Skin Plus to the test and were pleasantly surprised at the outcome. I was worried about the fragrance causing an eczema flare up for Jason, but it didn’t bother his skin at all. My clothes were clean and smelled fresh without the scent lingering too long. Arm & Hammer made our laundry routine stress-free and that makes it worth its weight in gold.


Levi’s skin was fine, too, though we do wash his cloth diapers with a special cloth diaper laundry soap, so I can’t really comment on how it might affect the diaper area (finding a laundry routine with cloth diapers is really tough, so I didn’t want to go through the trial & error of trying a new detergent for those).


The photo above is of Levi getting ready to help Jason with laundry – he was in charge of carrying the soap downstairs to our washer & dryer. He loves to carry stuff up and down from the basement. Jason does the majority of the laundry (I know, I know, I would totally fail at being a housewife) and we generally prefer liquid over powder detergent, since that seems to rinse cleaner and leave less buildup on the clothes.

We have an HE front-loading washing machine, so I always only use half the amount (or less) recommended on the bottle when I use non-HE-specific laundry soap. Even though I used way less than the directions said to use, my clothes still came out clean & smelling fresh. I’m sure that not only helps stretch my budget, since I’ll get more loads out of a single bottle, but it also helps me make sure we’re not using too much soap that could leave a residue that would cause skin irritation.

When you have sensitive skin, it’s important to use laundry detergent specifically designed for your family’s needs. Harsh chemicals, scents, and dyes can cause rashes or eczema flare ups, and that’s something nobody wants to deal with! You can find out more about the Sensitive Skin Plus line on the Arm & Hammer Facebook page. Their wall is always open for questions and comments, like which product line would work best if you have hard or soft water, sensitive skin or allergies.

Do you use scented or unscented laundry soap?

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Arm & Hammer and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.


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  2. We use purex free and clear and haven’t had any problems with sensitivity. I didn’t realize arm & Hammer has a sensitive formula. Good to know.

  3. We also use arm & hammer sensitive skin. The kind I buy is fragrance free. We have had issues with a ton of detergents (even the free & clear types). Arm &hammer is the only thing that has not flared her ezcema up!

  4. We’ve not tried the laundry detergent but otherwise I swear by Arm and Hammer. I always thought it was odorless, now I’m encouraged to pick up A&H on my next grocery round. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Meg T ucker says:

    Oh my gosh!!!!! You would not believe how I am suffering as we speak ( or as I write) with a rash like I have never seen!!! I know it’s from a new and different laundry detergent i bought and NEVER again will I do that!!! I need to go to the store and get some of this Arm and Hammer / Sensitive Skin immediatley!! (If I can stop scratching myself long enough) It’s miserable!

  7. Tracy Awalt Juliano says:

    Fortunately we don’t have skin allergies, so we can use both scented and unscented. I won a container of Charlie’s Soap laundry detergent in a giveaway a couple months ago, and that stuff is awesome. Hypo-allergenic, environmentally friendly, and it takes so little to do a load. I also won a bottle of stain remover, but I haven’t even had to use it because their laundry detergent works so well.

  8. I have eczema and other skin issues and at the moment have a rash on my inner left thigh, my inner left arm and my left breast. Nice huh? I’ll have to try this and see if the laundry soap isn’t perhaps contributing to my skin condition. Thanks for the review!

    wendy2lindsey at yahoo dot com

  9. Definitely unscented as we have skin allergies. We use the tide free for clothes and country save for cloth diapers.

  10. We use what I suspect is a knockoff of Seventh Generation’s free and clear, which has been great for us, although we don’t really have skin sensitivities (yet, knock on wood). I guess I don’t know any liquid CD-safe detergents? All the ones I know are powders…

  11. We do! I use rockin green hard rock for our diapers, lavender mint and Purex natural elements, lavender scent for our regular laundry. My daughter has really sensitive skin, and the Purex works great! She is potty trained, but I never could find a detergent that worked for her, so she was in sposies. The arm and hammer that you are testing broke her out terribly!!! The Purex dorks great for her though on regular laundry.

  12. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I use scented laundry detergent, but my kids were not sensitive to laundry detergent

  13. I just bought some the other day. Love it.

  14. Chelsea Saulpaugh says:

    We use a variety of different detergents. Usually just what ever is on sale. We have yet to have an issue with skin sensitivity.

  15. Jessica P. says:

    I make my own laundry soap. Ridiculously cheap,natural,and you can customize it to suit your own needs and preferences. I scent mine with tea tree oil!

  16. Fortunately we don’t have skin allergies, so we can use both scented and unscented.

  17. Fortunately we don’t have skin allergies, so we can use both scented and unscented

  18. Janet W. says:

    We’ve been using the All Clear and it has worked well with us. We have sensitive skin, too, plus I wash my grandson’s clothing.

  19. I also have severe sensitivity to dyes and perfumes in detergents and soaps. I have never gone wrong with Arm and Hammer products, although I mainly use the dye free/scent free kind. This one is new to me and I will have to go give it a try. So far my LO doesn’t have any sensitivities to anything but peas. She loathes them! :0) She is just like her daddy!

  20. Sarah B. says:

    I make my own laundry detergent. I love doing it! I leave mine unscented, but have been really wanting to scent it. I just need to get my butt in gear and go buy some essential oils.

  21. My family and I have a ton of skin allergies so we an unscented laundry detergent is a must. Arm & Hammer is the BEST in the world!

    Love your blogs and suggestions to hug a friend, send a handwritten card, and have a better day.

    Thank you!!

  22. My kids have tons of allergies so we depend on unscented laundry detergent to do the job.

    Arm & Hammer is my family’s favorite!

    Love your blogs and tips for having a great day! Thank you!

  23. Great post, I use unscented detergent.

  24. Lindsay Oussa says:

    We use ALL free and clear, because my little ones have sensitive skin. I will have to give this a try! Thx 🙂

  25. Maia Hinderman says:

    I used to use this detergent, but now I make my own. Works for our sensitive skin and so much cheaper. 🙂

  26. We use All Free & Clear, but since we’re about to start cloth diapering, I’m trying to hunt down the military version w/o brighteners.

  27. Kristi A. says:

    We use whatever is cheapest! lol, I might be trying this kind though. 🙂

  28. I recently started using Arm and Hammer powdered detergent, I switched from Tide. I love Tide, but wasn’t crazy about the price. I love the A&H because it’s more economical, but still works just as well. Also, with my stinky boy, I was adding baking soda or vinegar to most loads anyway. (Ok, I’ll admit I sometimes forget to rotate loads and end up with mildew) The A&H makes extra soda/vinegar unnecessary.

    As for your question, I prefer unscented where I can get it. That’s for laundry soap, diaper wipes, lotions, etc. I find that a lot of times the scented versions dry out my family’s skin, and we don’t even have any sensitivities.

  29. We use whatever is on sale and havent had any issues yet, im just now starting cloth diapers so ill have to pay attention to what I buy

  30. Kelly Pepper says:

    We have rash issues with certain detergents over here too. I haven’t tried this one yet….just put it on my grocery list. 😉

  31. Suzy Allen says:

    I’ve actually been thinking about trying a different kind. We currently use All FC which seems to be working for us, but sometimes the stains don’t come out as well as I would like. I might pick some of this up next time, thanks for the tip!

  32. I didn’t know Arm and Hammer had a sensitive skin version – I like using something simple as baking soda to clean.

  33. Jourdan says:

    we use ALL free and clear… we have a top loading h/e washer…. i still use the full amount though!i could be doing something wrong!

  34. I’m intrigued! I have sensitive skin, too, as does my daughter. I had dermititis as a kid, and my daughter seems to show some of the same signs. Scented laundry detergent breaks me out usually, especially if I use it for very long. But if this works, I may use it instead of my Free & Clear detergent. 🙂

  35. I use a lightly scented detergent that I make myself. I, too, have a front-load HE washer, and it’s always good to know what detergents work well in them!

  36. This is a helpful blog! We use All Free & Clear

  37. This is awesome. not only do i have sensitive skin but so do the babies. always looking for cheap/good on sensitive skin options. i will probably end up just making my own.

  38. Hello there! I just discovered this detergent myself a little while ago. My entire household has sensitive skin. I always used All free&clear, until I saw this on sale one day. I gave it a shot, and it works great! Plus we get a nice, mild, clean scent to our clothes now! It goes on sale all the time too, so we switched.

  39. Jessica Penix-Connell says:

    I use scented laundry soap. I also use the same laundry soap to wash all of hubby’s and my clothes and also daughters clothes and cloth diapers. It seems to be working out for everyone and its much easier. I wash our clothes separtly though.

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