Allergies: Clothes Washing 101

Allergies: Clothes Washing 101

Ceela sells no laundry detergents because we believe you do not need them.

Removing detergent use is the simplest thing you can to do to help Allergies. Questions about washing clothes remain the most asked questions to me. It seems once someone gets the Ceela message, these become the most challenging questions. There are no safe laundry detergents when it comes to eczema, that we know. And many have published science showing they are endocrine disruptors.

Detergents bind to clothing and cause allergies. It does not take much Sodium Laurel Sulfate found in Seventh Generation products to cause a skin reaction. In fact, SLS can be used to create an eczema model for scientific studies.

Allergies: Clothes Washing 101

Long ago, clothes washing entered human history when we began to cover our bodies. People need running water to do this. Or they run a lot to water.

Water can rinse and wash. If you notice this family has no laundry detergent. Your journey with Ceela takes you to a place where you recognize you buy things that may not be helpful. The list of these “non-helpful” things includes detergents. We need to be very careful.

Companies Hide Detergent Ingredients

Companies sell these detergents and will not tell you the ingredients. “Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!”

Probably very little of these detergents existed 100 years ago. We are using chemicals without a safety net for humans. Most detergents, if not all of them, will cause eczema or atopic dermatitis at some concentration.

Above all else, when companies will not tell you what they put in things, they are not your friends. 

First, you need to stop buying products that refuse to list their ingredients. 

Second, stop using Laundry detergents.

I do not use laundry detergent. If you can, buy a washing machine and a dryer with a sanitizing cycle. 

Other options: Consumer Reports experts say you can also sanitize items by placing them in a boiling pot of water or by ironing them.

In reality, the temperature of most sanitizing water is 180 degrees Fahrenheit or 82 degrees Celsius. Most viruses and human disease causing bacteria/fungi do not survive this temperature in a typical sanitizing wash cycle. Bleach remains the best, but this damages clothing.

This high temperature kills Athlete’s foot fungi. In addition, the high temperature sanitizing cycle removes most oils from clothing. Between reducing the virus, bacteria and fungi, the sanitizing washer cycle really cleans.


Please consider using a borax-containing washing agent. This will wash out after a double rinse cycle.

We also recommend using distilled white vinegar. Add 1/2 cup in a gallon of water for gentle washing, and rinse thoroughly. If you are not allergic to citrus, lemon juice diluted the same way helps with a familiar scent.