Evaluation of the Relative Mildness of Commercial Sensitive Skin and Baby Laundry Detergents

Skinmed. 2020 Jan 1;18(1):14-16. eCollection 2020.


Laundry detergents that are free of fragrances and dyes should be recommended to patients with sensitive skin. To ensure mildness of these products, manufacturers typically conduct patch testing. A new method, which is more discerning than patch testing, called Detergent Mildness Index (DMI), has been described previously. Using the DMI method, 12 sensitive skin/baby laundry detergents, representing the top 85% of the marketplace, were evaluated. The product "all Free Clear®" was found to be the mildest liquid laundry detergent.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Detergents / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Skin / metabolism*
  • Skin Irritancy Tests / methods*
  • Skin Tests / methods


  • Detergents