Clothes Washing – Some thoughts from Twitter ….

The comments below are a selection of tweets taken from our Twitter account, eczemasupport, and managed brilliantly by Amanda. Caution – some of the tweets expressed come from the heart! The views expressed are those of the individual twitter account holders and are not necessarily the view of the NSGCCE or any of its associates.

https://twitter.com/learningtofloat/status/1047135532248158209

When you have #eczema what is the best way to wash your clothes? Temp, cycle etc. Laundry load not looking that clean did at 40c. Do bedding at 60 or 95. @EczemaTales @eczemasupport @eczemasociety

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https://twitter.com/LadyMirtazapine/status/1047136920818651136

We do everything at 60° or, if it can’t tolerate that, it gets hand washed. But most things seem to cope. When I’m having a flare nothing gets worn more than once, and bedding change after 5 days.

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https://twitter.com/learningtofloat/status/1047138641242394624

Oh thanks Sarah. Didn’t know you had eczema too. Have you shrunk anything at 60c? How do you know what can’t cope with 60c? Having to change bedding and clothes more frequently last few weeks…but skin now settling

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https://twitter.com/eczemasociety/status/1047141929132142595

We have an article on laundry here http://www.eczema.org/documents/699 , which you might find helpful. Suggest using non-bio products, do an extra rinse cycle, avoid fabric conditioner…it is quite individual, though, in terms of what works best

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https://twitter.com/EczemaTales/status/1047148957363789824

I also wash clothes more and use non bio (I seem okay with Persol or ecover, fairy is awful for me), and use no fragrance when skin is bad. Right now not flaring and can use fragrance with no issues. Temp wise I’ve never thought to change it but interesting! Might try 60

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https://twitter.com/learningtofloat/status/1047152458433220610

Issue is i can still see flakes of skin on my clothes

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https://twitter.com/LadyMirtazapine/status/1047173853972185092

I may have shrunk one top. It’s woollen things and delicate that have the most risk of shrinkage, but I avoid wool, and don’t have much call for anything fancy and delicate nowadays. Immunology gave me a fact sheet saying to wash sheets, towels, etc at 60 to kill more allergens,

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https://twitter.com/LadyMirtazapine/status/1047174477510049792

So we thought we’d see how that worked with the clothes as well to get rid of allergens there – Raj suggested it – and it feels like it’s done good, it certainly hasn’t done any great harm.

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https://twitter.com/sarahjchapman/status/1047212895833079814

I used to soak my son’s clothes overnight in bucket of cold salt water. Then Wash at 40. It removed the ezcema creams and skin flakes.

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https://twitter.com/sarahjchapman/status/1047213211743924224

Although it didn’t drown those nasty dustmites. That requires very hot wash. I hate dust mites

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https://twitter.com/eczemasupport/status/1047209027506200576

And don’t forget that greasy emollients can still be a flame hazard on clothing although it has been washed #eczema

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https://twitter.com/EczemaTales/status/1047261536933335040

At the moment my skin is really calm (touchwood!) but I get what you mean. I feel everything needs ore freqent washing and more deep cleaning when I flare and use more greasy products too! Do you find 60 helps with ridding of emollient residue etc too?

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https://twitter.com/learningtofloat/status/1047400134903042048

I don’t think bio/non bio effects me. Perhaps i used too short a cycle…reduced a 2.5 hour cycle to 1.5hours. Could that be why clothes still look flaky…plus being a 40 wash?

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https://twitter.com/LadyMirtazapine/status/1047559603033198592

I don’t think I’ve ever reduced the cycle. And I don’t even know what brand we’re using at the moment. Just whatever large box of liquitabs is on sale when we need a new one. I know if I try to use eco or, ironically, ones marketed as more sensitive, I flare up though

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https://twitter.com/eczemasupport/status/1047603086670422016

Think liquitabs may have more potential for irritation coz of formula Why Capsules Pose Bigger Risks Than Regular Detergent http://blogs.wsj.com/corporate-intelligence/2013/11/19/why-pods-pose-bigger-risks-than-regular-detergent/ … #eczema #surfactants

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https://twitter.com/LadyMirtazapine/status/1047700743170531328

For ages the drawer on our washing machine was broken, so we could only use tabs.

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https://twitter.com/learningtofloat/status/1047763329270403072

I prefer tablets or liquid. No powder left behind. I don’t seem sensitive to my washing liquid.

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https://twitter.com/SandraDerm/status/962592705082773504

Warning hundreds of fire deaths may be linked to skin creams

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