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

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

Abstract

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

Substances

  • Detergents